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John C

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HMS Lizard and preparations for Normandy landings 1944
« on: December 24, 2018, 05:03:18 pm »
Does anyone have photos of the WW2 navy ops based at Shoreham and Southwick?
I would also like to see any photos of the ex Navy craft on or soon after arrival at Shoreham before conversion to houseboats.

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Re: HMS Lizard and preparations for Normandy landings 1944
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2018, 07:52:07 pm »
I expect that there could be photographs in the Shoreham Herald archives,I doubt if many are in private hands as film was unobtainable during the war and shortly after.
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Re: HMS Lizard and preparations for Normandy landings 1944
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2018, 09:54:25 pm »
I don’t have any photos for you, but there is a mention of HMS Lizard in the book “Shoreham Harbour Insights” (published by Shoreham Port Authority 2010).
If you don’t have a copy I believe there is one in the reference section of Shoreham Library.
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Re: HMS Lizard and preparations for Normandy landings 1944
« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2018, 07:39:03 am »
These are the only local photos of the landing craft and locations at HMS Lizard that I know of - although I'm sure I've seen a painting of WW2 landing craft lined up at Shoreham but can't find it now. The LC at Holmbush roundabout is one of the widely used Higgins landing craft but that particular one wasn't necessarily actually used at Shoreham.

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Re: HMS Lizard and preparations for Normandy landings 1944
« Reply #4 on: December 26, 2018, 08:17:47 am »
Remember this one?
MTB 618 Samichon 16 Riverbank Shoreham by sea
Photo courtesy  Anthony Dennis Thompson
Fairmile "D" Class Interchangebale Motor Gunboat/Motor Torpedo Boat.
Built by: P. K. Harris, Appledore.
Ordered: 27/04/1941
Completed: 27/06/1942.
Royal Norwegian Navy, 1942 - 1944.
MTB.618, 1943.
Fate: For Sale, 01/1945.

This site may help too:-
https://www.facebook.com/shorehambyseahouseboatshistory/

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Re: HMS Lizard and preparations for Normandy landings 1944
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2018, 10:43:35 am »
Thanks Nelson for those photos - not seen them before. Adds another piece to the jigsaw!

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Re: HMS Lizard and preparations for Normandy landings 1944
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2018, 08:54:11 am »
Can anyone remember the landing craft that were used to give pleasure trips up and down the Adur at high tide possibly in the early 50's ? They were named the 'Commando King', 'Commando Queen' and possible others.
I seem to remember that they ran for a few months pefore the economics and/or frequent groundings ended them.
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Re: HMS Lizard and preparations for Normandy landings 1944
« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2019, 12:04:00 pm »
This thread was relevant  http://www.shorehambysea.com/simple_machines_forum/index.php?topic=53.msg173#msg173

The explanation for the fuel tanks and pipes that fed the slipways at Kingston.
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