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Old 06 June 2014, 11:38   #1
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D Day celebration

I'm sure a lot of Forum members would like to join me in Remembering those Momentous Events of 70 years ago.
Not least the Great Debt we ALL owe to the Bravery and determination of the ordinary Men and Woman who took part!
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Old 06 June 2014, 11:59   #3
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My grandfather was there, he didn't land but he was on one the ships.

I hope to see him soon, I did trace the ships he was on during and after the war last year
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The Right Stuff: BBC News - D-Day: Hove veteran defies ban for Normandy trip

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My grandfather was there
Same here.
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This is some information on HMS Redpole, the ship my grand father was on during 1943 and 1944...



1 9 4 3



June Contractors trials and commissioned for service in 7th Escort Group.

26th Build completion and commenced Acceptance Trials



July On completion of trials and storing took passage to Tobermory to commence Work-up for

operational service.

Carried out work-up at Tobermory

Passage to Scapa Flow to complete work-up with ships of Home Fleet.



August On completion took passage to Greenock

Joined Group based at Greenock for convoy escort and support in Atlantic.



September Detached for service at Gibraltar for convoy escort and support in Mediterranean and Atlantic.



October Deployment at Gibraltar in continuation

to

December



1 9 4 4



January Nominated for return to 7th Escort Group.



February Passage to UK to rejoin Group and deployed on convoy defence in Home waters.



March Deployed in NW Approaches and UK coastal waters for convoy defence.

to

April



May Nominated for duty with Support Force G during Assault Phase of planned allied landings

in Normandy (Operation NEPTUNE).

For details of naval activities before and during landings see OPERATION NEPTUNE by

K Edwards and LANDINGS IN NORMANDY June 1944 (HMSO).

3rd Took part in Final Rehearsal for NEPTUNE landings with ships of Force G

4th Took part in Exercise FABIUS at Hayling Island with ships and craft of Forces G, J and G.

See references.

18th Took part in Defence exercise off Brighton with Forces S, G and J.

21st Preparation for NEPTUNE.



June Passage to Solent.

Nominated for escort of Assault Convoy G5 to Gold beach head

HM Trawler BOMBARDIER joined

5th Passage through swept channel with Convoy.

6th On arrival at Lowering position detached and returned to Portsmouth to join HM Sloop

STORK and HM Escort Destroyer EGLINTON in 116th Escort Group for defence of follow-up

convoys.

27th On termination of NEPTUNE deployed for Channel convoy escort and patrol.



July Nominated for duty in Eastern Fleet on completion of refit.

5th Passage to Clyde

6th Taken in hand for refit in Clyde commercial shipyard



August Under refit



September On completion of post refit trials took passage for work-up.

Passage to join military convoy in Clyde on completion of work-up.



October

1st Sailed from Clyde as part of escort for Convoy KMF35 during passage to Port Said.

11th At Gibraltar and joined escort of Convoy KMS65 during passage in Mediterranean to Port

Said.

21st Arrived at Port Said and detached from KMS65.

Canal transit and passage in Red Sea.



November Passage in Indian Ocean

6th Joined Eastern Fleet at Trincomalee.

Transferred to East Indies Fleet of formation when some Eastern Fleet ships transferred to

British Pacific Fleet



December Deployed for convoy defence.

Prepared for support of planned landings in Burma.

(For details of Eastern Fleet activities see OPERATION PACIFIC BY E Gray, THE

FORGOTTEN FLEET by J Winton and WAR WITH JAPAN (HMSO).)
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Mine was over it towing gliders flying dakotas. Listening to the coverage really makes you stop and think about what they did...
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I'm sure a lot of Forum members would like to join me in Remembering those Momentous Events of 70 years ago.
Not least the Great Debt we ALL owe to the Bravery and determination of the ordinary Men and Woman who took part!
+1

Through their actions we enjoy our lives. We owe them massively.
Just seen some of the coverage, very moving.
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Yes very humbling watching it all and we shall never forget
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