HMS Bulolo

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  1. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    This was the Command ship for Gold Beach, anchored off the coast. The Father of a good friend of mine (John Budd from Rye in West Sussex. Recently passed away), served on HMS Bulolo and then later went to HMS Belfast. I've always wanted to post about casualties sustained on 7 June 1944. I now have enough information.

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    They are now commemorated on the Normandy Memorial and buried at sea, close to where they lost their lives.

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    Arromanches

    7 June 1944
    Ships Log

    06-05 hours (Dive bombed, now on fire)

    Hit by bomb forward of captain's cabin causing fires in Officer's accommodation on B Deck.

    06-45 hours (fire extinguished)

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  2. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    GATE, KENNETH
    Flight Lieutenant
    Service Number 1
    15817
    Died 07/06/1944
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Commemorated at RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
    Location: Surrey, United Kingdom
    Number of casualties: 20275
    Cemetery/memorial reference: Panel 202.

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  3. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    Flight Lieutenant HERBERT DRURY
    Service Number: 115811
    Regiment & Unit/Ship
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    HMS Bulolo
    Date of Death
    Died 07 June 1944
    Buried or commemorated at
    RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
    Panel 202.
    United Kingdom
    Country of Service United Kingdom

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    Normandy Memorial Column 21.
     
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  4. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    OAKER, CYRIL LANHAM
    Sub-Lieutenant

    Died 07/06/1944
    Aged 43
    H.M.S. Odyssey.
    (Ilfracombe/London - RN Accounting base)
    Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
    Son of George and Laura Alice Oaker; husband of Katherine Oaker, of Hampstead, London.
    Commemorated at CHATHAM NAVAL MEMORIAL
    Location: Kent, United Kingdom
    Cemetery/memorial reference: 79, 3.

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  5. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    Able Seaman GEORGE YOUNG
    Service Number: P/JX 234664
    Regiment & Unit/Ship
    Royal Navy
    H.M.S. Bulolo
    Date of Death
    Died 07 June 1944
    Age 23 years old
    Buried or commemorated at
    PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL
    Panel 83, Column 3.
    Country of Service United Kingdom
    Additional Info Son of Elizabeth Young, of Craigmillar, Edinburgh.

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  6. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    On the 8th June 1944, a burial party collected the men and transported them in another vessel HMS Al???? and buried them at sea 14-25 Hrs.

    The burial party returned at 15-25 hrs

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  7. TriciaF

    TriciaF Junior Member

    I think my Dad was on this ship.
    Thank God he survived.
    Condolences to the families of those who gave their lives for us.
     
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  8. TriciaF

    TriciaF Junior Member

    Thanks Buteman for the information.
    Dad never told us much about his service. Except that he worked in communications, receiving and transferring messages.
    This has really shocked me.
    T.
     
  9. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    Tricia

    I have a copy of the HMS Bulols's ships signal War Diary, January to September. I'm not surprised he never talked about his service. A top secret posting indeed.

    Here is one page, 24 May 1944 in particular. See who is on board.

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  10. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    HMS Bulolo Ship's signal's section War Diaries - January to September 1944.

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  11. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

  12. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

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  13. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

  14. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    I'm trying to identify the HMS ship/funeral party who collected the 4 casualties from HMS Bulolo. Any thoughts?

    This image is from the HMS Bulolo's ship log:-

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  15. DannyM

    DannyM Member

    Hi,
    It looks like HMS Albrighton.

    Regards

    Danny
     
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  16. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    Good spot. Thanks Danny

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    Type III HUNT Class Escort Destroyer

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  17. MongoUK

    MongoUK Junior Member

    Phantom used Bulolo as their main detachment for Husky.

    Do you have the WD for Husky Buteman ?

    Thanks
     
  18. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    Unfortunately I don't have any war diaries about Husky.
     
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  19. IanTurnbull

    IanTurnbull Well-Known Member

    Buteman
    Is the Bulolo ship log available online. I am mainly interested in D Day.
    Thanks
    Ian
     
  20. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    Among other operations HMS Bulolo was involved in Torch and Husky, there are some fairly detailed accounts in these documents.

    London Gazette – World War 2 despatches

    38569 The landings in North Africa
    38895 The invasion of Sicily

    As you will see the despatches contain a wealth of information on a multitude of WW2 subjects.
     
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