RN ship locations?

Discussion in 'The War at Sea' started by Captain Darling, Feb 11, 2021.

  1. Captain Darling

    Captain Darling New Member


    I am researching my grandfather's service during WW2

    He was a rating in the Royal Navy.

    I have received his service history from the Royal Navy records office which lists his ship / shore postings.

    Can anyone please advise how I can find out what each ship was doing when he was in on it?

    He was part of the flotilla involved in the Allied landings at Salerno, and I am particularly interested in that.

    Hopefully I've posted this in the correct part of the forum!

    Many thanks

  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Hi CD

    You might find something on this website Family History - Royal Navy and Naval History.Net ans also oddly enough on this one The U-boat Wars 1939-1945 (Kriegsmarine) and 1914-1918 (Kaiserliche Marine) and Allied Warships of WWII - uboat.net

    Have you also tried The National Archives for example a search for Royal Oak documents - Search results: hms royal oak | The National Archives

    Or of you wish you could post the names of the ships and the dates and members may be able to fill in details, found out recently one member wrote a very interesting book on the ship his father served on

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  3. Ewen Scott

    Ewen Scott Well-Known Member

  4. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    Hi CD,

    Which ship was he on at Salerno. I’ve got some RN related information on the landings somewhere!


  5. Captain Darling

    Captain Darling New Member

    Thanks for the replies.

    He was on 7th LCP/ 502 LCA Flotilla
  6. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    I'll see if I can find out any more from my files.


  7. Tom OBrien

    Tom OBrien Senior Member

    Apologies, I've had a look but nothing found.

    If I were a betting man, I'd look here when the National Archives open again:

    ADM 199/949 - Operation 'Avalanche' Reports.


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  8. Captain Darling

    Captain Darling New Member

    Thank you
  9. DannyM

    DannyM Member

    In September 1943 502nd Assault Flotilla was embarked in HMS Prinses J. Charlotte.

    The Flotilla had 7 LCA and 1 Landing Craft Support(Medium), LCA 290, 349, 382, 417, 431, 442, 526 and LCS(M)(3) 39.


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  10. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

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  11. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Allied Warships of WWII - Landing Ship Infantry HMS Princess Josephine Charlotte - uboat.net


    BHC 000112 HMS Princess Josephine Charlotte
    HMS Princess Josephine Charlotte a converted Belgian cross-Channel ferry used by the commandos as a landing ship. It was also an accommodation vessel for the troops whilst in Falmouth harbour.

    https://www.47commando.org.uk/Documents/Charles Armstrong.pdf
    My name is Charles Armstrong
    I was combined operations signals officer aboard H.M.S. “Princess Josephine Charlotte”,
    which is classed as a landing ship infantry assault, working mainly with Commandos. The
    landing craft are carried on davits, port and starboard sides, we carried eight such craft, the
    S.S. “Victoria” was to go in with us on D-Day, she carried six L.C.A.’s, this made up a flotilla
    of fourteen landing craft, I was boat officer in No. 4 boat.


    In the .pdf document above I must admit I liked the sentence
    "The oldest among them was a character “Seaweed Sam”, a strange but fascinating person who fitted his nickname"
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2021

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