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Old 22nd January 2020, 15:12
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Merchant ships on D Day

Hy,
I trying to research my father's involvement during D Day WW11 and would greatly appreciate any help out there.
His name was Captain Harry Spensley his vessel was the SS Hetton and he was at/on Gold Beach, Arromanche.
I have obtained various documents from UK Gov. Archives but they do not contain much detail.
Any knowledge or guidance would be much welcomed.

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Old 22nd January 2020, 15:34
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If you haven't tried this site, there are a couple of pages on the Hetton: http://www.convoyweb.org.uk/hague/index.html

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Old 22nd January 2020, 16:01
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Hy,
thanks for that, I'll give it a try,

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Old 22nd January 2020, 16:26
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Hello speno 50
Was your dad born 07/07/1913?
Have you read a copy of the relevent 1944 Logbook/s of HETTON O/N 148068?
Have you seen the Movement Card For HETTON?

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Old 23rd January 2020, 11:18
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Hy Roger,
thanks for your reply, yes that was his DoB. No I haven't read the log books, where will I be able to find that info please ?

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Old 23rd January 2020, 13:48
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Hello again,
You may already have this. My first reference is to his COMNO (Invasion of Europe 1944-1945) Pouch.
https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...ils/r/C9434951

The 1944 Logbooks and Crew Agreements (there may be several) of HETTON 148068 are also in the British National Archive.
https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...ls/r/C11070351

Her Movement Card can be downloaded from
https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...ils/r/D8652549
However, I doubt it will give more information (1944) than convoy.web

Do you have your dads Form CRS10?
This will tell you what vessels he sailed on together with dates and places of engagement and discharge from 1941.
As these records are stored alphabetically in blocks of 60 names, You would be best served by a personal visit to Kew or appoint a local researcher to look for you.

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Old 23rd January 2020, 15:17
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I believe that Captain Leonard James Maloney OBE, was master of the Londonbrook which, I believe was the first merchant ship to go to Omaha Beach, I sailed as mate with Capt. Maloney in the 1960s, he was quite a character and a good seaman
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Old 23rd January 2020, 22:25
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20060930 I took the following pictures in an upper cargo hold aboard SS Jeremiah O'Brien when she was in San Diego for US Navy Fleet Week. Attached are five of the ten pictures I took depicting portions of the D-Day Fleet off a French beach.

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IMG_0618-E.jpg (137.9 KB)

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Old 24th January 2020, 13:57
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Merchant ships on D Day

Hy Roger,
thanks for all your time and effort for providing the info. I'll sort through the details and links etc and see what I can find.
I don't live in the UK so if necessary I can use a researcher.

Regards and I'll let you know how I get on

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