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D-Day Landing Craft Markings

Discussion in 'Western Europe 1943 - 1945' started by Michael Akkerman, Mar 27, 2023.

  1. Michael Akkerman

    Michael Akkerman New Member

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    I have noticed that every type of landing craft on D-Day had these white diamonds painted on their sides, yet I have never found out what they meant. Does anyone know?
     

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  2. RichTO90

    RichTO90 Well-Known Member

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    IIRC, craft slated for OMAHA had a blue diamond for identification, whereas those for UTAH had a white diamond. It was similar ti the colored bands painted on the bridge of craft assigned to the Commonwealth beaches: green for SWORD, red for JUNO, and blue for GOLD. In black and white it is often difficult to distinguish between colors.
     
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  3. Michael Akkerman

    Michael Akkerman New Member

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    I see, very interesting. These 2 photos are taken from Omaha. So these diamonds would be a light blue color?
     
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    RichTO90 Well-Known Member

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    Yes.
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    Got the NSN for that paint?
     
  6. Temujin

    Temujin Active Member

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    Just a side note, the LCA 1063 in your photo, was from the 551 Assault Flotilla, assigned to SS Empire Javelin

    Source: Green Pages, 5 Jun 1944

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    Temujin Active Member

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    Operations Report that Empire Javelin was part of during D Day. Empire Javelin was carrying part of a RCT, of the 116 Infantry Regiment, 29th US Div, 5th US Corps

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  8. Michel Sabarly

    Michel Sabarly New Member

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    Hi Rich,

    The Diamond was the distinguishing marking for Force "O" alone, whereas ships/craft of Force "U" did not have any special marking. The Diamond was in light (usually white) or dark colour depending on the background colour of the ship/craft, i.e. British camouflaged craft such as LCT(HE) or LCT(A) would have a dark Diamond over the lighter background, while US dark grey painted vessels had the white Diamond. A few examples in colour:

    LCT(A)(5) 2487 (dark Diamond) left, another LCT(5) (white Diamond) fore:
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    LCT(A) 2273 (dark Diamond) and another craft (white Diamond):
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    An LCT(6) with white Diamond:
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    (almost certainly) LCT(HE) 2049 with dark diamond with white infill over RN blue camo:
    213 LCT(5), 2037 LCT(A) Tankdozer 741 Tk Bn 'AIDE DE CAMP' COLOUR - USA C-724.jpg

    Michel
     
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