National Archives catalogue number WO 171/2453.

 

Abbreviation

134673

2i/c

A/Capt

Actg

ADOS

Airldg

Amb

Amn

AP

Armd

ARP

Arty

A/Tk

Att

BAD

Bde

Bks

BMA

Bn

Bty

Cas

CMP

Comb

Comd

Comp

Coy

CQMS

CRASC

Det

DID

Div

Divl

DMA

DZ

Fd

FGCM

FW

Fwd

GOC

Gp

GT

HE

i/c

LST

M/C

ME

Mech

Mor
MR

O

OC

Offr

O Gp

Op

OR

Oxf and Bucks

Pet

Pk

Pl

Pt

RASC

RE

Regt

REME

Rfts

Rnft

RUR

Skel

Sqn

SS

Sup

Tech

TOS

Tpt

Trg

Veh
WE

Wef

Wksp

WO

W/Tanks

Map Reference

Second-in-Command

Acting Captain

Acting

Assistant Director Ordnance Services

Airlanding

Ambulance

Ammunition

Ammunition Point

Armoured

Ammunition Refilling Point

Artillery

Anti-Tank

Attached

Base Ammunition Depot

Brigade

Barracks

Beach Maintenance Area

Battalion

Battery

Casualty

Corps of Military Police

Combination

Command

Composite

Company

Company Quartermaster Sergeant

Commander Royal Army Service Corps

Detachment

Detail Issue Depot

Division / Divisional

Divisional

Divisional Maintenance Area

Drop Zone

Field

Field General Courts Marshal

Focke-Wulf

Forward

General Officer Commanding

Group

General Transport

High Explosive

In-Command

Landing Ship Tank

Motorcycle

Messerschmitt

Mechanic

Mortar

Map Reference

Officer

Officer Commanding

Officer

Orders Group

Operation

Other Ranks

Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

Petrol

Park

Platoon

Point

Royal Army Service Corps
Royal Engineers

Regiment

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

Reinforcements

Reinforcement

Royal Ulster Rifles

Skeleton

Squadron

Special Service

Supply

Technical

Taken on Strength

Transport

Training

Vehicle

War Establishment

With Effect

Workshop

Warrant Officer

Water Tanks

 

Month and year : June 1944

Commanding Officer : Major W.H. Horton

 

1st June 1944

Place: Field

 

Comp Pl. leave Camp A.5. and proceed to Southampton where they embark.

 

1st to 2nd June 1944

Place: Field

 

Wksps Det repair 38 VOR vehs of 39 G.T. Coy RASC and complete all stages of water proofing on these 38 vehs.  The entire Det worked without a break for 48 hrs.

 

3rd June 1944

Place: Field

 

0630 - Skeleton H.Q. and Wksps Pls leave Camp A.6., proceed to Southampton and lay up for night 3/4 in reserved veh standings.

 

4th June 1944

Place: Field

 

1000 - Skeleton H.Q. and Wksps Pls embark on separate L.S.T.s, both of which subsequently lay off Cowes.

 

6th June 1944

Place: Field

 

0720 - Supreme Allied H.Q. states:- "The Royal Navy, with the aid of strong Air Forces began landing allied armies on the North coast of France this morning".

 

1215 - Comp Pl. land on "NAN" beach.  The landing craft hit an enemy mine very near the shore.  There were no cas.  Landing was thus delayed one hr.

 

1400 - Pl reported to "KNEE" but were unable to proceed owing to pockets of enemy resistance.

 

1930 - 2 L.S.Ts with Skeleton H.Q. and Wksps Pls aboard leave the Solent.  Comp Pl., unable to proceed to D.M.A. lay up in area "KNEE".  Det under comd Capt Phipps, with Lieuts Geater, Sutcliffe and Beetham, CSM Dryland and 31 ORs together with 14 x 3 ton vehs and 1 Wksps Tech Veh leave Figsbury Barracks.

 

7th June 1944

Place: Field

 

Capt Phipps party arrive at Camp T.1 (LONDON).

 

0830 - The two L.S.Ts with Skeleton H.Q. and Wksps Pls aboard arrive off the North coast of France and lay up all day.  The landing is delayed for 24 hrs.

 

1230, 1410 - Both ships were subjected to unsuccessful enemy air attacks.

 

8th June 1944

Place: Field

 

0300 - Wksps Det land on QUEEN beach and lay up in area HOMER.

 

0415 - Pl subjected to heavy enemy air attack.  There were no cas.

 

0910 - Skel H.Q. land on QUEEN beach and proceed via HOMER direct to D.M.A.

 

1310 - Coy H.Q. established in D.M.A.

 

1600 - 2 x 3 ton vehicles destroyed on beach by enemy action.

 

1900 - 1 captured enemy veh (VOR) Citroen 3 ton truck put on road by Wksps Pl and used as recovery veh.  3 Dvrs report to Coy from 12 Devons.  Airborne RASC landings took place on the beacons approx 1 mile East of LUC-SUR-MER and 1 mile west of OUISTREHAM.  Capt Phipps' party embarked at Tilbury, and sailed.

 

9th June 1944

Place: Field

 

0900 - Supply Drop on Div D.Z.  2 x 3 ton vehs destroyed in Div H.Q. Veh Pk by enemy action.

 

1830 - D.M.A. under heavy enemy mortar fire.

 

1840 - "Stand to" Enemy tanks and Infantry reported in close proximity.  Preparations made to evacuate D.M.A.

 

1925 - "Stand down" Expected enemy attack did not take place.

 

2115 - Bridges over River Orne (350 yds from D.M.A.) attacked by F.Ws.  D.M.A. is situated approx 3 miles from the mouth of the River Orne, mile north of Ranville.

 

10th June 1944

Place: Field

 

0745, 0915 - D.M.A. subjected to heavy enemy mortar fire.  Capt C.H. Turff wounded and evacuated to England.

 

1715 - D.M.A. attacked by M.Es and F.Ws.  There were no cas.

 

1800 - Sharp enemy air attack on ORNE bridges supported by Arty fire.  1 Sjt and 3 Dvrs return to Coy from 12 Devons, 11 Dvrs from 2 Oxf and Bucks and 7 Dvrs from 1 R.U.R.  1 Enemy comb m/c - 990 cc "Gnome-et-Rhone" recovered and repaired by Wksps Pl.  Major Horton assumes appointment as S.Sup.O at H.Q. RASC, vice Major Downie (Wounded and evacuated).  Capt Robertson assumes comd of coy.

 

11th June 1944

Place: Field

 

2 x 3 ton destroyed by enemy action.  2 ORs wounded and evacuated to England.  5 Dvrs return to Coy from 1 R.U.R., 8 Dvrs from 8 Para Bn., 3 Dvrs from 3 Para Sqn R.E. and 3 Dvrs from H.Q. 5 Para Bde.  Enemy "Indian" comb M/c recovered by Wksps, and repaired.  26 vehs ferry stores from B.M.A. to D.M.A.

 

1810 - Enemy Air attack by F.Ws and M.Es on ORNE bridges.

 

2100 - Supply Drop on Div D.Z.  There was spasmodic enemy shelling throughout the night.  No stacks were hit.

 

12th June 1944

Place: Field

 

31 vehs ferry stores from B.M.A. to D.M.A.

 

2000 - D.M.A. under very heavy enemy Arty fire.  No direct hits made.

 

2215 - Capt Phipps, Lieut Geater, Sutcliffe and Beetham with the remainder of the serial arrive in D.M.A.

 

2310 - Heavy enemy mortar fire directed on vehicle park.  15 ORs wounded and evacuated to England.  16 vehs VOR.  2 Dvrs report back to Coy from Armd Recce Regt, 4 Dvrs from 195 Airldg Fd Amb, 4 Dvrs from 249 Fd Coy RE and 7 Dvrs from 12 Para Bn.

 

13th June 1944

Place: Field

 

Dvr. J.W. ORTON killed in action.  4 ORs wounded and evacuated to England.  Capt Phipps slightly wounded, but remained at duty.  1 Sjt and 7 Dvrs return to Coy from 7 Para Bn, and 5 Dvrs from 12 Para Bn.  D.M.A. under casual enemy mortar fire throughout the day.

 

14th June 1944

Place: Field

 

3 x 3 ton vehs destroyed by enemy action.  Dvr W.H.T. Vaughan killed in action.  3 ORs wounded and evacuated to England.  7 Dvrs return to Coy from 224 Para Fd Amb, 2 Dvrs from H.Q. 6 Airldg Bde and 3 Dvrs from 591 Para Sqn R.E.  1 Sjt evacuated to England suffering from "Battle Exhaustion".  D.M.A. under casual enemy mortar fire during afternoon.

 

15th June 1944

Place: Field

 

2 x 15 cwt Defence Trucks and 1 x 3 ton veh reported destroyed by enemy action.  3 ORs wounded and evacuated to England.

 

2100 - Supply Drop on Div D.Z.

 

2105 - D.Z. under heavy enemy Arty fire.  Anti personnel shells used.  19 vehs ferry stores from B.M.A. to D.M.A.  7 Dvrs return to Coy from 3 Airldg A/Tk Bty and 8 Dvrs from 9 Para Bn.

 

16th June 1944

Place: Field

 

1 Dvr evacuated to England suffering from "Battle Exhaustion".  1 x 3 ton veh destroyed by enemy action.  Enemy Arty fire was directed spasmodically towards Div H.Q. and the ORNE bridges throughout the day.  Orders received from C.R.A.S.C. to form Bde and Bn dumps.  6 Dvrs report back to Coy from 4 Airldg A/Tk Bty and 3 Dvrs from 225 Para Fd Amb.

 

17th June 1944

Place: Field

 

0015 - Sharp short enemy air attack on ORNE bridges.

 

1200 - Dumps of Amn, Pet Stores and Sups formed near Bn H.Qs of 7 Para Bn and 1 R.U.R.  31 vehs collect Amn Pet and Sups from B.M.A. to replenish D.M.A.

 

18th June 1944

Place: Field

 

Comp Pl. form Amn Pet and Sups Dumps near Bde H.Qs 5 Para Bde, 6 Airldg Bde and 1/4 SS Commando Bdes.  18 vehs ferry stores from B.M.A. to D.M.A.

 

2130 - Supply Drop on D.Z.

 

19th June 1944

Place: Field

 

16 vehs ferry stores from B.M.A. to D.M.A.

 

1500 - Informal undenominational Church Service held in barn in D.M.A.  1 OR evacuated to England suffering from "Battle Exhaustion".

 

20th June 1944

Place: Field

 

16 vehs ferry stores from B.M.A. to D.M.A.

 

1500 - Visit to D.M.A. by Major General R.N. Gale, G.O.C. 6 Airborne Div.  Vehicle Pk subjected to very heavy enemy Arty attack.  1 OR was seriously wounded and evacuated to England.

 

21st June 1944

Place: Field

 

0800 - 18 vehs collect stores from B.M.A.  2 Dvrs return to Coy from H.Q. 3 Para Bde.

 

22nd June 1944

Place: Field

 

0210 - Very heavy enemy Arty attack on D.M.A.  Stacks of .303 and P.I.A.T. Amn afire, but it was quickly put under control.

 

0320 - Further Arty attack on D.M.A.  Petrol dump was hit and the flames spread to Amn stacks (3" Mor H.E. and 95mm).

 

0330 - Fire amongst Amn stacks completely out of control.

 

0420 - Orders from C.R.A.S.C. for all personnel to evacuate D.M.A.  During this attack Pte R. HARVEY was killed.

 

0430 - All personnel retire to veh pk.

 

0750 - All personnel return to D.M.A.  The fire continues but it is no longer considered dangerous.

 

0800 - 18 vehs ferry stores from B.M.A. to D.M.A.

 

0930 - C.R.A.S.C. orders that the Dump be moved.

 

1050 - H.Q. Pl, A and B Tpt Pls and Wksps move to new location - between River ORNE and the canal de Caen, approx 440 yds North of the bridges.  Most stacks of Pet Amn and Sups removed to field formerly used as Veh Pk.  H.Q. RASC and Comp Pl. remain in D.M.A.  H.Q., A and B Tpt Pls and Wksps Pls dig themselves in at new location.

 

23rd June 1944

Place: Field

 

15 vehs used for ferrying stores from beaches to D.M.A.

 

2040 - Supply Drop on Div D.Z.  8 vehs required for salvage of Airborne equipment.

 

24th June 1944

Place: Field

 

0800 - 10 vehs ferry stores from B.M.A. to D.M.A.  During the day troops carry out concentrated maintenance of vehs and equipment and interior economy.  Lieut R Beetham promoted to the rank of A/Capt wef 13 June the date he assumed appointment as 2i/c Comp Pl vice Capt Turff.

 

25th June 1944

Place: Field

 

0800 - Communion Service held in glider in field adjoining location.

 

0900 - Informal undenominational service held in location.

 

31 vehs required for ferrying stores.  To date 69 x 3 ton vehs, 2 x 15 cwt Defence Trucks and 1 x 15 cwt have been returned to the Coy.

 

1600 - Div H.Q. moves to new location in area ECARDE.

 

2215 - 1 NCO and 10 Dvrs detailed to go to Div H.Q. as a fatigue party.

 

26th June 1944

Place: Field

 

15 vehs ferry stores from B.M.A. to D.M.A. and 17 further vehs carry out sundry details on behalf of the div.  6 ORs proceed to a "Rest Camp" for 4 days.

 

1130 - Small convoy under Lieut Sutcliffe was machine-gunned by enemy aircraft.  There were no cas.  1 Dvr wounded and evacuated to England.

 

27th June 1944

Place: Field

 

24 vehs ferry stores from B.M.A. to D.M.A.  There were very heavy Amn requirements yesterday.

 

28th June 1944

Place: Field

 

Capt C.P.R. Crane posted to Coy from 716 Coy, promoted to the rank of Actg/Major, and assumed command of the Company.  Major W.H. Horton has been temporarily posted to H.Q. RASC.  1 Dvr reported back to Coy from H.Q. 5 Para Bde.

 

29th June 1944

Place: Field

 

1000 - Capt C.E. Evans defends a 716 Coy officer at a G.C.M. held at La Deliverande.  17 vehs ferry stores from beaches, whilst 27 other vehs carry out sundry details on behalf of the Div.

 

30th June 1944

Place: Field

 

21 vehs ferry stores from beaches, and 12 other vehs carry out Div details.

 

0650 - Veh lines machine-gunned by 3 FWs.  There were no cas.

 

2037 - Supply Drop on Div D.Z.  Report received that dvrs in serial No.5 (Sjt Rose and 5 Dvrs from A Pl) were in a ship which was torpedoed and subsequently sank.  3 vehs were lost, but Sjt Rose and 4 Dvrs were saved.  It is believed that Dvr. F.W. Parker was drowned.

 

 

Month and year : June 1944

Commanding Officer : Major W.H. Horton

 

1st June 1944

Place: Winterborne Dauntsey

 

Court of Enquiry, President Capt. Phipps, held on outbreak of fire on 31 May 44.  Cause unknown.  Write-off applied for.

 

3rd June 1944

Place: Winterborne Dauntsey

 

Lt. Ray to Tarrant Rushton Airfield to supervise loading of containers on to aircraft.

 

5th June 1944

Place: Winterborne Dauntsey

 

Orders received for H.Q. party under Capt. Phipps to move to Marshalling Area.

 

6th June 1944

Place: Winterborne Dauntsey

 

Capt. Phipps, Lts. Beetham, Geater and Sutcliffe and 31 O.Rs proceed to Marshalling Area.

 

7th June 1944

Place: Winterborne Dauntsey

 

10 O.Rs posted to 63 Coy RASC to replace casualties.

 

8th June 1944

Place: Winterborne Dauntsey


Lt. Ray attends Conference of RASC Residue Commanders.

 

10th June 1944

Place: Winterborne Dauntsey

 

MSS, CQMS and 17 O.Rs attached 6th Airborne Div G.T. Coy RASC.

 

12th June 1944

Place: Winterborne Dauntsey

 

10 O.Rs T.O.S.

 

13th June 1944

Place: Winterborne Dauntsey

 

126 undespatched containers collected from various airfields.

 

15th June 1944

Place: Winterborne Dauntsey

 

2 x 3 ton lorries and drivers attached to H.Q. Airborne Troops.

 

17th June 1944

Place: Winterborne Dauntsey

 

Visit of DDST Airborne Troops.  6 O.Rs Parachutists T.O.S.

 

23rd June 1944

Place: Winterborne Dauntsey

 

1 Sjt and 3 O.Rs returned to location from No. 30 R.H.U.

 

30th June 1944

Place: Winterborne Dauntsey

 

Company competed in Tabloid Sports Meeting.

 

 

Month and year : July 1944

Commanding Officer : Major C.P.R. Crane

 

1st July 1944

Place: Field

 

17 vehs ferry stores from beaches to D.M.A.  A further 14 vehs were used on sundry Div details.

 

2000 - 2 vehs detached till further notice to 12 Para Bn., and 2 vehs to the 13 Para Bn.

 

2nd July 1944

Place: Field

 

2 vehs detached to the 7 Para Bn.

 

0800 - Holy Communion held in crashed glider in adjoining field.

 

0900 - Undenominational Service held in Coy H.Q. location.  27 vehs ferry stores from beaches, and a further 15 carry out Div Details.  2 ORs report back to Coy from REME Workshops.

 

3rd July 1944

Place: Field

 

42 Coy vehs were out on detail during the day.  The 2 vehs detached to the 7 Para Bn return to Coy.

 

4th July 1944

Place: Field

 

21 vehs ferry stores from beaches: 15 others carry out Div Details.

 

1420 - Capt C.E. Evans sits as member of FGCM at Cresserons.  Three days incessant rain has made location very muddy, many vehs are therefore becoming "ditched".  1 x 3 ton veh "written off" as a result of an accident.

 

6th July 1944

Place: Field

 

0645 - Veh lines machine gunned by enemy aircraft.  There were no casualties.  30 vehs ferry stores and a further 12 carry out Div details.  The Coy is now well "dug in" in location; apart from the normal Airborne RASC Duties, defence is the Coy's main role.

 

7th July 1944

Place: Field

 

0530 - Location attacked by 3 MEs 109.  There were no casualties.

 

1100 - Location once again machine gunned by MEs - 1 veh was hit and damaged.  41 vehs were on the road again today.  2 ORs, previously reported as missing are apprehended by the CMP, and they will accordingly face a charge of "Desertion".

 

1215 - A large bomb believed to have been dropped by a USA "Marauder", fell in the DMA, but damage was negligible.

 

8th July 1944

Place: Field

 

21 vehs ferry stores from the beaches and 10 further vehs carry out Div details.

 

9th July 1944

Place: Field

 

0130 - A very high spring tide of the river Orne flooded part of the Coy location.

 

0800 - Holy Communion held in Coy location.

 

0900 - Undenominational Service in field beside Coy location.

 

1140 - D.M.A. attacked by enemy aircraft.  Bomb hits petrol dump and adjoining DMA.  Entire stock was destroyed.

 

10th July 1944

Place: Field

 

54 vehs on sundry Div details.

 

11th July 1944

Place: Field

 

0100 - 15 vehs ferry amn from beaches throughout the entire night to the 5th Parachute Bde, who are still in the Line.  2 vehs are permanently detached to the 12th Para Bn.  64 Coy vehs carry out Div details.

 

12th July 1944

Place: Field

 

21 vehs ferry stores from the beaches and a further 15 carry out Div details.

 

1100 - Coy location attacked by hostile enemy aircraft.  There were no casualties.

 

13th July 1944

Place: Field

 

Two drivers tried by FGCM at Cresserons on a charge of "Desertion".  Capt W.H. Turnbull prosecutes, Capt M.E. Phipps defends.

 

14th July 1944

Place: Field

 

0115 - 16 vehs of A Pl ferry amn from the beaches direct to the 7th Para Bn, who are in the front line.  The main role of the Div these days appears to be the holding of the bridgehead over the river Orne which was successfully taken by 0900 hrs on D day.  Despite repeated enemy attacks the bridgehead still remains secure.

 

15th July 1944

Place: Field

 

38 vehs on sundry Div details, including the ferrying of stores.

 

16th July 1944

Place: Field

 

0800 - Holy Communion in crashed glider in location.

 

0900 - Undenominational Service held in DMA.  Throughout the whole day enemy arty attacked the Benouville-Ouistreham road, 400 yards north of Coy location.  Though the vast majority of enemy shells were heard to pass overhead, a few fell short but no damage nor casualties were reported.

 

2300 - Enemy bombs falls near vehs, but no vehs were hit.  Throughout the night sufficient stores were ferried from the beaches to the DMA to keep the Div maintained for 4 days.

 

17th July 1944

Place: Field

 

No vehs allowed on roads today.  It seems that a British attack in this area is imminent.  The Coy location area was under enemy shell fire throughout the whole day.  There were no casualties.  The targets were obviously the BENOUVILLE-OUISTREHAM road and the Orne bridges.  1 Dvr evacuated to England suffering from "Battle Exhaustion".

 

18th July 1944

Place: Field

 

The expected battle has started in this sector.  No transport was allowed on the roads, and throughout the day all Coy personnel were either standing beside or lying in their slit trenches.

 

2310 - Heavy enemy air attack on the Orne bridges.  A petrol and Amn dump near location was hit.

 

19th July 1944

Place: Field

 

1 Dvr evacuated to England suffering from "Battle Exhaustion".  Once again it was a transportless day, owing to the operations in this sector.

 

20th July 1944

Place: Field

 

The "Maintenance Train" recommences this morning.  In all 38 vehs ferry stores from base to DMA.

 

21st July 1944

Place: Field

 

28 vehs ferry stores from base to DMA.  Torrential rain puts a stop to all other forms of activity.

 

22nd July 1944

Place: Field

 

No transport was on the roads today and the weather made all forms of activity impossible.

 

23rd July 1944

Place: Field

 

0800 - Holy Communion in crashed glider in Coy location.

 

0900 - Undenominational Service held in location.

 

1000 - RC Service in Ranville Church.  22 vehs - the "Maintenance Train" ferry stores from beach dumps to DMA.

 

1800 - 28 vehs ferry stores from beaches to replenish DMA, as tomorrow no transport whatever may use the roads.

 

24th July 1944

Place: Field

 

1530 - OC Coy attends "Q" conference at Div H.Q.  A day of very little activity.

 

25th July 1944

Place: Field

 

1 Dvr attached to 195 Airldg Fd Amb and 1 veh sent on loan to 1 Canadian Para Bn.  4 x 3 ton vehs (2 Austin @ x 4, 1 Austin 4 x 2 and 1 Bedford "QL") drawn to replace those destroyed during battle.

 

26th July 1944

Place: Field

 

3 vehs evacuated at BLR return to unit from REME.

 

2345 - Coy location under enemy Arty fire.

 

27th July 1944

Place: Field

 

0215 - Coy location subjected to very heavy enemy air attack.  Three HE bombs and approx 20 Anti Personnel bombs fell in Coy Lines.  All personnel were underground and thus there were no casualties.  6 vehs were damaged, 5 of which were roadworthy by 2359 hrs.  1 veh is BLR.

 

28th July 1944

Place: Field

 

35 Coy vehs ferry stores from beach dumps to DMA and a further 14 carry out sundry Div details.

 

29th July 1944

Place: Field

 

CRASC returns to the theatre of Operations.  He has been in the U.K. since D + 21.

 

30th July 1944

Place: Field

 

Normal Church Services held in Coy Location.

 

1100 - Jewish Memorial Service held in CAEN cathedral.

 

1900 - O.C. Coy and Coy Hygiene Offr attend conference at HQ RASC.

 

31st July 1944

Place: Field

 

26 vehs ferry stores from beaches to DMA.  2 Dvrs posted back to Coy from 34 R.H.U. 101 Rnft Gp.

 

 

Month and year : July 1944

Commanding Officer : Lieut A.V. Ray

 

2nd July 1944

Place: Winterbourne Dauntsey

 

8 O.Rs complete 1 week Refresher course in Regimental Training.

 

9th July 1944

Place: Winterbourne Dauntsey

 

8 O.Rs complete 1 week Refresher course in Regimental Training.

 

13th July 1944

Place: Winterbourne Dauntsey

 

Sjt. Punter rejoins Unit Residues on discharge from hospital after being wounded in action.

 

17th July 1944

Place: Winterbourne Dauntsey

 

Inspection of Company Lines by Major Bille-Top C RASC Residues.

 

20th July 1944

Place: Winterbourne Dauntsey

 

Men of Company wounded in action visited in hospital by Lt. Ray.

 

21st July 1944

Place: Winterbourne Dauntsey

 

Continuation of visits to men in hospital.

 

22nd July 1944

Place: Winterbourne Dauntsey

 

2 O.Rs rejoin Unit Residues on discharge from hospital after being wounded in action.

 

24th July 1944

Place: Winterbourne Dauntsey

 

M.S.S., C.Q.M.S. and 17 O.Rs rejoin from 6 Airborne G.T. Coy RASC.

 

27th July 1944

Place: Winterbourne Dauntsey

 

Inspection of Company Lines by Lt. Col. Lovegrove, CRASC.

 

28th July 1944

Place: Winterbourne Dauntsey

 

Completion of collection of 105 x 3 ton Austin 4 x 4 from 72 V.R.D.

 

 

Month and year : August 1944

Commanding Officer : Major C.P.R. Crane

 

1st August 1944

Place: Field

 

34 Vehs ferry stores from beaches; a further 17 carry out Div details.

 

2nd August 1944

Place: Field

 

Dvr. SPROSON, Dvr. J. WELLS, Dvr. J.C. MASON and Dvr. R. APPLETON previously reported wounded on 13 June were reported to have died of wounds on the same day.

 

3rd August 1944

Place: Field

 

CRASC rules that 10% vehs will be kept off the road for maintenance purposes.

 

4th August 1944

Place: Field

 

1000 - Inspection by CRASC of Coy lines, sanitation and hygiene.

 

5th August 1944

Place: Field

 

Every available veh on the road throughout the whole day.

 

6th August 1944

Place: Field

 

Capt R. Beetham appointed O i/c Comp Pl, Capt. W.H. Turnbull 2 i/c Comp Pl while Capt R.G. Smith returns to Coy as Tpt Offr.

 

7th August 1944

Place: Field

 

Every available veh on the road to-day.

 

1900 - Coy Comds Conference at H.Q. RASC.

 

8th August 1944

Place: Field

 

Many areas "out of bounds" owing to Ops in this sector.  32 vehs ferry stores from beaches to Dump.  A further 16 veh carry out Div details.

 

1900 - Coy Comds Conference at H.Q. RASC.

 

9th August 1944

Place: Field

 

1700 - Coy Comds Conference at H.Q. RASC.  Coy is expected to be reinforced by 100 personnel in the very near future.

 

10th August 1944

Place: Field

 

1730 - Coy Comds Conference at H.Q. RASC.

 

11th August 1944

Place: Field

 

1230 - 99 reinforcements arrive, which means that the Coy is only 31 O.Rs below its W.E. strength.

 

12th August 1944

Place: Field

 

New arrivals dig in.  All available Coy vehs were once again on the road to-day.

 

13th August 1944

Place: Field

 

1000 - Major Bille-Top, 2 i/c H.Q. RASC inspects Coy Tpt.

 

1000 - O.C. Coy attends Div Coy Comds Conference.  G.O.C. present.

 

1430 - CRASC holds Conference for all Offrs and W.Os of Coy.

 

14th August 1944

Place: Field

 

1000 - CRASC inspects Coy lines.

 

15th August 1944

Place: Field

 

All available Coy vehs on details.  10 Dvrs collect new vehs for Divl Units.

 

16th August 1944

Place: Field

 

All available vehs ferry Amn, Pet and Sups ceaselessly throughout the day.  During the night 16/17 48 vehs "stand by" for important details.

 

2400 - Coy Comds Conference at H.Q. RASC.

 

17th August 1944

Place: Field

 

Having been on the defensive for many weeks, the Div, in the early hours this morning, went into action against the enemy.  48 vehs carry stores and Amn up to the front line.

 

18th August 1944

Place: Field

 

0730 - Coy Comds Conference at H.Q. RASC.  This conference will take place daily at 0730 hrs.  All vehs busy all day supplying Amn and Stores to the front line units.  Decision taken to open Fwd Amn Pet and Sups Points.

 

19th August 1944

Place: Field

 

0100 - Comp Point opened east of TROARN.

 

1000 - Further Composite point opened at LONGUEMARE.  1651 Arty Pl RASC arrives in location and comes under comd 398 Coy.  This Pl will be employed on daily maintenance train.  6 Bedford 3 ton vehs collected to replace those destroyed by enemy action.  1 Dvr wounded and evacuated.  1 x 15 cwt Water Truck runs over mine and is almost completely destroyed.  Both drivers were unhurt.

 

20th August 1944

Place: Field

 

2 x 15 cwt trucks drawn to replace those destroyed by enemy action.

 

1400 - Corps Tp Carrying Coy RASC comes under comd 398 Coy.

 

2300 - O.Cs "O" Gp.  Move of Coy location by 1800 hrs 21 Aug.  Comp Pts move forward.

 

21st August 1944

Place: Field

 

Coy moves to new location at BANNEVILLE-LA-CAMPAGNE (MR 134673).  Coy H.Q. established 1550 hrs.  Comp Pl leave DMA and move with Coy.  Supplies will still be drawn daily, but a reserve dump will not be maintained.  Instead an ARP on wheels exists in Comp Pl lines.

 

22nd August 1944

Place: Field

 

1415 - Comp Pts move forward.  Two enemy soldiers were found in the vicinity of a fwd AP.  One was killed by a Cpl of this unit, the other was taken P.O.W.  A Pl of Dutch and a Pl of Belgian vehs (50 vehs in all) are att this unit owing to the lack of tpt within the Div.  These veh are mostly used for tp carrying and forming part of the Maintenance Train.  Supplies are now drawn from our F.M.C. west of CAEN.

 

23rd August 1944

Place: Field

 

0400 - Orders received for the Coy to move further forward.

 

1600 - Coy H.Q. established at CRESSEVEVILLE (MR 303740).  Two vehs slightly damaged by enemy shellfire.  All coy vehs and all affiliated vehs were on the road throughout the day.

 

24th August 1944

Place: Field

 

10 further Motor Cycles received from ADOS.  Amn, Pet and Sup Pts move further forward as the Div advances.

 

25th August 1944

Place: Field

 

0400 - Convoy of 40 vehs under Lieut Geater carry out important tpt carrying detail.  All available tpt on the road to-day.  AP 1 under comd Lieut F.J. Sutcliffe moves fwd.

 

26th August 1944

Place: Field

 

Lieut F.J. Sutcliffe at AP 1 takes two Ps.O.W.

 

0900 - Orders received for Coy to move forward by 2000 hrs 27 Aug.

 

2000 - Orders for move cancelled.

 

27th August 1944

Place: Field

 

Div come out of line, having taken all the objectives that were expected.  Every available vehicle is to-day on the road bringing the three Bdes back to a concentration area.  Both Comp Pts return to Coy lines.  Amn in ARP is being returned this evening to 1st Corps ARP.  Div is placed on 21 Army Group Reserves, and will return to the U.K. by D+91 for reforming.

 

28th August 1944

Place: Field

 

All Amn on wheels returned from Comp Pts is returned to 1 Corps ARP and 101 Beach Gp Sub Area.  All reserve "Compo" returned to 26 DID.  Corps Tps Pl RASC, and Pls of Dutch and Belgian vehicles cease to be under comd this unit.

 

29th August 1944

Place: Field

 

0730 - 50 Coy vehs returned more than 300 tons of Amn from the old D.M.A. to B.A.Ds at Base.

 

30th August 1944

Place: Field

 

Transfer of Amn from D.M.A. to B.A.Ds completed.  Infm received that this unit will return to U.K. for reforming.  Coy will leave theatre of ops in 3 groups on D+87, D+88 and D+93.  Units 1st line Amn is being returned to this unit.

 

31st August 1944

Place: Field

 

Preparations for move to U.K. started.  All G.1098 equipment, less specific "Airborne" equipment is returned to ADOS.  Capt Phipps and 2 O.Rs attend as spectators G.O.C in Cs investiture to Offrs and O.Rs of 6 Airborne Div at Tactical H.Q. 21 Army Group.

 

 

Month and year : August 1944

Commanding Officer : Lieut A.V. Ray

 

3rd August 1944

Place: Winterbourne Dauntsey

 

Orders received from CRASC to prepare Reinforcement Draft for Overseas.

 

6th August 1944

Place: Winterbourne Dauntsey

 

6 Veh/Mechs T.O.S. from 63 Coy RASC.  43 O.Rs T.O.S. from 716 Coy RASC.

 

8th August 1944

Place: Winterbourne Dauntsey

 

M.S.M. Lannin, 2 Sjts and 97 O.Rs depart for overseas as Rfts.

 

11th August 1944

Place: Winterbourne Dauntsey

 

1 Sjt and 33 O.Rs rejoin Company temporarily from detachment.

 

14th August 1944

Place: Winterbourne Dauntsey

 

Major Bradley, CRASC Residues inspects Company.

 

16th August 1944

Place: Winterbourne Dauntsey

 

Lieut Ray attends conference at CRASC.

 

19th August 1944

Place: Winterbourne Dauntsey

 

Capt. Turff rejoins Residues from hospital after being wounded in action.

 

22nd August 1944

Place: Winterbourne Dauntsey

 

Capt Turff assumes command of Residues.

 

30th August 1944

Place: Winterbourne Dauntsey

 

Capt Turff attends Conference at Div H.Q. Rear.

 

 

Month and year : September 1944

Commanding Officer : Major C.P.R. Crane

 

1st September 1944

Place: Field

 

All available tpt on Maintenance Train & tp carrying.  70 vehs convey 6 Airlanding Bde to 60 Transit Camp.  Capt C.E. Evans and 2 O.Rs return to U.K.

 

2nd September 1944

Place: Field

 

28 x 3 ton vehs convey 5 Parachute Bde to 60 Transit Camp.  28 other vehs return explosives & 1st line Amn to B.A.D.  Capt. Phipps, Capt Turnbull & 22 O.Rs return to U.K.

 

3rd September 1944

Place: Field

 

15 x 3 ton vehs return further explosives to 1 Corps Dump.  By the end of the day all amn has been handed over.

 

4th September 1944

Place: Field

 

80 x 3 ton vehs convey 3 Parachute Bde to 60 Transit Camp.

 

1830 - Capt Evans and 2 O.Rs arrive back at Figsbury Bks.

 

5th September 1944

Place: Field

 

All Salvage returned to R.D.S.

 

6th September 1944

Place: Field

 

1 x 15 cwt & 1 M/C returned to 14 R.V.P. and 82 x 3 ton vehs, 2 x 15 cwt, 26 M/C.s 3 W/tanks returned to 17 R.V.P.

 

7th September 1944

Place: Field

 

Remainder of Coy (317 all ranks) proceed to 60 Transit Camp.

 

Place: Winterbourne Dauntsey

 

1015 - Capt M.E. Phipps attends Coy comds trg & reconstitution conference at HQ RASC.

 

9th September 1944

Place: Winterbourne Dauntsey

 

2215 - Remainder of Coy, under comd Major Crane, return to Figsbury Bks.

 

12th September 1944

Place: Winterbourne Dauntsey

 

All indents for Clothing, G.1098, personnel, and Wksps equipment deficiencies sent to ADOS.

 

13th September 1944

Place: Winterbourne Dauntsey


All ranks recently returned from Overseas proceed on 14 days leave.  Intimation received from Div HQ that Div must be remobilized by 30 Sep 44.

 

14th September 1944

Place: Winterbourne Dauntsey

 

Lt. A.V. Ray assumes command of Coy during absence on leave of Major Crane.  W.O.U.M. received ordering mobilization of Company by 0001 hrs 30 Sep 44.  Lt. Ray attends conference at Div HQ.

 

19th September 1944

Place: Winterbourne Dauntsey

 

Authority received to collect vehicles to complete W.E.

 

21st September 1944

Place: Winterbourne Dauntsey

 

Major Crane returns temporarily from leave & re-assumes command of Coy.