The Ships of the Royal Canadian Navy Present Off the Juno Beach on June 6 and 7/1944 (The Normandy D–Day Landings)

compiled by Commander Fraser McKee RCN(R) 2013 (Updated 2017)

Prince David

Landing craft from HMCS Prince David (Photo from Wikipedia)


Landing Ships Infantry (Medium):

Their 2 LCA Flotillas:

RCN Minesweepers: with RN flotillas:

14th Flotilla:

Plus two RCN Flotillas:

31st Flotilla:

32nd Flotilla:

Landing Craft Infantry (Large) – LCI(L)s: (Manned by RCN, ex–RN ships):

1st Canadian Flotilla (ex-RN’s 260th)

2nd Canadian Flotilla (ex–RN’s 262nd):

3rd Canadian Flotilla (ex–RN’s 264th):

Motor Torpedo Boats of the 29th Flotilla: (Arrived in p.m. of June 6th)

RCN Beach Commando "W" in Operation Neptune

  • Principal Beach Master Lieutenant–Commander Dennis James O’Hagen RCNVR GM and Bar
  • Supplementary Author’s notes:

    1. Many other RCN ships were in service in U.K. waters, or were on blocking or A/S patrols, or were escorting Normandy–bound Mulberry "Phoenixes" or were under RN or USN control etc.: (See page 312 of Ken Macpherson & Ron Barrie’s book "The Ships of Canada’s Naval Forces, 1910–2002", 3rd edition, 2002.) These vessels were not present at Juno Beach but may be considered to have been present at D–Day (off of one of the other beaches). The battle honour for D–Day was given to many ships which served in the area over the next two months which were not present on the first two days of action.

    2. I’m not sure if any of the MGBs of the 65th Flotilla were present there or not. They were larger (and slower!) D–Class MLs. No one has yet written their history. Douglas and Sarty et al say that they were on blocking patrols east of Normandy, so presumably they were not present.

    To quote from this article please cite:

    McKee, Fraser (2013) The Ships of the Royal Canadian Navy Present Off the Juno Beach on June 6 and 7/1944 (The Normandy D–Day Landings). 2013.–day.php


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