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|Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2015 3:47 pm Post subject: H.M. F.D.T. 216
|A topical item from my "well I never knew that" list:
On 5 June 1944 three large converted Landing Ship, Tanks (LST) were in position off the beaches of Normandy. They had been built in the US and delivered to the John Brown Shipyard at Clydebank where they were converted to Fighter Direction Tenders (FDT) numbers 13, 216 and 217.
RAF personnel were trained at Gailes Camp in Ayrshire and helped with the installation of the Wireless Communication and Radar equipment.
Their role was to identify enemy aircraft concentrations and to task Allied fighters to intercept, to defend the invasion fleet and to provide ground support.
For much more detail see the excellent http://www.combinedops.com/FDTs.htm site.
On 7 July 1944 FDT 216 was hit by a torpedo from a Junkers 88 and sank. Five RAF men were killed including Corporal George Logan from Dumfries and Aircraftman John Hamilton Ferguson from Dunaskin, Ayrshire.
Both are remembered on their local War Memorials and on the Runnymede Memorial.