List of ships in Bombarding Force K

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Bombarding Force K, commanded by Rear Admiral Frederick Dalrymple-Hamilton of the Royal Navy, was a group of eighteen ships responsible for bombarding targets at Gold Beach as part of the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944, the opening day of Operation Overlord, the Allied operation that launched the successful invasion of German-occupied western Europe during World War II.

It was part of Royal Navy Force G, commanded by Commodore Cyril Douglas-Pennant.[1] This was in turn part of the Eastern Naval Task Force, under Admiral Philip Vian.[2]


Royal Navy Bombarding Force K
Name Type Nationality Primary target
Ajax Cruiser Royal Navy Longues-sur-Mer battery[3]
Argonaut Cruiser Royal Navy 105mm battery at Vaux (WN-50)[3]
Emerald Cruiser Royal Navy 105mm battery (WN-41)[3]
Orion Cruiser Royal Navy 122mm battery, Mont Fleury[3]
Flores Gunboat Royal Netherlands Navy Gun position WN-39[3]
Cattistock Destroyer Royal Navy Beach defenses, King sector[3]
Cottesmore Destroyer Royal Navy Beach defenses, King sector[3]
Grenville Destroyer Royal Navy Beach defenses, Jig sector[3]
Jervis Destroyer Royal Navy Beach defenses, Jig sector[3]
Krakowiak Destroyer Polish Navy Beach defenses, King sector[3]
Pytchley Destroyer Royal Navy Beach defenses, King sector[3]
Ulster Destroyer Royal Navy Beach defenses, King sector[3]
Ulysses Destroyer Royal Navy Beach defenses, Jig sector[3]
Undaunted Destroyer Royal Navy Beach defenses, King sector[3]
Undine Destroyer Royal Navy Beach defenses, Jig sector[3]
Urania Destroyer Royal Navy Beach defenses, Jig sector[3]
Urchin Destroyer Royal Navy Beach defenses, King sector[3]
Ursa Destroyer Royal Navy Beach defenses, King sector[3]

Citations

Sources

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  • Trew, Simon (2004). Gold Beach. Battle Zone Normandy. Stroud, Gloucestershire: Sutton. ISBN 0-7509-3011-X.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>