List of ships of Force U Bombardment Group

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Force U Bombardment Group, commanded by Rear Admiral Morton Deyo, was a group of eighteen warships assigned to bombard Utah 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 US Navy Force U, which consisted of 865 ships under Rear Admiral Don P. Moon.[1] This was in turn part of the Western Naval Task Force, under Admiral Alan G Kirk.[2]

US Navy Force U Bombardment Group
Name Type Nationality Captain
Nevada Battleship US Navy Captain P. M. Rhea[3]
Erebus Monitor Royal Navy Captain J. S. Colquhoun[3]
Hawkins Heavy cruiser Royal Navy Captain J. W. Josselyn[3]
Tuscaloosa Heavy cruiser US Navy Captain J. B. Waller; flagship of Rear Admiral Morton Deyo[3]
Black Prince Light cruiser Royal Navy Captain D. M. Lees[3]
Enterprise Light cruiser Royal Navy Captain H. T. Grant[3]
Soemba Gunboat Netherlands Lt. Cmdr. H. H. Propper[3]
Butler Destroyer US Navy Cmdr. M. Matthews[4]
Corry Destroyer US Navy Lt. Cmdr. G. Hoffman[3]
Fitch Destroyer US Navy Cmdr. K. Walpole[3]
Forrest Destroyer US Navy Cmdr. Letts[3]
Gherardi Destroyer US Navy Cmdr. M. Curtin[4]
Herndon Destroyer US Navy Cmdr. G. Moore[3]
Hobson Destroyer US Navy Lieutenant K. Loveland[3]
Shubrick Destroyer US Navy Lt. Cmdr. W. Blenman[3]
Bates Destroyer escort US Navy Lt. Cmdr. H. Wilmerding[4]
Rich Destroyer escort US Navy Lt. Cmdr. E. Michel[4]
Hotham Frigate Royal Navy A/Lt.Cdr. Sydney Ayles[5]
Tyler Frigate Royal Navy Lt. Christopher H. Rankin[6]

Citations

  1. Balkoski 2005, pp. 64–65.
  2. Churchill 1951, p. 594.
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 Balkoski 2005, p. 344.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Balkoski 2005, p. 345.
  5. Helgason, Guðmundur. "HMS Hotham (K 583)". U-boat.net. Retrieved 14 September 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Helgason, Guðmundur. "HMS Tyler (K 576)". U-boat.net. Retrieved 14 September 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

Sources

  • Balkoski, Joseph (2005). Utah Beach: The Amphibious Landing and Airborne Operations on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books. ISBN 0-8117-0144-1.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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