6 Replies Latest reply on Aug 5, 2019 1:24 PM by Rebecca Collier

    Seeking names of Co C, F B,  2nd Ranger Bn on Landing crafts

    Nancy Williams Newbie

      Hello, looking for specific names of army rangers on each landing craft in company c force b second battalion Army Rangers, on June 6, 1944, D-Day, at Normandy landing. Looking specifically for William "Billy" Whitson Lynch, Jr.

        • Re: Seeking names of Co C, F B,  2nd Ranger Bn on Landing crafts
          Elliot Schneider Navigator

          Nancy,

           

          Found this in a book I had,  The group consisting of 68 Rangers, C Company sailed from England to the Normandy beachhead aboard the British ship Prince Charles. The Rangers were divided into three groups.

          Force A consisted of three Ranger companies with the mission of scaling Pointe du Hoc four miles westward along the Normandy coast and attacking the German artillery position there.

           

          Force B was C Company, 2nd Ranger Battalion whose mission was defeat of the German defenses at Pointe de la Percée on the far right of Omaha Beach. Force C consisted of the 5th Ranger Battalion plus two 2nd Ranger Battalion companies with a mission to follow up the success of the Pointe du Hoc attack.

           

           

          None of the Rangers on D-Day were in U.S. LCVP (Landing Craft, Vehicles & Personnel) - “Higgins” boats - but in British Royal Navy LCAs (Landing Craft, Attack) with Royal Navy crews. The LCA was a British designed landing craft with a four man crew and capable of carrying 37 troop passengers.  Unlike the “Higgins” LCVP, the LCA had armored bulkheads, sides and a decked-over troop well.

           

           

          Maybe try looking in allied logs for rosters on the British Roysl Navy logs.

           

           

          Thanks,

           

           

          Elliot Schneider

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          • Re: Seeking names of Co C, F B,  2nd Ranger Bn on Landing crafts
            Rebecca Collier Ranger

            Dear Ms. Williams,

             

            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

             

            We searched the World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1905-1981 (Record Group 407) and located after action reports of the 2nd Ranger Battalion for June 1944. For access to and/or copies of these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov. We were unable to locate specific records of Company C.  Records of lower echelon units sometimes were incorporated into the files of the battalion.

             

            Morning reports for Army units from November 1, 1912 to 1959 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). For access to these records, please contact RL-SL via email at stl.archives@nara.gov

             

            We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your research!

             

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