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Ballyholme Bay

By cats_123  
Good morning EPZers....the sun continues to shine SmileSmile

This is Ballyholme Bay...once used by the US Navy to practice their beach landings prior to D-Day

Quote:LST 393 in Ballyholme Bay

In April 1944, Landing Ship Tank (LST 393) beached in Bangor. The US Navy carried out training exercises and practised beach landings in Ballyholme.

The LST was a British-American collaboration vehicle. It was capable of beaching to deliver heavy equipment, making it ideal for the upcoming Normandy invasion.

LST 393 arrived in Londonderry on 10th April 1944 along with LST 331 and LST 392. Under orders, 393 proceeded to Belfast Lough, anchoring off Bangor around 1800hrs on 18th. The US Navy carried out work on the ship and put her through loading testing.

On 21st April, LST 393 returned to Ballyholme from Larne where it completed two successful beaching exercises. Although they didnít know it, the men of the US Army were making preparations for D-Day. On 21st April, the ship returned to its prior anchorage.

On 23rd, she returned to Ballyholme for loading operations with the US Army. The imposing vessel remained there until early in the morning of 24th April. From there, she progressed to Dundrum Bay, and then Belfastís Pollock Dock. There she loaded with US Army personnel and vehicles bound for Swansea in Wales. At 1752hrs on 27th April, the journey that would take those men to Normandy had begun.

Ballyholme Bay is a popular destination for people visiting the Bangor Area. LST 393 is now a museum, preserved at Muskegon, Michigan, USA.



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Tags: Uk Beach Northern ireland Practice Wwii Bangor Landscape and travel County down Landings Ballyholme bay LST393

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Comments


capto Plus
9 6.8k 25 United Kingdom
10 May 2017 8:03AM
Lovely blue sky and sea, looks almost tropical.Smile
ivor
10 May 2017 8:40AM
excellent colors and view (stick with the lead picture) and a fine story behind it
Bantu 8 7 1 India
10 May 2017 9:53AM
Interesting explanations,great captures Jeff.

Vikram
Nikonuser1 Plus
9 170 16 United Kingdom
10 May 2017 10:16AM
A excellent set of coastal images Jeff, great write up toGrinGrin

Cliff
Chinga Plus
11 3 2 United Kingdom
10 May 2017 11:17AM
Extraordinary images presented... lovely to view...
Isabel GrinGrin
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 20 Canada
10 May 2017 1:52PM
A great set. Especially like the lead image.
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
10 May 2017 2:17PM
I wouldn't mind landing on that beach myself! Smile Can't believe it's less than two weeks since I was at the seaside, seems so long ago now! Wink Fine set Jeff, lead for me Smile
Trev Smile
Mollycat Plus
8 21 2 United Kingdom
10 May 2017 3:29PM
Excellent set and interesting narrative Jeff.
Peter
10 May 2017 4:10PM
Excellent and very interesting set
dark_lord Plus
17 2.9k 786 England
10 May 2017 4:57PM
They've left the sea not quite smooth, noticeable top right in the lead image on the horizon when viewed large Wink
saltireblue Plus
11 12.4k 77 Norway
10 May 2017 6:48PM

Quote:the sun continues to shine

Bah! We woke up to more snow today...SadSadSad
dales Plus
5 13 Australia
11 May 2017 4:26PM
Great set Jeff , lovely warm seaside colour , very interesting narative
Ian

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