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Landing Craft Tank, off Sword Beach on D-Day, 6 June 1945 the area already having been cleared of mines by BYMS (British Yard Mine Sweepers) and MMS's (Motor Mine Sweepers) from Minesweeping Base Wildfire III, Queenborough.
British Yard Mine Sweeper 2206.
Nore Command, World War Two 1939 to 1945
BRITISH YARD MINE SWEEPERS
BYMS’s were built in the United States and transferred the Royal Navy under the Lend-lease Programme. “British Yard Mine Sweepers” are so called because they were built to the same design as the US Navy’s “Yard Mine Sweepers”.
Crews for the BYMS’s would sail to the United States, often on the Queen Mary, which could sail unescorted because of her greater speed, to collect their vessel. They would then have the formidable task of sailing their small vessel back across the Atlantic Ocean, often in winter.
BYMS 2206, Flotilla 165 in 43 and 44, Flotilla 181 in 45.
Built by: Hiltebrant Dock Co., Kingston, New York, USA.
Laid down: 18 December 1942.
Launched: 29 April 1943.
Completed and transferred to Royal Navy: 16 October 1943.
Reclassified: HMS J-1006 later HMS BYMS-2206.
Assigned to the Nore Command, Flotilla 165.
Took part in the D-day landings.
16 Oct 43, Completed.
21 Nov 43, New York.
24 to 27 Nov 43, Bermuda. Crossed Atlantic Ocean by the more southerly route from Bermuda to Horta in the Azores (Island group) and on to Southern England.
5 to 7 Dec 43, Horta.
13 to 18 Dec 43, Falmouth.
19 Dec 43 Dartmouth.
19 to 23 Dec 43, Portland.
23 and 24 Dec 43 Portsmouth.
25 Dec 43 Southend.
8 Feb 44, Falmouth.
6, May 44, Portsmouth.
7 May to 23 May 44 Harwich.
June 6th, D-Day BYMS 20 was sweeping off Sword Beach.
During the period from the 4 June 1944 (the day before D-day) to the end of July 1944 BYMS would have cleared pathways through the minefields to the Normandy Beachheads, cleared mines ahead of the Invasion Convoys, cleared mines from the ship assembly and disembarkation areas almost right up to the beaches, widened the cleared pathways and continuously swept for newly laid mines.
23 June 44 Portland.
25 June 44, Captain of Minesweepers France.
26 June to 8 July 44, Harwich.
9 July 44, Harwich.
25 July 44, Portsmouth.
27 Aug to 5 Sep 44, Harwich.
25 Sep 44, Southend.
11 Nov 44, Harwich.
11 Nov 44, Ostend. In November 1944, helped in clearing the Scheldt of mines, the most crucial minesweeping event of WW2.
30 Nov to 12 Dec 44 Harwich.
17 Jan to 26 March 45 Harwich.
27 March to 28 March 45 Humber.
29 March to 9 June 45, Cromarty
27 June 45, Tobermory.
28 June 3 Sep 45 Swansea. For S.E. Asia.
1946 at Malta.
23 May 47 returned to United States Navy and sold to Italy.
OFFICERS ON THE NAVY LIST, June 1944
Temp. Lieut, R. N. R., J. R. Jensen, 27 Aug 43 (In Command)
Temp. Sub-Lieut, R. N. V. R., J. Stott, 26 Oct 43.
OFFICERS ON THE NAVY LIST, July 1945.
Temp. Sub-Lieut, R. N. V. R., W. H. Hogg, June 45
Temp. Sub-Lieut, R. N. V. R., J. Stott, 26 Oct 43