260th Landing Craft Flotilla, Southampton, England
James Grant, the telegraphist (radio operator) on a Canadian landing craft, took this photograph of the Canadian 260th Flotilla's landing craft in Southampton, England.
In this view, the landing craft await orders to launch the amphibious assault on Normandy. Grant served in Landing Craft Infantry (Large) LCI(L) 249, visible in the foreground, until after D-Day, when he shifted to LCI(L) 310. These landing craft were built in the United States, but many had been loaned to Britain's Royal Navy, which in turn allocated 30 of them to the Royal Canadian Navy.
George Metcalf Archival Collection