LCI(L) 249 in Drydock, Portsmouth, England
Landing craft LCI(L) 249 is seen here in a Portsmouth drydock after being damaged on D-Day.
Striking a mine on the way in to the beach, 249 was one of several landing craft from the 260th Flotilla that were damaged during the D-Day landings. None of the 192 soldiers on board were injured, but they had to disembark in deeper water than had been planned and struggled to get their equipment ashore. Another landing craft towed 249 back to England, where the damage was repaired.
George Metcalf Archival Collection