The Crew of LCI(L) 135
Canadian landing craft at D-Day were operated by relatively small crews of around 20 sailors.
In this photograph, many of the crew of LCI(L) 135 pose aboard their landing craft. The sailors are wearing white gunshirts, while a petty officer (back row, right) wears a cap and jacket. One of the sailors (front row, second from left) holds a rabbit mascot on his shoulder. The crew of 135 have christened their craft "Lonesome Polecat", painting the name on the ship's bridge, along with a maple leaf (background). Many other Canadian landing craft received similar nicknames and artwork.
George Metcalf Archival Collection