‘ This ain’t no place for good Christian folk’


Eighty years ago, the late Clive Jones was one of the few Britons to step ashore alongside US troops on Omaha Beach. These are his previously unpublished experiences in his own words, as related to Andrew Thomas

Landing craft put US infantry and engineers ashore on Omaha, scene of a bloody effort to breach the German defences

These events remain permanently etched in my mind. In mid-January 1944, the survey ship HMS S c o tt – in which I was a very junior RNVR sub-lieutenant – completed her refit in Hessle No.2 dock in Hull. She set sail north, round Scotland via the Pentland Firth, to Lochalsh. We were aware of the build-up of Allied forces, particularly in Southern England, and aboard Scott we knew of the sealed orders awaiting authority to open. In May, Scott was ordered south through the Irish Sea to Milford Haven in south Wales, where we took on fuel, then we proceeded south round Land's End and steamed up through the English Channel.

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