Divers want to trace families of ‘forgotten’ D-Day heroes

Image from Landing craft wreck, LCT427, Solent Area, SSAC project 2011 PICTURE: Martin Davies
Image from Landing craft wreck, LCT427, Solent Area, SSAC project 2011 PICTURE: Martin Davies
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FAMILIES of 12 ‘forgotten heroes’ who perished on a D-Day landing craft which sank in the Solent are being urged to come forward so a memorial service can be held at sea.

The Southsea branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club, which identified the wreck of the landing craft, is keen to trace relatives or former comrades of the men who died so they can invite them to the service.

Image from Landing craft wreck, LCT427, Solent Area, SSAC project 2011 PICTURE: Martin Davies

Image from Landing craft wreck, LCT427, Solent Area, SSAC project 2011 PICTURE: Martin Davies

Alison Mayor led the team which conducted the diving survey and research to find the vessel, which sank in a collision with a British battleship in the early hours of June 7, 1944 after the D-Day landings.

She said: ‘We very much want to contact any surviving family of the men.’