HMS Campbeltown - Commando Parties
HMS Campbeltown carried the ASSAULT, DEMOLITION and PROTECTION parties of Commando Group 3, under the leadership of Major William Oranmore Copland. Distributed on deck behind low, armoured screens, and in the Wardroom beneath the bridge, their job was to move forward as rapidly as possibly upon impact, climb down to the dock caisson over the port and starboard bows, and subdue nearby gun positions before moving on to their assigned targets.
Aft Deckhouse: guns 7 & 8
Guns 5 & 6
Armoured deck screens
Funnels 3 and 4 cut back
Midships guns 1-4
HMS Campbeltown en-route to Saint-Nazaire. A very unofficial image, since no photographs were meant to be taken, courtesy of David Stogdon, at the time a Sub-Lieutenant RNVR, in HMS Tynedale
Auxiliary HQ (Overall control of Group 3)
Major William Oranmore COPLAND, HQ/2 Cdo
Corporal Jack Cheetham, 5/2 Cdo
Lance Corporal C.A 'Jock' Fyfe, 2 Cdo
Private Thomas Gerard Hannan, HQ 2/Cdo
Rifleman John Clifford Beardsell, 3/2 Cdo
Demolition HQ (Control of Group 3 Demolitions)
Captain Robert Kerr MONTGOMERY, RE
Lieutenant William Whitson Etches, 3 Cdo
Lance Sergeant Robert Evan Jameson, 9 Cdo
Private Jimmy Brown, 5 Cdo
Assault Party 3C
Lieutenant John Morgan RODERICK, 3/2 Cdo
Second Lieutenant John Forbes Stutchbury, 3/2 Cdo
Sergeant Len Bayliss, 3/2 Cdo
Corporal V.W.C 'Nicky' Finch, 3/2 Cdo
Corporal Arthur Frank Woodiwiss, 3/2 Cdo
Lance Corporal John Donaldson, 3/2 Cdo
Lance Corporal Arnold 'Arnie' Howarth, 3/2 Cdo
Lance Corporal Harold Simpson, 3/2 Cdo
Lance Corporal F.W. Thrift, 3/2 Cdo
Private John A. Gardner, 3/2 Cdo
Private F Gooch, 3/2 Cdo
Private William Anthony 'Dutch' Holland, 3/2 Cdo
Rifleman G Jarvis, 3/2 Cdo
Private A.E.G Sherwin, 3/2 Cdo
Assault Party 3D
Captain Donald William ROY, 5/2 Cdo
Lieutenant John David Proctor, 5/2 Cdo
Lance Sergeant Colin Jones, 5/2 Cdo
Lance Sergeant William Albert Challinton, 5/2 Cdo
Lance Sergeant Donald Charles Randall, 5/2 Cdo
Lance Corporal Harold 'Aggs' Roberts, 5/2 Cdo
Lance Corporal Frank Sumner, 5/2 Cdo
Private Arthur Ashcroft, 5/2 Cdo
Private Hugh Wilfred 'Hughie' Cox, 5/2 Cdo
Private John Edward Herbert Gwynne, 5/2 Cdo
Private Tommy McCormack, 5/2 Cdo
Private Leslie George 'Les' Whelan, 5/2 Cdo
Private Frederick E. 'Fred' Wilkes, 5/2 Cdo
Gunner R. Milne, 5/2 Cdo
Protection Party: Group 3A
Lieutenant H.G.L 'Hoppy' HOPWOOD, 5/2 Cdo
Sergeant Louis Walter 'Ben' Brown, 5/2 Cdo
Corporal Fred Holt, 5/2 Cdo
Lance Corporal Richard 'Dick' Wilcox, 5/2 Cdo
Private Peter Honey, 5/2 Cdo
Group 3 Targets - 'Normandie' Dock
Assault Party - RODERICK. Assault flak positions at south-east corner of 'Normandie' dock. Destroy fuel storage units. Prevent enemy from approaching the landing area from the north-east.
Assault Party - ROY. Assault flak positions on roof of Pumping Station and form bridgehead at Bridge 'G' to cover withdrawal. Resist any attack from vessels in the Bassin de Saint-Nazaire.
Protection Party - HOPWOOD. Provide cover for demolition teams working at the southern end of the dock.
Demolition Party - BURTINSHAW. Ensure destruction of the outer caisson should Campbeltown fail. In fact this party was sent north to reinforce that of Brett at the inner caisson.
Demolition Party - SMALLEY. Demolish the southern Winding House.
Demolition Party - CHANT. Destroy the pumps and motors within the Pumping Station.
Protection Party - DENISON. Provide cover for demolition parties moving to, and operating in the area of, the inner caisson.
Demolition Party - BRETT. Advance along the west side of the dock and destroy the inner caisson.
Demolition Party - PURDON. Advance along the west side of the dock and demolish the northern Winding House.
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