Box 024, folder 43: Lloyd J. Lockhart

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LOCKHART, Lloyd J. Canadian Navy Box 24, #43

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THOUSANDS OF MEN, ON LAND AND SEA AND IN THE AIR, PARTICIPATED IN THE INVASION OF NORMANDY BETWEEN MIDNIGHT JUNE 5, 1944 AND MIDNIGHT JUNE 6, 1944. IF YOU WERE ONE OF THEM, PLEASE ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS.

What is your full name? Lloyd John Lockhart

What was your squadron, station, unit? Destroyer Saskatchewan) Escort group ."12"

Where did you arrive in Normandy, and at what time?

What was your rank on June 6, 1944? Leading Seaman

What was your age on June 6, 1944? 20. years old.

Were you married at that time? No.

What is your wife's name? Nil

Did you have any children at that time? Nil

What do you do now? Fire Fighter in the R.C.A.F. at C.J.A.T.C. Rivers Manitoba

When did you know that you were going to be part of the invasion? After we had over a month of day & night shoots & aunty-sub exercies off Ireland & no shore leave

What was the trip like during the crossing of the Channel? Do you remember, for example, any conversations you had or how you passed the time? We in the Navy thought that it was just another night. The Capt. & officer knew better, all tho we may have thought something was doing, we took on supplys & oiled up & right back to sea, I don't think any one went ashore when we oiled up, if I remember right not even the Capt for orders.

What were the rumors on board the boat, ship or plane in which you made the crossing? (Some people remember scuttlebut to the effect that the Germans had poured gasoline on the water and planned to set it afire when the troops came in), We all hoped a landing would end the war & soon.

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Did you by any chance keep a diary of what happened to you that day? Include any impressions from it. No

Were any of your friends killed or wounded either during landing or during the day? No. Not on the Landing of June - 6th

Do you remember any conversations you had with them before they became casualties? NO

Were you wounded? NO

Do you remember what it was like—that is, do you remember whether you felt any pain or were so surprised that you felt nothing?

Do you remember seeing or hearing anything that seems funny now, even though it may not have seemed funny at the time? No

Do you recall any incident, sad or heroic or simply memorable, which struck you more than anything else? No

Did you encounter any enemy aircraft or flak? Was your aircraft demaged? No

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Your name In times of great crisis, people generally show either great ingenuity or self-reliance; others do incredibly stupid things. Do you remember any examples of either from D-Day? No

Where were you at midnight on June 5, 1944? in the English channel. on aunty Sub patrol from Where were you at midnight on June 5, 1944? Lands End to Brest France

Do you know of anybody else who landed within the 24 hours of D-Day, June 6, as infantry, glider or airborne troops, or who took part in the air and sea operations, whom we should write to?

PLEASE LET US HAVE THIS QUESTIONNAIRE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, SO THAT WE CAN INCLUDE YOUR EXPERIENCES IN THE BOOK. WE HOPE THAT YOU WILL CONTINUE YOUR STORY ON SEPARATE SHEETS IF WE HAVE NOT LEFT SUFFICIENT ROOM. FULL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT WILL BE GIVEN IN A CHAPTER CALLED "WHERE THEY ARE NOW;" YOUR NAME AND VOCATION OR OCCUPATION WILL BE LISTED.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP.

W.M. Lee Squadron Leader Director of Public Relations (Air) Air Force Headquarters, Ottawa, Ontario.

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