The Portland Base

This English base served as the major repair facility and pre d-day home for the PT Boats in the English Channel. This base was located in several places on Portland Bill south to Weymouth. The base personnel created a tent city as a home and the PT crews were billeted on their boats but had meals at the tent city. All Squadron 34 boats were in Portland from the 24th of May to the 31st of May being made fully operational ahead of the historic D-day invasion. 

PORTLAND The Bill.JPG
PORTLAND PT511, PT513, PT514.JPG
PORTLAND Morning over Bill.JPG
PORTLAND PT503 out for repairs.JPG
PORTLAND PT504, PT503, PT518.jpg
PORTLAND Canteen.jpg
PORTLAND PT510 at dock.jpg
PT0078.jpg

The Cherbourg Base

This French base served as forward operational base and minor repair facility. Due to the assignment of the mission to intercept and attack enemy ship movements in the Channel Islands, Squadron 34 shifted to France with all operations carried out from Cherbourg Harbour. 

CHERBOURG Fort & Our New Base.JPG
CHERBOURG destruction.jpg
CHERBOURG Harbor, Army trucks on way to
CHERBOURG Ammo for the Front.JPG
CHERBOURG harbor destruction.JPG
CHERBOURG Our Base.JPG
CHERBOURG The German Army left a Mess.JP