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 Post subject: 876th move to Normandy
PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2006 6:10 pm 

Joined: Thu Dec 22, 2005 6:44 pm
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Location: England-101st training area
Got the following from Mr. Knoch via the Normandy Today website. I hope to hear from him again soon.

The following is from a transcript I made from the Microfilm History of the 876th. The film was difficult to read, and I apologize for any mistakes. However, most of what I transcribed should be pretty well on the mark:
At the close of this report the unit was under six hour notice to move to the marshalling area and the majority of the time was spent in athletics and last minute preparations.

On 29 June the unit was moved from USAAF 424, Boxford, Berks to Camp Site, C-6 in the marshalling areas at Hiltingbury, Hants. The equipment and trucks followed later the same day.

The advance walking party left the marshalling area on the 30 June and boarded the LST Monowai at the Southhampton docks.

The equipment party was held on the docks for shipping space until the 2 July.

The ride across the channel was uneventful and without incident.

The advance walking party disembarked in LCAS on the 1 July 1944 at the Omaha Beach and bivouaced at the 2nd Transit Area until the 2 July 1944.

On the 2 July H&S Co. and Co. A moved to ALG A-1 at St. Pierre Du Mont where it was assigned the job of repairing and maintaining the strip. Co. B was assigned the Strip A-2 at Criequeville and Co. C the strip A-3 at Cardonville for the same type of work.

On the 16 July 1944 the unit was relieved of its duties at all three of these strips and assigned the job of maintaining the transport strip T-2 at Colleville Sur Mer. The job here was to lay Hessian carpet on the strip, lengthen it, build perimeter roads and make repairs as necessary. During the period some 483 patches were made, 8541 ft. of improved gravel roads were put in, and the runway lengthened 100 ft. at each end.
Hope this will be of help.
G Knoch


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