Squadron 34
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MTB Squadron 34

Prior to the Normandy invasion, the PTs of Squadron 34 escorted minesweepers in advance of the invasion fleet, clearing a broad sea lane to the beaches and the fire support areas offshore. On D-Day the PTs of Squadron 34 were stationed on the “Mason Line,” near the islands of Saint-Marcouf as an inner defence against infiltration by E-boats. The PTs rotated on and off this line for the remainder of the month of June.

A new operational base is setup in Cherbourg and a new mission given to Squadron 34 “To intercept and attack enemy ship movements in the Channel Islands, and such other missions as issued by CTF 125”.

The Boats

MTB Squadron 34 consisted of 12 PT Boast Pt’s 498, 499, 500, 501, 502, 503, 504, 505, 506, 507, 508 & 509

The Missions