Post by Dave Homewood on Jan 30, 2019 20:27:27 GMT 12
I found this in the NEW ZEALAND HERALD, 16 OCTOBER 1943
LITTLE SHIPS TAKE PART IN SICILIAN INVASION: Under the command of an Aucklander, Lieutenant-Commander W. A. E. Leonard, a flotilla of 15 motor fishing vessels made a voyage of 2500 miles from Britain to Sicily. Left: Two of the ships setting out, partly under sail and partly on the power of Diesel motors. Right: Lieutenant-Commander Leonard keeps watch from the wheelhouse of his ship.
So what was the purpose of these fishing vessels? Did they actually go fishing to feed the men? Or was there a more military role? They do not appear to have any defensive guns.