Landing Ships

Wrong Way Pigeon

Sometime after the landing at Normandy the 282 was delivering cargo to the "Rhino" docks when a military photographer, who was on board, snapped a photo of the unloading.

He used a carrier pigeon to return the film to England. Unfortunately instead of flying west to England the bird got confused and flew east to Germany.

The pigeon soon arrived in Germany exhausted, and the film was captured.

On June 28, the photo was published in a German newspaper. The article apparently said that soon after the photo was taken the "barge" was sunk. That was pure hype, but prophetic, as the LST 282 was sunk about two months later.

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