LCT 7074

A Veteran of the D-Day Landings

The National Museum of the Royal Navy is working with our partners the D-Day Story to save the last surviving Second World War, D-Day Landing Craft Tank, LCT 7074. Planning permission has now been granted for LCT 7074, alongside the D-Day Story on Southsea seafront.

The story behind landing craft tank 7074

At dawn, on the morning of D-Day (6th June 1944), 7,000 ships, including 800 landing craft approached the Normandy beaches ready to land 160,000 soldiers. What ensued was the largest seaborne invasion in history and it was landing craft such as LCT 7074 that delivered troops and essential equipment to the beaches.

Landing Craft Tanks were capable of carrying ten tanks or other heavy armoured vehicles into battle. LCT 7074 is the last of these vital workhorses known to have actually participated in the D-Day landings. This critically significant association with D-Day, the largest amphibious operation in history, gives LCT 7074 a unique interpretative value and consequently she has been designated as part of the National Historic Fleet, Certificate Number 713.

Our mission

This year we will commence work to restore LCT 7074 to her 1944 configuration and will be aiming to display her to the public at the D-Day Story in early 2020. The only other major warship on UK public display from the D-Day campaign is HMS Belfast and as a 10,000 tonne cruiser providing gunfire support from miles offshore, she commemorates only half of the story of naval participation in the operation.

The equally important task of transporting troops ashore and keeping them supplied is not commemorated by any other UK historic ship and the preservation of LCT 7074 will be an appropriate way of remembering and telling the stories of the thousands of men and women who designed, built, maintained and serviced these vital craft, as well as the young men, mostly ‘weekend sailors’ from the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, who took them into action, not just on 6 June 1944 but beyond.

Help us restore LCT 7074

People wanting to support our fundraising efforts can now donate online. Every pound helps us make the restoration efforts of LCT 7074 a reality. Whilst we have been awarded generous grants from our partners we still need to match fund an additional £1.2 million. Help us raise the remaining amount today!

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