LCI 538 Deck Log D Day 6 June 1944

USS LCI(L)538 Normandy D Day Deck Log Entries Page



Deck Log Entries LCI(L)538 for 6 June 1944 D Day

The information contained on this page is from the LCI(L)538 Ships Deck Log for D-Day. The deck log is the paperwork filled out by the ships Commanding Officer, it is done on a daily basis. The deck log heading has the ships Name, Ships Identification number, Ships Location, the date the deck log was filled out, Zone description, and Commanders name.

The USS LCI (L)538 ships Deck log that I have runs from June 3, 1944 to June 10, 1944. Some of the other information contained on the ships deck log are the hour broken up in a chart with spaces for all 24 hours of the day. For each hour of the day, the All Shaft Average Revolutions, Nautical Miles by Revs, Nautical Miles by Hour, Course, Wind Direction, and wind speed are documented. Other items on the chart include the Barometer height in inches, Air Temperature by dry bulb , Weather by Symbols, Clouds are broken down by formation at low, middle and high, ceiling, moving from in degrees, Total number of sky covered by tenths, and visibilty. Further down the page is a spot to put the Ships position by hour, for 0800, 1200 and 2000 hrs by Latitude and Longitude, Fuel Received, Fuel Expended and Fuel on hand. Water distilled, water received water expended and water on hand, the Magazine Temperature, General Drills and Exercises.

The LCI(L)538 ships deck log also has an area to log per hour the Sea temp surf, Sea From, Sea Points, and Swell Amount. Some of the pages that is filled out, others it not with IN HARBOR written across the chart. The is also a section for Hydrographic and Meteorological Remarks, this section on these deck logs was never filled out. After the pagewith all the charts which is labeled the Deck Log - Columnar Sheet Confidential is a second page. The second page is labeled Deck Log Remarks Sheet, and looks to have been typed out freehand and then signed by the officer that typed the remarks. On the first date I have as an example the remarks sheet has remarks for 0-4, 4-8 etc. It looks like the remarks were broken down into four hour blocks because the sheet was moored in harbor and there wasn't alot of activity to document. Each four hour block has the typed name and signature of the officer that made that entry into the remarks sheet on the deck log. On the top of the remarks page is an area for the ships Name or Identifier and Date, and on the bottom a spot for the Commanding Officer to sign. Right belows where the LCI(L)538 ships Commander signs it has printed, To Be Forwarded Direct To The Bureau Of Naval Personnel At The End Of Each Month, U.S. Government Printing Office 1944.

LCI(L)538 Deck Log Entries for June 6, 1944 D Day

The Deck Log for the USS LCI(L)538 has Identification 51538, Commanded by C. R. Chishol, lt(jg) USN, Sixty Eighth Division Group 34, Twelfth Flotilla, Twelfth Fleet. Ships log of the United States Ship LCI(L)538, Indentification Number 51538, At Plymouth, England to Normandy France, Tuesday 6 June 1944, Zone 2, Colin R Chisholm LT(JG) USN Commanding

at 0100 hrs LCI(L)538
  • Course 182 by Mag
  • Wind Direction was 240 degrees at 4 Knots
  • Barometer Height in Inches was 29.72
  • Air Temperature by Dry bulb was 56
  • Low Clouds Form O, moving from 240 degrees
  • Visibility 8
The 0800 readings were
  • Course 100 by Mag
  • Wind Direction was 260 degrees at 2 Knots
  • Barometer Height in inches was 29.66
  • Air Temperature by Dry bulb was 57
  • Low Clouds Form SC, moving from 260 degrees
  • The Visibility was 7

at 1200 hrs LCI (L)538
  • Course 102 by Mag
  • Wind Direction was 040 degrees at 2 Knots
  • Barometer Height in Inches was 29.68
  • Air Temperature by Dry bulb was 64
  • Low Clouds Form O, moving from 240 degrees
  • Visibility 8
The 1600 readings were
  • Course 040 by Mag
  • Wind Direction was 240 degrees at Knots
  • Barometer Height in inches was 29.64
  • Air Temperature by Dry bulb was 69
  • Low Clouds Form O, moving from 240 degrees
  • The Visibility was 8

As of 1200 hours the LCI(L)538 Ship position was Latitude 40 N and Longitude was 20 W. The documention for the LCI(L)538

for Fuel were
  • Fuel Received 0
  • Fuel Expended 1151
  • Fuel on Hand 1993
For water the chart reads
  • Water Distilled 0
  • Water Received 0
  • Water Expended 200
  • Water On Hand 7349

The Magazine temperature maximum for the day was 69 degrees and the Magazine Temperature minimum for the day was 53 degrees.

The Remarks sheet for the LCI(L)538 are as follows:

0-4 Hours

Anchored in Cawsand Bay anchorage is 5 1/2 fathoms of water with 30 fathoms of cable to stern. Anchor on the following bearings: Breakwater lt 110 psc, Macon lt 341 psc. The USS LCI(L)Flotilla Twelve present.

0025: Made preparations to get underway.

0030: Underway and proceeding on base course 191 degrees true. This ship in station astern of LCI(L)537 4th ship in port column of convoy.

0045: Course changed to 186 degrees True, 185 psc, speed changed to 2/3.

0056: Changed speed to standard.

0117: Changed course to 101 degrees True, changed speed to full.

0127: Changed speed to flank, changed course to 009 degrees True, 090 P.G.C.

0140: Changed speed to full.

0145: Changed speed to flank.

0203: Changed speed to full

0300: Changed course to 019 degrees True, 050 P.G.C.

0310: Passed Start Point light abeam to port, distance 5 miles.

4-8 Hours

Steaming as before at 13 knots.

0524: Changed course to 080 degrees P.G.C., 091 degrees psc, 094 degrees pstgc, 079 degrees True

0654: Bll of Portland abeam to port, distance 3 miles.

8-12 Hours

Steaming as before.

0821: Changed speed to 12 knots.

0916: Changed speed to 11 knots.

1045: Changed speed to 6 knots.

1130: Changed speed to 12 knots.

1148: Changed course to 180 degrees True, 181 degrees P.G.C., passed Greenflay buoy abeam to port.

12-16 Hours

Steaming as before

1230: Passed Pennant 3 buoys close aboard to port

1243: Passed Black Pennant buoy abeam to starboard, distance 200 yards.

1248: Passed second Black Pennant Buoy abeam to port, distance 50 yards.

1254: Passed 3rd Black Pennant buoy abeam to port, distance 20 yards, Changed speed to full.

1305: Passed between Black Pennant buoys, distance 100 yards.

1315: Passed Black Pennant buoy close aboard to port.

1324: Passed Black Pennant buoy abeam to port, distance 40 yards.

1328: Passed Black Pennant buoy abeam to port, distance 75 yards, changed course to 186 True, 187 P.S.C.

1340: Passed midway between Black Pennant buoys.

1356: Passed Black and Red Pennant buoys close aboard to port.

1400: Passed Black Pennant buoy close aboard to port.

1402: Passed "O" buoy close aboard to starboard.

1407: Passed midway between Black Pennant buoys, changed course to 380 degrees True, speed 2/3.

1410: Passed Oboe buoy close aboard to port, changed speed to standard.

1414: Passed Black Pennant buoy close aboard to port.

1426: Changed course to 214 degrees True, 215 P.G.C.

1430: Changed course to 132 P.G.C., changed speed to 7 knots.

1441: Changed speed to Stop.

1452: Changed speed to standard course 125 P.G.C.

1454: Changed speed to full

1458: Changed course to 091 degrees True.

1501: Changed speed to standard, course 086 degrees True.

1507: Passed midway between swept channel marker

1522: Steaming on various courses and speeds.

1525: Made preparations to anchor.

1534: Passed portside channel buoy abeam to starboard, distance 150 yards, changed course to 136 degrees.

1537: Passed portside channel marker close aboard to starboard.

1544: Passed Black Pennant buoy close aboard to port, changed course to 120 degrees P.G.C.

1554: Passed Black Pennant buoy abeam to port, distance 50 yards, changed course to 049 degrees True, 050 degrees P.G.C.

1558: All Engines Stopped.

16-20 Hours

Anchored in area 80 i 10 fathoms of water with 33 fathoms of wire out to the stern anchor.

1616: Got underway

1618: Formed in column astern of LCI(L)537, steamed on various courses at various speeds in conferance to movements of guide.

1643: Crew went to general quarters.

1645: All stations passed and ready.

1700: Started run into beach.

1713: Received signal from guide not to beach.

1803: Made run into beach on signal of guide.

1828: Beached at Omaha sector on Easy Red Beach with 109 fathoms of wire to stern anchor. Troops did not disembark due to deep water.

1838: Retracted from beach.

1852: Beach again at the same beach with 90 fathoms of wire out.

1903: All Troops ashore, five casualties brought aboard.

1908: Retracted from beach.

1930: Laid to in transport area of beach three miles.

20-24 Hours

Steaming as before

2013: Lying to off Ancon to transfer casualties. Received orders to transfer casualties to LST 350

2021: Steaming in accordance with LST 350's movement.

2045: Went alongside LST 286 and discharged casualties.

2136: Cast off from LST 286. Manuevering to rejoin group.

2330: Air Raid - went to General Quarters.

2337: Anchored in transport area by stern to anchor with 30 fathoms of cable.

Signed by Commanding Officer C. R. Chisholm Lt(jg) USN.