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Apr 17, 2021

In 1994 I read "The Forgotten Dead," by Ken Small, about Exercise Tiger, the ill-fated practice landing for D-Day sometimes known as Slapton Sands, a stretch of beach on the English coast that resembled Utah Beach. In the middle of the night German e-boats, torpedo carrying surface boats. infiltrated the convoy and sank two fully loaded LSTs and badly damaged a third. Angelo Crapanzano was at his battle station in the auxiliary engine room of LST 507 when the torpedo struck.

The photo shows Angelo's memorabilia book. The page on the left contains his watch, which was smashed at 2:03 a.m. on April 28, 1944; and the number of his LST made from a set of feeler gauges he had on him when he jumped into the English Channel. The page on the right has a picture of the 507 with the saying "Thank god we're on a flat bottomed amphibious LST and will not have to worry about torpedoes."

Angelo's interview is included in my oral history audiobook "The D-Day Tapes" available in my eBay store, and a transcript is in my book "A Mile in Their Shoes: Conversations With Veterans of World War II."

Further resources:

The Forgotten Dead

The Exercise Tiger Memorial

A Mile in Their Shoes

The D-Day Tapes

The usual suspects

War As My Father's Tank Battalion Knew It (the podcast)