Where I got this shot of the LST is a complete mystery the main deck is
loaded with ten 6x6 trucks, (two of which are towing trailers) and two
Jeeps. Judging by the lack of dents in the hull, this shot was taken early
in the 1950s. Captain John Roberts who was the skipper in 1959-60 (and
decommissioned the LST) told me those dents are caused by waves slamming
against the hull. Hard to imagine that water could dent 1/2 inch thick
Souda Bay, Crete
Where the AVB 2 would beach years later.
Taken in 1959 by Ray Gefken
who was aboard in 1958-60.
Both of the 40mm AA guns are missing! But they were
there in the shot taken in the early 1950s. My guess is they
were removed for upgrading and this shot was taken at that
time. Skipper John Roberts is no longer alive so he
can't shed any light on this and Ray (if he is still alive)
was an electrician so he would probably be clueless.