A D-Day Red Cross Flag and US Navy Buckler Foul Weather Parka worn by seaman C.W. Weiss on one of the First Boats, LCT-537, to land on Omaha Beach, Normandy, June 6, 1944 Red Cross flag: 22 x 31 in (56 x 79 cm) 2

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A D-Day Red Cross Flag and US Navy Buckler Foul Weather Parka worn by seaman C.W. Weiss on one of the First Boats, LCT-537, to land on Omaha Beach, Normandy, June 6, 1944
Red Cross flag: 22 x 31 in (56 x 79 cm) 2

Sold for US$ 16,250 inc. premium
A D-Day Red Cross Flag and US Navy Buckler Foul Weather Parka worn by seaman C.W. Weiss on one of the First Boats, LCT-537, to land on Omaha Beach, Normandy, June 6, 1944
A white heavy cotton Red Cross flag with central Red Cross and white cotton hoist, recovered by C W Weiss from LCT-537, together with:
Weiss's rubberized cloth US Navy Buckler Foul Weather Parka in tan green with four breast mounted green-painted steel buckles, a hood with green rayon draw strings and side mounted pockets covering holes for audio equipment leads, two ventilation holes beneath each armpit, metal snap buttons at each sleeve, two white rayon drawstrings with metal grips in copper rings at the waist, one black and white cotton label sewn to interior waist lining reading "NAVY DEPARTMENT CONTRACT NXSX-17797 LARGE" below a black stamped "LARGE," back stamped "WEISS C. W." In weathered condition.
Provenance: Estate of CW Weiss; The War Museum.

An important battlefield flown US Navy Red Cross flag draped or flown from the side of the open bow door or used for beach first aid units. LCT-537 was part of Assault Group O-1, flotilla 19, a 8 LST flotilla commanded by Lt J.E. Barry USNR sent in on the first waves. As a tank carrier it was probably part of the wave of 32 specially adapted Sherman tanks that were to be landed that morning on the beach. In reality as they approached the shore under fire the obstructions blocked their path and apparently the pilot gunned the throttle by mistake, and the craft bounced over the wire and landed further up the shore. The LCT was tasked with trying to recover the wounded, once they had unloaded their cargo and this somewhat small flag was supposed to be flown from the bow doors and help minimize enemy fire. It is somewhat doubtful that this could have happened in the first 7 hours of the assault on Omaha beach, the cross fire from the cliffs being ferocious. There was in each crew a red cross complement and they would try to set up First Aid Stations in whatever cover was available on the beach, rescue the wounded were they had a chance, and get them back to hospital ships offshore. Many photographs of the Omaha beach show the Red Cross groups clustered around small flags like this. Out of all the Allied landing sites, Omaha would generate the highest volume of killed and wounded at over 10,000 casualties.
Red Cross flag: 22 x 31 in (56 x 79 cm) (2)
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