D-Day landing craft helps troops of today

Soldiers from the TA's Chesterfield-based 73 Royal Engineers with Sea Scouts hold an exercise with a World War Two landing craft dating back to D-Day
Soldiers from the TA's Chesterfield-based 73 Royal Engineers with Sea Scouts hold an exercise with a World War Two landing craft dating back to D-Day
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A historic landing craft used on D-Day has been back in action for an exercise involving North Derbyshire Army reservists.

The World War Two boat, privately-owned by John Busuttil, was borrowed by Chesterfield-based 73 Engineer Regiment to transport military plant equipment.

Soldiers from the unit were engaged in a project to build a new boat house and upgrade toilets on an island in the River Trent in Nottinghamshire, used by Sea Scouts.

Warrant Officer II Darren Winter, who led the project, said: “The task we faced was how to transport our plant machinery across to the island.

“We wouldn’t have been able to complete the project without John’s help.”

The reserves built a timber landing slipway on the island to enable equipment to be brought off the craft.