From from 9th to 11th January 1944, No. 102 R.A.F. Beach Section were deployed with No. 6 Beach Group to participate in Exercise “GRAB”.
The first divisional exercise, entitled “Smash,” …………….. was cancelled. Another exercise, named “Grab,” took place on the 10th/11th January in spite of threatening weather; a substantial proportion of the troops was embarked in Landing Craft Infantry and Landing Craft Tank from Chanonry Point and made wet landings in Burghead Bay after a voyage of two hours. The remainder were fed in dry-shod after spending a freezing night in some aeroplane hangars nearby. The weather deteriorated as the exercise proceeded, craft beached broadside on were pounded by the rising seas, and the pebble beach became jammed with immobile vehicles and carriers, many of which had lost their tracks.1943-1944 1BUCKS PREPARING FOR D DAY – LIGHTBOBS