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TLC A6 was among the first TLCs to be reassembled in Egypt and so was able to assist in the evacuation of Greece in April 1941.
The craft was placed under the command of John Sutton, then a Sub-Lieutenant of 22 years who had joined the Navy rather accidentally. Having signed up to the Royal Navy Volunteer Wireless Reserve for the social aspects of it, he was somewhat surprised to find himself a sailor at the outbreak of the war in 1939. Still, he embraced the challenge and was assigned to Combined Operations.
John tells of his 'adventures', as he calls them, in The Forgotten Flotilla. He describes training in England, his 'cruise' around Africa and up the Suez Canal on the way to his assignment as skipper of a newly developed Tank Landing Craft, and also the operations he carried out with his craft and crew during the evacuation of Greece and the Battle of Crete. For his actions in these operations, he was later awarded the Distinguished Service Order, a medal usually reserved for the higher ranks.
A6 was the only TLC to return from the evacuation of Greece to Suda Bay on Crete. When German forces invaded Crete only one month later, Commonwealth troops again found themselves fighting against a better equipped and better rested enemy. After a valiant struggle, they once more were forced to evacuate. A6 and A20, the only other operable TLC in Suda Bay, were ordered to make their way to the south coast of Crete to assist in the evacuation. They never got there.
Both craft were attacked by dive bombers just past the north- western tip of Crete and sunk. Fortunately, none the crew were lost, but all were eventually taken prisoner by German troops after being sheltered, at great risk, by many of the local villagers. They were then sent back to Germany. They were to remain in a prisoner of war camp until the end of the war. As John puts it: "I was a prisoner for the rest of my war." The people of Greece and Crete continued their struggle against the occupation by Germany.