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    Normandy Command and Flagship - Gold Beach, HMS Bulolo (F 82). HMS Bulolo (Pennant F 82) was an armed merchant cruiser and command and control ship. She was originally the MV Bulolo, a passenger, mail, and cargo steamer, of Burns Phillip and Company of Sydney, New South Wales, which was requisitioned and converted by the British Ministry of War. She served in the Atlantic, the Mediterranean, and the Indian ocean.

    This is a jack, a flag of national character, displayed on the bows of ships when at anchor and elsewhere under special circumstances. The jack of the HMS Bulolo is a 34" X 57", cotton, painted and sewn, likely shipboard made flag finished with a tape header hoist sewn to the reverse. The red cross is sewn to the field, but the red and white diagonals are painted. The flag is marked on the reverse, "BRITISH" and HMS BULOLO." Affixed to the reverse is a post war Royal Canadian Naval rating badge for a Regulating Rating (Naval Police).

    Bulolo began her Royal Navy service on escort duty in the Atlantic carrying troops and supplies between South America and South Africa to Britain. She also searched for German surface raiders and Vichy French ships. In 1942, she underwent additional modifications to become an amphibious landing headquarters ship with sophisticated communications systems necessary for a flagship.

    First, she served as the flagship for Admiral Sir Harold M. Burrough, Commander of the Eastern Naval Task Force of Operation Torch, the liberation of North Africa. Her next assignment was Italy, where she bore the flag of Rear Admiral Thomas Troubridge for both Operation Husky, at Sicily and Operation Shingle at Anzio.

    In April 1944, she returned to Britain to prepare for Operation Neptune, the maritime component of Operation Overlord, where Admiral, The Honorable, Sir Cyril Eustace Douglas-Pennant hoisted his flag for the pre-invasion training and coordination. On June 6th, Bulolo commanded the operations on Gold Beach overseeing the landing of the British Corps. At Normandy, she came under both artillery and aerial attack but suffered only modest damage. She would remain on station for 20 days until recalled to Britain.

    This is a jack for a Royal Navy collector of D-Day, Normandy, or flagship artifacts.

    For her WWII Royal Navy service, the HMS Bulolo was accorded the following Honours and awards: Atlantic convoys 1940-42, Operation Torch 1943, Operation Shingle 1944, and Normandy 1944.

    Condition: The Jack of the Bulolo is in fair condition. It is used, worn and faded. The jack has lost much of the paint used to create the design, but otherwise complete.

    This flag was formerly in the collection of Dr. Clarence Rungee, and is accompanied by his original museum inventory sheet with identifying information.

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    6th Saturday
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