Operation FTC

'FTC' was the designation of Allied military supply convoys (together with a numerical and sometimes a literal suffix) plying the route from the Seine Bay, France, to Southend on the Thames river, and as such reciprocals of the 'ETM' series (June/September 1944).

The first of these 122 'France to Thames Coaster' convoys, which comprised mostly small coasting vessels returning empty after delivering supplies for 'Overlord' and the subsequent Allied lands operations in North-West Europe, was FTC.1 of 8/10 June with the 2,742-ton British Chelwood, 2,764-ton British Corsea, 878-ton British Empire Shoal, 868-ton British Glengarriff, 2,781-ton British Lambtonian, 543-ton Belgian Marcel, 1,377-ton Estonian Olev, 1,475-ton British Redcar, 1,128-ton Norwegian Reias, 490-ton British Sedulity, 1,536-ton British Slemish and 828-ton British Thyra III, escorted by the destroyer Opportune and corvettes Gentian and Pennywort.

The last was FTC.89 of 6/7 September with the 842-ton British Ardgantock, 336-ton British Aridity, 428-ton Dutch Brem, 1,074-ton British Brian, 258-ton British Ebbrix, 489-ton British Holburn Head, 420-ton British Moorlands, 1,146-ton British Northwood, 281-ton British Pioneer, 1,368-ton British Raloo, 900-ton British Robert Dundas, 925-ton Norwegian Sado, 946-ton British Sanfry, 487-ton British Serenity, 538-ton British Stanville, 711-ton British Themston and 946-ton Norwegian Tres, escorted by the Canadian corvette Baddeck.

Two oddities in the series were FTC.28A and FTC.30A, which travelled from St Helens Roads to Southend.