Operation Shoot

British series of nine undertakings by the Special Boat Squadron, with the aid of light vessels, in support of Allied raiding operations on the islands off the coast of German-occupied Dalmatia (13 April/5 June 1944).

‘Shoot I’ on 13 April was designed to land a reconnaissance party of two Royal Marine commandos, three US signallers with their radio equipment, and one partisan guide on Mljet island from Seagiant.

‘Shoot II’ on 15 April used Seagiant to land a partisan captain, eight other officers and radio equipment on Mljet island, and recovered the ‘Shoot I’ party.

‘Shoot III’ on 21 April involved the towing of two assault landing craft by Seagiant to Korčula island on 21 April to deliver and emplace howitzer support for a partisan attack.

‘Shoot IV’ on 9 May involved Seastar to deliver and emplace howitzer support and medical aid for a partisan attack on the garrison on Šolta island.

‘Shoot V’ on 16 May involved the delivery by Seastar of one officer and one non-commissioned officer with radio equipment to Mljet island on 16 May.

‘Shoot VI’ on 19 May involved the delivery by Seastar of one officer and one non-commissioned officer with radio equipment to Korčula island.

‘Shoot VII’ on 27 May involved Seahawk in the collection of three US airmen and party of partisans from Brač island.

‘Shoot VIII’ on 2 June was part of ‘Flounced’, and used Seastar and Seahawk to transport a landing force.

‘Shoot IX’ on 5 June used Seahawk to deliver and land a rescue party of 100 commandos to search for Brigadier T. D. L. Churchill, commander of the 2nd Special Service Brigade, who had been captured during ‘Flounced’.