Underwater wrecks museum
Location and info
Musee des Epaves Sous-Marines du Debarquement, Route de Bayeux, 14520 Port-en-Bessin-Huppain
On the D6 road linking the port town of Port-en-Bessin and Bayeux. There's a car park on site.
One of our favourite museums in Normandy, the Musee des Epaves Sous-Marines du Debarquement (Museum of underwater wrecks) near Omaha Beach tells unique stories of the vehicles which didn't make it to the beaches on D-Day.
The museum was created by diver and marine salvage expert Jacques Lemonchois in the 1970's and is still run by his family today.
Outside the museum building you can see a huge variety of vehicles and equipment recovered from the seabed including a rare DD (Duplex Drive) M4 Sherman tank, a Sherman Dozer tank, Stuart light tank, and a US M7 Priest self-propelled gun.
The DD tank was found four miles from Omaha Beach in 27m of water. On the morning of June 6, 1944 at 6.30am, 32 amphibious DD tanks from the 741st Battalion were launched - 27 of them sunk in the rough seas, two make it to the beach, and three others are beached by their LCT whose ramp was jammed.
Inside you can get up close to a German Type G7A torpedo still in its firing tube and read the incredible story of the crew of the M7 Priest outside, including the recovery of documents and personal items stashed under the driver's seat.