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DE 280 / HMS Kingsmill (K.484)

Class: Evarts (lend-lease)
Type: GMT (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, short hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1140 tons (light), 1430 tons (full)
Length: 283' 6" (wl), 289' 5" (oa)
Beam: 35' (extreme)
Draft: 11' (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Model 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 19 kts
Range: 4,150 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3-3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 4-20mm Mk 4 AA (varied by ship), 4 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 156
HMS Kingsmill (K.484) ex-DE 280:
  • Contract Awarded, 25 January 1942
  • Allocated to the Royal Navy, 14 June 1943, as HMS Kingsmill (K.484)
  • Keel Laid, 9 July 1943 at Boston Naval Shipyard, Boston MA
  • Launched, 13 August 1943
  • Christened / sponsored by Mrs. Walter Douglas (Arleine) Snyder
  • Transferred to RN and commissioned as HMS Kingsmill (K.484) 29 October 1943
  • Returned to USN at Harwich, England on 26 August 1945 and commissioned as USS Kingsmill (DE 280), Lcdr. George B. Calkins, in command
  • Decommissioned at Philadelphia NSY on 26 October 1945
  • Stricken 16 November 1945
  • Sold for scrapping, 17 February 1947
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    HMS Kingsmill 75k undated wartime image Edib Krlicbegovic,
    Bosnia - Hercegovina
    HMS Kingsmill 85k undated wartime image
    HMS Kingsmill 82k undated wartime image
    HMS Kingsmill 94k Kingsmill in drydock at Portsmouth, UK, December 1944. She shows the DE sheerline, and the standard 1945 camouflage scheme. She has a tall mainmast as she was fitted as an assault landing ship (headquarters). [Lt-Cdr R.P. Hall, RANR, from the book "Allied Escort Ships of World War II (A Complete Survey)", by Peter Elliott]
    HMS Kingsmill 68k Kingsmill - a good view of the stern underwater section. Note the shallow draught, twin rudders and propellers. [Lt-Cdr R.P. Hall, RANR, from the book "Allied Escort Ships of World War II (A Complete Survey)", by Peter Elliott]
    Kingsmill 108k undated wartime image Ken Crowhurst

    View the HMS Kingsmill (K.484), ex-DE 280, DANFS history entry
    located on the US Naval Historical Center web site.

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