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USS LCI(L)-214


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - November - Kilo
NBNK
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal



USS LCI(L)-214 was transferred to the United Kingdom in October 1944 for the duration of World War II
LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down in 1942, date and location unknown
  • Launched in October 1942
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-214, 31 October 1942
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-214 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    North African occupation
    Tunisian operation, 27 March to 9 July 1943
    West coast of Italy operations
    Anzio-Nuttuno advanced landings, 22 January to 4 February 1944
    Sicilian occupation, 28 July to 17 August 1943 Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944

  • Decommissioned, and leased to the United Kingdom, 31 October 1944
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LCI(L)-214 in March 1945, at Newcastle, UK
  • Royal Naval Service
    HM LCI(L)-214 performed anti/submarine patrols, from Stranraer, Scotland,as part of Flotilla 274 during
    March/April 1945
    HM LCI(L)-214 departed the United Kingdom, 1 September 1945, as part of a large convoy, bound for the US, via
    Malta and the Suez Canal.
  • Returned to US Naval custody, 13 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • Sold, 13 February 1948, by the US State Department
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-214 earned four battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 236 t.(light), 264 t.(landing), 419 t.(loaded)
    Length 158' 5½"
    Beam 23' 3"
    Draft
    Light, 3'1½" mean
    Landing, 2' 8" forward, 4' 10" aft
    Loaded, 5' 4" forward, 5' 11" aft
    Speed
    16 kts (max.)
    14 kts maximum continuous
    Complement
    4 officers
    24 enlisted
    Troop Capacity
    6 officers
    182 enlisted
    Cargo Capacity 75 tons
    Armor 2" plastic splinter protection on gun turrets, conning tower and pilot house
    Endurance 4,000 miles at 12 kts, loaded, 500 miles at 15 knots; and 110 tons of fuel
    Armament
    five single 20mm guns, one bow mounted, one each port and starboard forward of wheelhouse, one each port and starboard aft of wheelhouse
    on some LCIs two .50 cal machine guns were added
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 860 Bbls
    lube oil 200 gal
    Propulsion
    two sets of 4 General Motors 6051 series 71 Diesel engines, 4 per shaft
    single General Motors Main reduction gears
    two Diesel-drive 30Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    twin variable pitch propellers, 2,320shp

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    LCI(L)-214 61k USS LCI(L)-214 on the beach at Cherbourg France in 1944. Joseph Lind
    LCI(L)-214 51k USS LCI(L)-214 on the beach at Cherbourg France in 1944. Joseph Lind
    LCI(L)-214 68k USS LCI(L)-214 underway, date and location unknown. Bill Brinkley
    HM LCI(L)-214
    LCI(L)-214 152k Photo of majority of HM LCI(L)-214 crew members at Stranraer, Scotland in April.1945. Syd Berrett (ex-Telegraphist) HM LCI(L)-214

    The history for USS LCI(L)-214 is from USS LCI "Landing Craft Infantry", Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1995. (ISBN 1-56311-262-0)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
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