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HMC LCI(L)-252
HM LCI(L)-252

LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down in 1942 at New Jersey Shipbuilding Co., Barber, N.J.
  • Launched in 1942
  • LCI(L)-252 never saw active service with the US Navy
  • Delivered under terms of the Lend-Lease Act to the United Kingdom, 28 December 1942, commissioned HM LCI(L)-252
  • Temporary custody transferred to Canada, commissioned HMC LCI(L)-252, 29 January 1944, LT. Raymond E. S. Wakefield RCNVR (Temp.) in command
  • During World War II HM LCI(L)-252 / HMC LCI(L)-252, 2nd Canadian LCI Flotilla (Royal Navy Flotilla 262) was assigned to the Europe- Africa-Middle East Theater, HMC LCI(L)-252 participated in the following campaign:
    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944

  • Decommissioned by the Canadian Navy, 4 September 1944, returned to the Royal Navy
  • Returned to US Naval custody, 13 February 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 February 1946
  • Transferred to the State Department for disposal
  • Final Disposition, sold, 13 February 1948, fate unknown
    Displacement 236 t.(light), 264 t.(landing), 419 t.(loaded)
    Length 158' 5½"
    Beam 23' 3"
    Light, 3'1½" mean
    Landing, 2' 8" forward, 4' 10" aft
    Loaded, 5' 4" forward, 5' 11" aft
    16 kts (max.)
    14 kts maximum continuous
    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
    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
    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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    HM LCI(L)-252
    LCI-276 274k HM LCI(L)-252 crew photo taken at Sousse, Tunisia, date unknown. Jerry Gilmartin MMC(SW) USN Ret. Secretary AFMM LCI 713, Curator PT-658 Save the PT Boat Inc, courtesy Dennis Blocker LCI National Association Historian
    HMC LCI(L)-252
    LCI-118 53k HMC LCI(L)-252 approaching the beach at Normandy, D-Day, 6 June 1944.
    Canadian Forces Joint Imagery Centre image # CT299
    Ed Storey

    The history for HMC LCI(L)-252 was extracted from
    The RCN's Part in the Invasion of France
    , a Royal Canadian Navy History document.
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    The Nauticapedia - The Ships of the Royal Canadian Navy Present Off the Normandy Beaches on June 6/7/1944 (The D-Day Landings)
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