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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
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
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
||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
||HMC LCI(L)-252 approaching the beach at Normandy, D-Day, 6 June 1944.
Canadian Forces Joint Imagery Centre image # CT299
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)
Last Updated 13 February 2015
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