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HMC LCI(L)-266
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HM LCI(L)-266
LCI(L)-266


LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down in 1942, location unknown
  • Launched in January 1943
  • LCI(L)-266 never saw active service in the US Navy
  • Delivered under terms of the Lend-Lease Act to the United Kingdom, 27 January 1943, commissioned HM LCI(L)-260
  • Temporary custody to Canada commissioned into the Canadian Navy as HMC LCI(L)-266, 4 December 1943, LT. John G. Wenman RCNVR (Temp.) in command
  • During World War II HM LCI(L)-266 / HMC LCI(L)-249 was assigned to the 1st Canadian LCI Flotilla, (Royal Navy LCI Flotilla 260) and served in the European-Africa Middle East and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters and participated in the following campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    HM LCI(L)-266 Campaigns and Dates HMC LCI(L)-266 Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944 Burma operation May 1945

  • Decommissioned by the Canadian Navy, 2 September 1944 and returned to Royal Navy custody
  • Returned to US Naval custody, 14 March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 2014
  • Transferred to the State Department for disposal
  • Final Disposition, sold, 13 February 1948, fate unknown
    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)-266 155k HM LCI(L)-266 moored at an English port prior to the Normandy invasion, circa May 1944. Pete Ballantyne for his father, LT. William H. M. Ballantyne RCNR, CO HMC LCI(L)-277
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    LCI(L)-266 204k HM LCI(L)-266 at anchor in an English port prior to the Normandy invasion, circa May 1944. Pete Ballantyne for his father, LT. William H. M. Ballantyne RCNR, CO HMC LCI(L)-277
    LCI(L)-266 380k HM LCI(L)-266 crew photo, circa May 1944. Pete Ballantyne for his father, LT. William H. M. Ballantyne RCNR, CO HMC LCI(L)-277
    LCI(L)-266 562k HM LCI(L)-266 landing troops at Elephant Point Rangoon, Burma in May 1945. 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

    The history for LCI(L)-266 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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    Last Updated 17 October 2014