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HMC LCI(L)-270
HM LCI(L)-270

LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down in January 1943 at New Jersey Shipbuilding Co., Barber, N.J.
  • Launched in January 1943
  • LCI(L)-270 never saw active service in the US Navy
  • Transferred to the United Kingdom under terms of the Lend-Lease Act, commissioned HM LCI(L)-270, 20 January 1943
  • Transferred to the Canadian Navy, commissioned HMC LCI(L)-270, 8 March 1944. LT. Andrew C. Clark RCNVR (Temp.) in command
  • During World War II HM LCI(L)-270 / HMC LCI(L)-270 served in the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater
  • HMC LCI(L)-270 was assigned to the 2nd Canadian LCI Flotilla (Royal Navy Flotilla 264) and participated in the following campaign:
    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944

  • Decommissioned by the Canadian Navy, 4 September 1944, returned to Royal Navy custody
  • Returned to US Naval custody, 14 March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
  • Transferred to the State Department for disposal
  • Transferred to France, date unknown, redesignated LC-270
  • Final Disposition, sold, 19 April 1946, 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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    HMC LCI(L)-270
    LCI-135 140k HMC LCI(L)-135, HMC LCI(L)-270 and HMC LCI(L)-262 loading Canadian troops in Great Britain for the trip across the channel to the Normandy invasion beaches
    Photo from H.M.C.S. One photographer's impressions of the Royal Canadian Navy in World War II.
    Ed Storey
    LCI-135 60k HMC LCI(L)-135. HMC LCI(L)-270 and an unidentified Canadian LCI(L) about to land Canadian troops from 9 Brigade, 3rd Canadian Division on Nan White Beach west of Bernieres, Normandy, 6 June 1944. Robert Hurst
    LCI-270 54k HMC LCI(L)-270 beached at Courseulles-sur-Mer, France while unloading troops during the Invasion of Normandy, date unknown. Ed Storey
    HM LCI(L)-270
    LCI-270 69k HM LCI(L)-270 docked at Klongtoi, Bangkok, Thailand, carrying Dutch women and children evacuated to safety from internment camps in Java, Netherlands East Indies (today Indonesia).
    Photo taken by an unknown photographer from No 9 Army Film & Photographic Unit. Photo No. SE 6094 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums. Part of the War Office, Central Office of Information and American Second World War Official Collection.
    Robert Hurst

    The history for HMC LCI(L)-270 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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