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LCI-1 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
Laid down in 1942-43, at New Jersey Shipbuilding, Barber, N.J.
Launched in 1943
Transferred to the United Kingdom under terms of the Lend-Lease Act, commissioned HM LCI(L)-306, 2 April 1943
Transferred to the Canadian Navy, commissioned HMC LCI(L)-306, 29 September 1944, LT. Andrew K. Stephens RCNVR (Temp.) in command
During World War II HM LCI(L)-306 / HMC LCI(L)-306 served in the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater
HMC LCI(L)306 was assigned to the 2nd Canadian LCI Flotilla (Royal Navy Flotilla 262), and participated in the following campaign:
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|Campaign and Dates
|Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
Troops Embarked, Highland Light Infantry of Canada C and D Co., plus photographer LT. G A Milne
Decommissioned by the Canadian Navy, 4 September 1944, returned to Royal Navy custody
Returned to US Naval custody, 13 April 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 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)-125 and
HMC LCI(L)-306 embarking Canadian troops of the Highland Light Infantry in the United Kingdom for the trip across the channel to the Normandy invasion beaches.
(Note: Each of the Canadian LCI(L)s had a serial number board affixed to her conning tower. This was used as a system for the troops to identify the correct LCI(L) that they were assigned to during the boarding period.)
||Photo shot from the bow HMC LCI(L)-306 while disembarking Canadian troops of the Highland Light Infantry on the Normandy beachhead. Captain of the Craft, Andy Sevens, RCNVR Winnipeg was on the bridge with a signalman (center) and L/Std. Wallace McQuade of Barrie, Ont. (Lieut Milne's assistant, 6 June 1944.
Courtesy Gilbert Alexander Milne / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library.
||HMC LCI(L)-306 putting Canadian troops of the Highland Light Infantry ashore at Normandy, 6 June 1944.
||Sam Kimpton, Amphibious Forces Memorial Museum
The history for HMC LCI(L)-306 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 9 May 2014
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