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USS LCI(L)-492

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Uniform - Echo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

USS LCI(L)-492 was leased to the United Kingdom
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, circa September-October 1943 at New Jersey Shipbuilding Corp., Barber, N.J.
  • Launched in October 1943
  • Commissioned USS LCI(L)-492, 4 November 1943
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-492 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
  • Decommissioned and leased to the United Kingdom, 20 November 1944
  • Returned to US Navy custody, 4 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1946
  • USS LCI(L)-492 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Transferred to the State Department and sold, May 1946
  • Final Disposition, 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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    LCI(L)-492 84k USS LCI(L)-492 moored pierside, date and location unknown. Thomas L. Mayes for his father Thomas B. Mayes SMCS USN Ret. USS LCI(L)-492
    LCI(L)-492 66k USS LCI(L)-492 Signalman Seaman Thomas B. Mayes on the conn using the signal light, date unknown, England. Thomas L. Mayes for his father Thomas B. Mayes SMCS USN Ret. USS LCI(L)-492
    LCI(L)-89 250k USS LCI(L)-492 and USS LCI(L)-89 wait in a British port to load troops for the Invasion of Normandy, circa May-June 1944.
    US Army photo # USA C-1113
    Gerd Matthes
    LCI(L)-492 158k USS LCI(L)-492 USS LCI(L)-83, USS LCI(L)-85 and USS LCI(L)-89 in a British port while loading troops for D-Day (Normandy), circa 4-5 June 1944.
    Photo from USS LCI National Association's newsletter "The Elsie Item", March 2010 issue
    Ardie Hunt
    LCI(L)-492 89k USS LCI(L)-492 crew members top side, date and location unknown. Thomas L. Mayes for his father Thomas B. Mayes SMCS USN Ret. USS LCI(L)-492
    LCI(L)-492 120k USS LCI(L)-492 partial crew photo, date and location unknown.
    Photo from USS LCI National Association's newsletter "The Elsie Item", June 2006 issue, courtesy of Peter Fantacone, USS LCI(L)-492
    Ardie Hunt

    The history for USS LCI(L)-492 is from USS LCI "Landing Craft Infantry", Vol. II. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, © 1995. (ISBN 1-56311-262-0)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association
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