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USS LCI(L)-502


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Victor - November
NQVN
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



USSLCI(L)-502 was leased to the United Kingdom under terms of the Lend-Lease Act
LCI-351 Class Landing Craft Infantry (Large):
  • Laid down, date and place unknown)
  • Launched (date unknown)
  • Commissioned as USS LCI(L)-502, 20 November 1943
  • During World War II USS LCI(L)-502 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign while under British control:
    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944
    USS LCI(L)-502 landed elements of the Durham Light Infantry on Gold Beach on D-Day
  • Decommissioned and leased to the United Kingdom, 26 November 1944
  • Returned to US custody, 24 September 1946
  • Laid up at the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Bayonne Bay, N.J.
  • Struck from the Naval Register in 1946
  • Sold by US Navy, 20 December 1949
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS LCI(L)-502 earned one battle star for World War II service
    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
    LCI(L) 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
    Armament five single 20mm guns two forward, one amidship, two aft, on some LCIs two .50 cal machine guns were added
    Fuel Capacity 130 tons, lube oil 200 gal.
    Propulsion two sets of 4 GM diesels, 4 per shaft, BHP 1,600, twin variable pitch propellers

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    LCI(L)-502 68k USS LCI(L)-502 moored in Dartmouth Harbour in May 1944.
    Photo from the USS LCI National Association's newsletter "The Elsie Item", March 2002.
    Ardie Hunt
    LCI(L)-502 458k USS LCI(L)-502 disembarking during a practice landing at Paignton Sands, England in May 1944. John Cummer USS LCI(L)-502
    LCI(L)-502 356k USS LCI(L)-502 and other LCIs of Group 31, moored at the Royal Docks, Southampton in June 1944. The unusual paint scheme, white with blue stripe was so that the British Assault Force could identify the U.S. LCIs temporarily assigned to them for the Normandy D-Day landing. John Cummer USS LCI(L)-502
    LCI(L)-502 41k Bow on view of LCI Group 31 LCIs including USS LCI(L)-502 moored at the Royal Docks, Southampton in June 1944. The unusual paint scheme, white with blue stripe was so that the British Assault Force could identify the U.S. LCIs temporarily assigned to them for the Normandy D-Day landing. John Cummer USS LCI(L)-502
    LCI(L)-502, PC-1222 69k Partial views of USS LCI(L)-502 along with another unidentified LCI in this photo of USS PC-1222, at the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Bayonne Bay, N.J., temporary anchorage, 22 April 1947. Photo by Ted Stone. Bob Daly USS PC-1181

    The history for USS LCI(L)-502 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
    Fleet Reserve Association

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Landing Craft Infantry National Association

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