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HM LST-362


LST-362 was transferred to the United Kingdom in November 1942 for the duration of World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 10 August 1942, at Bethlehem Steel Co., Quincy, MA.
  • Launched, 10 October 1942
  • USS LST-362 never saw active service with the US Navy
  • Transferred to the United Kingdom under terms of the Lend-Lease Act, 23 November 1942
  • Royal Navy History
  • Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-362, 16 November 1942
    Sailed from New York as part of the 1st Flotilla, 27 January 1943, for the Mediterranean via Bermuda
    During World War II HM LST-362 was assigned to the European Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Sicilian occupation, 9 and 10 July 1943
    Salerno landings, September 1943
    West Coast of Italy operations - 1944 - Anzio-Nettuno advanced landing, 22 January 1944
    Torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-744 while returning from the Mediterranean to the UK in convoy MKS-40 in Biscay Bay area, 2 March 1944
  • Struck from the US Naval Register, 28 April 1945
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    Draft
    light 2' 4" fwd, 7' 6" aft
    sea-going 8' 3" fwd, 14' 1" aft
    landing 3' 11" fwd, 9' 10" aft (landing w/500 ton load)
    limiting 11' 2"
    maximum navigation 14' 1"
    Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    Complement
    13 officers
    104 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    16 officers
    147 enlisted
    Boats 2 LCVP
    Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
    Typical loads
    One Landing Craft Tank (LCT), tanks, wheeled and tracked vehicles, artillery, construction equipment and military supplies. A ramp or elevator forward allowed vehicles access to tank deck from main deck
    Additional capacity included sectional pontoons carried on each side of vessel amidships, to either build Rhino Barges or use as causeways. Married to the bow ramp, the causeways would enabled payloads to be delivered ashore from deeper water or where a beachhead would not allow the vessel to be grounded forward after ballasting
    Armament - US Varied with availability when each vessel was outfitted. Retro-fitting was accomplished throughout WWII. The ultimate armament design for United States vessels was
    two - Twin 40MM gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
    four - Single 40MM gun mounts
    twelve single 20MM gun mounts
    Armament - UK Lend Lease built vessels were to be outfitted with armament after convoying across Atlantic and included
    one - 12 Pounder anti-aircraft multi-barrel mount
    six - 20MM single gun mounts
    four - Fast Aerial Mine (FAM) mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 4,300 Bbls
    Propulsion
    two General Motors 12-567A, 900hp Diesel engines
    single Falk Main Reduction Gears
    three Diesel-drive 100Kw 230V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 1,700shp
    twin rudders

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    LST-368 89k An Albion lorry and Sexton 25 pdr self-propelled gun come ashore from HM LST-368, at Anzio in January, 1944. Note the DUWK moored alongside the jetty.
    Imperial War Museum War Office Second World War Official Collection by Radford (Sgt) of the No. 2 Army Film and Photographic Unit, Photo No. IWM(NA 11392)
    Mike Green
    LST-362 85k Eyewitness account of the sinking of HM LST-362 Roger Smoothy for his father C/MX 107794 Leading Writer Peter Smoothy RN 9th LST Flotilla

    LST-362
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
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