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LST-428 was transferred to the United Kingdom for the duration of World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
Laid down, 22 November 1942, at Bethlehem Fairfield Co., Baltimore, MD.
Launched, 22 December 1942
LST-428 saw no active service in the United States Navy
Transferred to the United Kingdom and commissioned HM LST-428, 9 February 1943
Participated in Sicily, Salerno, Anzio and Normandy operations (MacDermott Ships Without Names)
Returned to US Navy custody, 10 June 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 19 July 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 10 October 1947, to Luria Brothers and Co., Philadelphia, PA.
4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
Length 328' o.a.
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
Boats 2 LCVP
Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
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 /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
Diesel 4,300 Bbls
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
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||HM LST-428 beached at Courseulles, France, in August 1944 while loading casualties. HM LST-428 had been
converted to transport casualties back to the United Kingdom.
Photo taken by LT. E. A. Zimmerman, Royal Navy official photographer.
Image # A25095 from the Collections of the Imperial War Museums.
||HM LST-428 loading wounded soldiers while beached at Courseulles, France, in August, 1944..
Imperial War Museum Admiralty Official Collection, Photo No. © IWM (A 25096)<
||Beached at Courseulles, France, while loading wounded men being transferred from ambulances to Hospital Tank Landing Ship
HM LST-428 in August 1944. Both Allied and Germany wounded were being transported from the battle area to the United Kingdom.
Imperial War Museum Admiralty Official Collection, Photo No. © IWM (A 25094)
||Interior view of wounded men being transferred from parked ambulances to the Hospital Tank Landing Ship HM LST-428 at
low tide through the ship's bow doors. She is helping to transport casualties, including enemy wounded from Courseulles, France to the United Kingdom.
Imperial War Museum Admiralty Official Collection, Photo No. © IWM (A 25098)<
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