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Landing Craft Tank
LCT-43 / LCT-2043 / LCT(A)-2043
LCT-43 was Lend-Lease to the UK and Reverse Lend-Lease back to the US
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
Landing Craft Tank (Mark 5):
Laid down in 1942 at Kansas City Structural Steel Co., Kansas City, KS
Launched in 1942
Delivered and transferred to the United Kingdom, under the Lend-Lease program for Mediterranean Theater service, redesignated LCT-2043
Armor plating added in early 1944 in the United Kingdom prior to Reverse Lend-Lease to the US Navy, redesignated LCT(A)-2043
During World War II LCT(A)-2043 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 (LCT Gunfire Support Group), 6 to 25 June 1944
Placed out of service, date unknown
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Final Disposition, fate unknown
LCT(A)-2043 earned one battle star for World War II service
Displacement 286 short tons
Length 114' 2" (ovl.)
Beam 32' 8"
Speed 10 kts.
Range 700 nautical miles at 7 kts.
Cargo Capacity 150 short tons
Armament 1 single 20mm AA gun mount, 2 .50 cal. machine guns
Armor 2 1/2" wheelhouse, 2" gun shield
Propulsion 3 Grey Marine Diesels, 3 propellers, Shaft horsepower 675 per shaft
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||View of "Omaha" Beach following emplacement of the "Gooseberry" breakwater of sunken ships, circa mid-June 1944. Construction operations are underway in the foreground, with two bulldozers at work. The old British battleship Centurion, sunk as part of the breakwater, is visible in the center.
Landing craft present at or near the shoreline include (from center to left): LCT-149; British LCT-2043 (marked "U.S."); British LCT-1024; LCT-413 and LCT-611. The British LCT-1024 is somewhat off shore, in the right center, headed toward the right. This view forms the left half of a panorama.
US National Archives photo # 80-G-258260 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|US Naval Historical Center web site
There is no DANFS history record for LCT-43 / LCT-2043 / LCT(A)-2043 available at NavSource
Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
World War II LCT Flotillas
LCT(A)s at Normandy on D-Day
Last Updated 7 July 2006
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|