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Lost off the Normandy beachhead, 6 June 1944

Landing Craft Tank

LCT(5)-49 was Lend-Lease to the UK and Reverse Lend-Lease back to the US
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 6 June 1944)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

Landing Craft Tank (Mark 5):
  • Laid down, 24 August 1942, at Kansas City Structural Steel Co., Kansas City, KS
  • Launched, 12 September 1942
  • Delivered, 15 November 1942
  • Transferred, 8 November 1942, to the United Kingdom, under terms of the Lend-Lease Act, redesignated HM LCT-2049
  • Armor plating added in early 1944 in the United Kingdom prior to Reverse Lend-Lease to the US Navy, redesignated LCT(A)-2049
  • During World War II LCT(A)-2049 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 June 1944

  • LCT(A)-2049 was carrying C Company 741st Tank Battalion when she struck a mine about 0145, 6 June 1944, twenty miles off the Normandy coast. All 68 personnel aboard were transferred to an LCM and then to USS LST-314 with no casualties
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 13 November 1944
  • LCT(A)-2049 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, lost in Operation Neptune, Normandy landings, 6 June 1944
    Displacement 285 t.(fl)
    Length 114' 2" (o.a.)
    Beam 32' 8"
    limiting 3' 6"
    max.navigational 3' 6"
    Speed 10 kts.
    Range 700 nautical miles at 7 kts.
    1 officer
    10 enlisted
    Cargo Capacity 150 short tons
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    two .50 cal. machine guns
    wheelhouse 2 1/2"
    gun shields 2"
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 80 Bbls
    three Grey Marine 6-71 Diesel engines
    one Diesel-drive 20Kw 120V. D.C. Ships' service generator
    three propellers, 675shp

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    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
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