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Landing Craft Tank
LCT-52 / LCT-2052 / LCT(A)-2052


LCT-52 was transferred Lend-Lease to the UK
Landing Craft Tank (Mark 5) Class:
  • Laid down (date unknown) at Manitowoc Shipbuilding Co., Manitowoc WI.
  • Launched (date unknown)
  • Delivered (date unknown)
  • LCT-52 never saw service with the US Navy
  • Transferred to Great Britain under the lend-lease program, redesignated LCT-2052
  • Armor plating added in early 1944 in the United Kingdom, redesignated LCT(A)-2052
  • Final Disposition, lost during the Invasion of Normandy, 6 June 1944.
  • Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
    LCT(A)-2052 was assigned to Queen Red sector of Sword beach at La Breche, France.
    After discharging her cargo of Centaur and Sherman tanks belonging to the 5th Independent Battery of the Royal
    Marine Armoured Support Group she came under fire from a mobile German 88mm. The resulting gun fire left
    LCT(A) 2052 a wreck at the waters edge with many of her crew killed or wounded.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 286 short tons
    Length 114' 2" (ovl.)
    Beam 32' 8"
    Draft 3'
    Speed 10 kts.
    Range 700 nautical miles at 7 kts.
    Complement 13
    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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    LCT-52/A2052 36k LCT(A)-2052 beached alongside LCT(HE) 2433, on the morning of D-Day in Normandy, 6 June 1944. Both craft were units to the 100th LCT(A)(HE) Flotilla assigned to Sword beach with the 8th Infantry Brigade (assaulting) of the 3rd British Division. WWII LCT web site

    There is no DANFS history record available for LCT-52 at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    World War II LCT Flotillas

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