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Landing Craft Tank

LCT(5)-52 was transferred under terms of the Lend-Lease agreement to the United Kingdom for the duration of World War II
Landing Craft Tank (Mark 5) Class:
  • Laid down, 5 September 1942, at Kansas City Structural Steel Co., Kansas City, KS.
  • Launched, 22 September 1942
  • Delivered, 28 September 1942
  • LCT(5)-52 so no active service with the US Navy
  • Transferred, 28 January 1942, to the United Kingdom, under terms of the Lend-Lease Act, redesignated HM LCT-2052
  • Armor plating added in early 1944 in the United Kingdom, redesignated LCT(A)-2052
  • During the invasion of Normandy, HM 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 enemy fire from a mobile German 88mm gun. The gun fire resulted caused one KIA, Able Seaman Norman Hannah (D/JX346261) and at least three WIA including the CO., Sub-LT. Lawrence Francis
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 January 1945
  • Returned, 3 April 1945, to the US State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission
  • Sold in December 1947
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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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    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

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