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Landing Craft Tank
LCT-2073
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LCT(5)-73


LCT(5)-73 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) Class:
  • Laid down, 10 July 1942, at Jones & Laughlin Steel, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Launched, 17 September 1942
  • Delivered, 8 October 1942
  • Transferred, 17 November 1942, to Great Britain under the lend-lease program, redesignated HM LCT-2073
  • Reverse lend-lease back to the US Navy, date unknown
  • During World War II LCT-2073 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
  • LCT-2073 was returned to the Royal Navy after the Invasion of Normandy
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • LCT(5)-73 as LCT-2073 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Returned, 2 December 1946, to the US State Department, Foreign Liquidation Commission
  • Sold, June 1947
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 285 t.(fl)
    Length 114' 2" (o.a.)
    Beam 32' 8"
    Draft
    limiting 3' 6"
    max.navigational 3' 6"
    Speed 10 kts.
    Range 700 nautical miles at 7 kts.
    Complement
    1 officer
    10 enlisted
    Cargo Capacity 150 short tons
    Armament
    two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    two .50 cal. machine guns
    Armor
    wheelhouse 2 1/2"
    gun shields 2"
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 80 Bbls
    Propulsion
    three Grey Marine 6-71 Diesel engines
    one Diesel-drive 20Kw 120V. D.C. Ship's service generator
    three propellers, 675shp

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    LCT-2073 93k HM LCT-2073 and HM LCT-2429 loading German prisoners of war at Den Helder, The Netherlands, circa July 1945. Sheila Cross for her father-in-law LT. William H. Cross RNVR LCT-2135

    There is no history record available for LCT(5)-73 / LCT-2073 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

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