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Landing Craft Tank
LCT(A)-2303
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LCT-2303
LCT(5)-303


LCT(5)-303 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 October 1942, at Derby Products of Steel Plate Corp., Kansas City, KS.
  • Launched in October 1942
  • Delivered and transferred to the United Kingdom, 2 November 1942, under the Lend-Lease program for Mediterranean Theater service, redesignated LCT-2303
  • Armor plating added in early 1944 in the United Kingdom prior to the Normandy Invasion, redesignated LCT(A)-2303
  • During World War II LCT(A)-2303 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, 6 to 25 June 1944
  • For the Invasion of Normandy LCT(A)-2303 was assigned to the 104th LCT Flotilla of O LCT Squadron out of Brixham....the craft was intended for TARE and UNCLE sectors of UTAH beach
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 13 December 1946
  • LCT(A)-2302 earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, scrapped, circa 1947, broken up at Poole England
    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. Ships' service generator
    three propellers, 675shp

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    LCT-131 57k HM LCT(A)-2303 off Sword Beach during the Invasion of Normandy, June 1944. Note HMS Albatross in background. Robin Fowler for her father Sub-lieut. Leslie Tom Fowler CO LCT-2130

    There is no history record for LCT(5)-303 / LCT-2303 / LCT(A)-2303 available at NavSource
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    World War II LCT Flotillas
    LCT(A)s at Normandy on D-Day
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    Last Updated 12 January 2018