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Royal Navy History Commissioned into the Royal Navy as HM LST-324, 23 January 1943 HM LST-324 sailed from New York in company with HM LST-412 and HM LST-421, 13 March 1943 transporting refinery equipment to Curacao From Georgetown, Curacao HM LST-324 set sail for Freetown, Sierra Leone HM LST-324 participated in the following campaigns: Sicilian occupation Salerno landings West Coast of Italy operations-1944 - Anzio-Nettuno advanced landings Invasion of Normandy Operated in the shuttle service between Tilbury, Ostend and Antwerp Assisted in the liberation of the Channel islands HM LST-324 was reassigned to the Pacific Theater and participated in the Invasion of Malaya. Paid off and returned to the US Navy at Subic Bay, Philippines, 4 May 1946
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|14k||HM LST-324 heads for the Anzio beachhead, January 1944. Note the barrage balloon which was often flown from LST's to discourage strafing attacks by low-flying planes. Also of note is the British surface-search radar above LST-324's wheelhouse||US Navy DANFS|
|77k||HM LST-361 and HM LST-324 loading vehicles and equipment at Gosport, England,
preparing for the upcoming Invasion of Normandy.|
Imperial War Museum War Office Second World War Official Collection, by Knight (Capt), Photo No. © IWM (H 38976).
US National Archives
photo # 80-G-46817
|370k||LSTs land invasion supplies on "Omaha" Beach, shortly after the 6 June 1944 "D-Day" assault.
LSTs on the beach include from (right to left):
USS LST-51? last digit not visible)
USS LST-47 and two unidentified LSTs.
Note: bow numbers of the British ships enclosed in colored blocks; crowd of shipping offshore; barrage balloons over many of the ships. Photo was released for publication, 23 October 1944
US National Archives photo # 80-G-46817 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|Riley R. Re Qua MoMM3/C USS LST-49 and Arthur L Long MoMM2/C USS LST-49
Marilyn Smith for her father Coastguardsman Jack Davenport USCGC Blackhaw (WLB-390)
US National Archives
|61k||HM LST-324 sailing proudly up the Solent after returning from the Normandy beachhead sometime in June 1944. The dustbin aerial of her Type 217P radar unit can be seen just below the flags on her mast.||Robert Hurst|
|68k||HM LST-324 unloading a cargo of timber from the United States at the West African port of Freetown, Sierra Leone. The timber was required for new docks and harbor works.
Royal Navy photo # A 17840 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums.
|50k||HM LST-324 and HM LST-412 unloading logs at Freetown, Sierra Leone, date unknown.||Robert Hurst|
|30k||HM LST-324 beached at Sandakan, 27 October 1945. North East Borneo Force while loading tools and medical supplies.||Australian War Memorial|
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