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HM LST-404

LST-404 transferred to the Royal Navy for the duration of World War II
LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 27 August 1942, at Bethlehem Fairfield Co., Baltimore, MD.
  • Launched, 28 October 1942
  • LST-404 never saw active service with the US Navy
  • Transferred to the United Kingdom and Commissioned HM LST-404, 16 December 1942
  • Royal Navy History
    HM LST-404 transported elements of the 179th Infantry Regimental Combat Team, from Termini
    Imerese, Sicily, 7 September 1943, debarking the troops at Beach Blue, Italy, 10 September 1943 (Salerno
    Also participated in Sicily, Reggio, Anzio and Normandy operations
    Torpedoed by German submarine U-741 on 15 August 1944
    Hulk returned to US Navy custody, 14 October 1944
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 21 October 1945
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in November 1946
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t. (beaching displacement)
    Length 328' o.a.
    Beam 50'
    light 2' 4" fwd, 7' 6" aft
    sea-going 8' 3" fwd, 14' 1" aft
    landing 3' 11" fwd, 9' 10" aft (landing w/500 ton load)
    limiting 11' 2"
    maximum navigation 14' 1"
    Speed 11.6 kts. (trial)
    Endurance 24,000 miles @ 9kts. while displacing 3960 tons
    13 officers
    104 enlisted
    Troop Accommodations
    16 officers
    147 enlisted
    Boats 2 LCVP
    Cargo Capacity (varied with mission - payloads between 1600 and 1900 tons)
    Typical loads
    One Landing Craft Tank (LCT), tanks, wheeled and tracked vehicles, artillery, construction equipment and military supplies. A ramp or elevator forward allowed vehicles access to tank deck from main deck
    Additional capacity included sectional pontoons carried on each side of vessel amidships, to either build Rhino Barges or use as causeways. Married to the bow ramp, the causeways would enabled payloads to be delivered ashore from deeper water or where a beachhead would not allow the vessel to be grounded forward after ballasting
    Armament - US Varied with availability when each vessel was outfitted. Retro-fitting was accomplished throughout WWII. The ultimate armament design for United States vessels was
    two - Twin 40MM gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
    four - Single 40MM gun mounts
    twelve single 20MM gun mounts
    Armament - UK Lend Lease built vessels were to be outfitted with armament after convoying across Atlantic and included
    one - 12 Pounder anti-aircraft multi-barrel mount
    six - 20MM single gun mounts
    four - Fast Aerial Mine (FAM) mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 4,300 Bbls
    two General Motors 12-567A, 900hp Diesel engines
    single Falk Main Reduction Gears
    three Diesel-drive 100Kw 230V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 1,700shp
    twin rudders

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    LST-404 57k HM LST-404 can be seen in the background beached while Canadian military personnel relax and play a little baseball, date and location unknown. Ed Storey
    LCI-235 1029k HM LST-404 and other LSTs, along with USS LCI(L)-235, loading troops of the 45th Division, 9 September 1943, at Palermo, Sicily for the Salerno landings. Barrage balloons provide protective covering in case of enemy attack.
    US Army Signal Corps photos # III-SC 180037 now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Dave Kerr
    343k HM LST-404, HM LST-413 and other landing craft unloading supplies and equipment on the Salerno, 9-10 September 1943. These landings were a part of Operation Avalanche, the invasion of Italy.
    TimeLife_image 116139793 by George Rodger Life Magazine. For Personal non-commercial use only.
    David Upton and
    Mike Green
    LST-404 136k
    LST-404 225k HM LST-404 off the invasion beaches at Salerno, 12 September 1943, LST-404 and two unidentified PT boats are seen with USS Ancon (AGC-4) in the background.
    US National Archives Photo No. 80-G-87333 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Mike Green
    LST-404 87k HM LST-404 down by the head after being torpedoed by the German submarine U-741, circa 15 August 1944. Robert Hurst
    LST-404 72k HM LST-404 broken in half on Ryde Sands, Isle of Wight, England after being towed there by the rescue tug USS ATR-4, circa August-September 1944. Robert Hurst

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