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Lost to enemy action, 28 April 1944


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Xray - Victor
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive - 28 April 1944)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship:
  • Laid down, 8 September 1943, at Jeffersonville Boat and Machine Co., Jeffersonville, IN.
  • Launched, 16 November 1943
  • Commissioned USS LST-507, 10 January 1944, LT. James S. Swarts, USNR in command.
  • During World War II USS LST-507 was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater
  • Sunk by a German E-Boat torpedo attack off Slapton Sands, England, 28 April 1944, during Operation Tiger, the rehearsal for the Normandy invasion. LST 507 went down with 16 Army trucks and landing craft on deck and 22 amphibious DUKWs in her hold. Torpedoed by 40-knot German E-boats based in Cherbourg, 202 US servicemen from this vessel were killed. In total US 638 servicemen lost their lives in Exercise Tiger.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 9 June 1944
    1,625 t.(lt)
    4,080 t.(fl) (sea-going draft w/1675 ton load)
    2,366 t.
    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 (varied with availability when each vessel was outfitted. Retro-fitting was accomplished throughout WWII. The ultimate armament design for United States vessels was
    2 - Twin 40MM gun mounts w/Mk. 51 directors
    4 - Single 40MM gun mounts
    12 single 20MM gun 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-507 85k USS LST-507 enroute to the European Theater from the US with a MK5 LCT loaded on her main deck, March 1944. Robert Hurst
    LST-507 407k USS LST-507 at anchor in Brixham Harbor, England, 27 April 1944, This photo was taken the day before USS LST-507was sunk in the English Channel by a German E-boat. Eugene Kyle
    104k Chart of Convoy T4, showing positions of LSTs and E-Boats off Slapton Sands England the night of 27-28 April 1944.
    Tommy Trampp
    86k Artist's rendition of the action off Slapton Sands, 28 April 1944, German E-Boat torpedo attack hits USS LST-507. Tommy Trampp
    247k Surviving Officers from USS LST-507 and USS LST-531. Ensign Alexander Brown, Far Left, Standing (Deceased August, 1995) Also pictured, Ensign Douglas Harlander, LST-531, kneeling middle; and Dr. Eugene Eckstam, LST-507, far right, standing) Tommy Trampp

    USS LST-507
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Swarts. James S., USNR10 January 1944 - 28 April 1944
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Exercise Tiger: Disaster at Slapton Sands 28 April 1944
    Exercise Tiger - The Quiet Sacrifice
    Historic England -American Landing Ships Involved in D-Day Rehearsals
    Alexander Z "Jerry" Brown Story - LST-507
    The USS LST Ship Memorial
    LST Home Port
    State LST Chapters
    United States LST Association
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