HM LST-420


LST-420 was built in Maryland in USA and lanched in December 1942. She was sent over to England and stood ready for service in Royal Navy in February 1943. She participated in operations in North Africa and in Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944. Under a convoy to the Belgian city Oostende loaded with military personnel and vehicles 7.November 1944, she hit a mine that immediately broke the ship in two parts. She quickly sank and its beleived that approx 300 people lost their lives in the sinking and the rough weather. In 1990 parts of the bow was salvaged and the remains of the wreck rest on a depth of 10 to 20 meter northwest of Ooostende near Middelkerke Bank.

Former names:
HM LST-420
MC Hull 940, USS LST 280
328,0 x 50,0 x 8,2 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
1621 displ
Baltimore ( US ) 1942
( UK )

51°15.033′N 2°41.798′′E
( Source: Wikipedia )

Picture: LST-404
Wikipedia, Public domain

Last updated: June 2019