American Landing ship
|Type:||Landing ship (LST-1)|
|Completed||1942 - Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth VA|
|Owner||United States Navy|
|Date of attack||22 Jun 1943||Nationality: American|
|Fate||A total loss by U-593 (Gerd Kelbling)|
|Position||36° 59'N, 4° 01'E - Grid CH 9546|
|Complement||288 officers and men (25 dead and 263 survivors).|
|Route||Arzew, Algeria - Bizerte, Tunisia|
|Cargo||Landing pontoons and troops|
|History||Laid down on 17 Jul 1942|
launched on 15 Oct 1942
commissioned on 20 Nov 1942
|Notes on event|
At 21.31 hours on 22 June 1943, U-593 fired a spread of four torpedoes at the convoy Elastic about eight miles northeast of Cape Corbelin and hit the USS LST-333 and USS LST-387 with one torpedo each. The first was beached and declared a total loss, while the latter was towed to Dellys and later repaired. The torpedoeing of these two ships hampers the training for the forthcoming invasion of Sicily (Operation Husky).
The USS LST-333 was struck by the torpedo on the starboard side in the stern. The explosion demolished the stern section, carried away the screws and rudder and stopped the engines. About 20 minutes after the hit, the landing crafts USS LCT-244 and USS LCT-19 took the landing ship in tow and proceeded slowly towards the beach. After one hour, the submarine chaser USS SC-503 came alongside and took off 32 injured crew members and 24 injured passengers and brought them to Algiers. After five hours of towing, the stern of the landing craft came aground near Dellys. The crew and passengers were taken off by the landing craft and brought to Dellys. The USS LST-333 later sank during a salvage attempt on 6 July.
|On board||We have details of 20 people who were on board.|
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