American Landing ship
|Type:||Landing ship (LST-1)|
|Completed||1942 - Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co, Newport News VA|
|Owner||United States Navy|
|Date of attack||22 Jun 1943||Nationality: American|
|Fate||Damaged by U-593 (Gerd Kelbling)|
|Position||36.59N, 04.01E - Grid CH 9546|
|Complement||? men (? dead and ? survivors).|
|Route||Arzew, Algeria - Bizerte, Tunisia|
|Cargo||Landing pontoons and troops|
|History||Laid down on 20 Jun, 1942|
launched on 28 Sep, 1942
commissioned on 17 Nov, 1942
The USS LST-387 was decommissioned on 2 May 1946 and sold for scrapping on 22 Dec, 1947 to Northern Metals Co, Philadelphia PA.
|Notes on event|
At 21.31 hours on 22 Jun, 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-387 was towed to Dellys by the landing craft USS LCT-294 and USS LCT-431. The vessel was subsequently repaired and returned to service.
|On board||We have details of 22 people who were on board.|
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