Ships hit by U-boats


USS LST-387

American Landing ship



NameUSS LST-387
Type:Landing ship (LST-1)
Tonnage1,625 tons
Completed1942 - Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co, Newport News VA 
OwnerUnited States Navy 
Homeport 
Date of attack22 Jun 1943Nationality:      American
 
FateDamaged by U-593 (Gerd Kelbling)
Position36° 59'N, 4° 01'E - Grid CH 9546
Complement241 officers and men (23 dead and 218 survivors).
ConvoyElastic
RouteArzew, Algeria - Bizerte, Tunisia 
CargoLanding pontoons and troops 
History Completed in November 1942

Post-war:
USS LST-387 was decommissioned on 2 May 1946 and sold for scrapping on 22 December 1947 to Northern Metals Co, Philadelphia PA. 
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 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).

USS LST-387 (Lt Curtis M. Rocca, USNR) was towed to Dellys by the landing craft USS LCT-294 and USS LCT-431. The vessel was subsequently towed to Bizerte, where she served as a receiving ship and floating workshop for the next 14 months and was eventually repaired at Palermo, returning to service in June 1945.

 
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Location of attack on USS LST-387.

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