HMS LST 420 (LST 420)
Tank landing ship of the LST (Mk 2) class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Type||Tank landing ship|
|Class||LST (Mk 2)|
|Built by||Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard Inc. (Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||6 Nov 1942|
|Launched||5 Dec 1942|
|Commissioned||15 Feb 1943|
|Lost||7 Nov 1944|
Mined and sunk in the English Channel on 7 November 1944.
|Former name||USS LST 420|
Commands listed for HMS LST 420 (LST 420)
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|1||A/Lt.Cdr. Joseph Frank Twite, RNR||Jul 1943||20 Jul 1944|
|2||T/A/Lt.Cdr. Douglas Harold Everett, RNR||20 Jul 1944||7 Nov 1944 (+)|
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Notable events involving LST 420 include:
The Landing Craft LST-420 left Dover on 7 November with a party of airmen, trucks and supplies for RAF personnel in Belgium. It was unable to enter the port of Ostend because of a severe storm and the captain decided to return to England. The ship was still within sight of Ostend when it hit and mine and sank. 14 officers and 224 other ranks were lost. 31 were saved. It was the greatest loss of lives on a British landing craft during the war. Above the wreck today is a marker buoy "LST 420." (Copied from 'theygavetheirtoday.com) (1)
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