Allied Warships

HMS LST 420 (LST 420)

Tank landing ship of the LST (Mk 2) class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeTank landing ship
ClassLST (Mk 2) 
PennantLST 420 
Built byBethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard Inc. (Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.) 
Ordered 
Laid down6 Nov 1942 
Launched5 Dec 1942 
Commissioned15 Feb 1943 
Lost7 Nov 1944 
History

Mined and sunk in the English Channel on 7 November 1944.

 
Former nameUSS LST 420

Commands listed for HMS LST 420 (LST 420)

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CommanderFromTo
1A/Lt.Cdr. Joseph Frank Twite, RNRJul 194320 Jul 1944
2T/A/Lt.Cdr. Douglas Harold Everett, RNR20 Jul 19447 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)

Sources

  1. Personal communication

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