USS LST 417 (LST 417)
Tank landing ship of the LST (Mk 2) class
|Navy||The US Navy|
|Type||Tank landing ship|
|Class||LST (Mk 2)|
|Built by||Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard Inc. (Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.)|
|Ordered||25 May 1942|
|Laid down||29 Oct 1942|
|Launched||24 Nov 1942|
Never commissioned into the United States Navy.
|Career notes||To the Royal Navy as LST 417|
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Notable events involving LST 417 include:
7 Sep 1943
Riding at anchor off Termini Imerese (Sicily), awaiting to sail in convoy FFS.2 for Operation Avalanche (the Salerno landings), she was torpedoed at 2125 hrs by an Italian S.79 VTB belonging to the 278th Sqn, 132nd Group, piloted by Fl.Lt. Vasco Pagliarusco, which had taken off from Littoria airfield, south of Rome.
The torpedo hit the port rudder, blowing off 8 metres of stern, the watertight doors were immediately closed and this saved her. Casualties were removed by LCI.288 and she was taken in tow by LCTs 115 and 306 and run onto the beach. She retracted successfully the following day and entered harbour to be unloaded. Repaired and recommissioned.
Info on the attacker's identity kindly provided by Mr. Francesco Mattesini of Rome, based on detailed archival research.