HMS LST 301 (LST 301)
Tank landing ship of the LST (Mk 2) class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Type||Tank landing ship|
|Class||LST (Mk 2)|
|Built by||Boston Navy Yard (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||26 Jun 1942|
|Launched||15 Sep 1942|
|Commissioned||14 Nov 1942|
|End service||20 Mar 1946|
Decommissioned and returned to the USN on 20 March 1946.
|Former name||USS LST 301|
Commands listed for HMS LST 301 (LST 301)
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|1||A/Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) Ronald Frederick Hoyle, RNR||Apr 1943||20 Jan 1945|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Thomas Edward Williams, DSC, RD, RNR||20 Jan 1945||3 May 1945|
|3||T/A/Lt.Cdr. John Bernard McReynolds, DSC, RNR||3 May 1945||Oct 1945|
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Notable events involving LST 301 include:
20 Jun 1943
Convoy KMS 18A.
This convoy departed the Cylde on 20 June 1943.
It was made up of the following tank landing ships; LST 301 (A/Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) R.F. Hoyle, RNR), LST 305 (A/Lt.Cdr. R.M. Naylor, RNR), LST 319 (Cdr.(Retd.) J.G. Sutton, RN), LST 321 (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.H. Metcalfe, RNR), LST 365 (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.F. Halliday, RNR), LST 366 (A/Lt.Cdr. N. Hall, RNR), LST 406 (A/Lt.Cdr. H.J. Chaloner, RNR) and LST 424 (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Grandage, RNR).
The convoy was escorted by the sloops HMS Wellington (Cdr. G.A. Thring, DSO, RN), HMS Lowestoft (A/Cdr.(Retd.) L.H. Phillips, RN), HMS Gorleston (Cdr.(Retd.) R.W. Keymer, RN), frigates HMS Exe (A/Cdr. M.A.O. Biddulph, DSC, RN), HMS Ness (A/Cdr. T.G.P. Crick, DSC, RN) and the escort destroyer HMS Pytchley (Lt. R.H. Hodgkinson, RN).
LST 406 developed engine trouble and was detached to Londonderry.
Cover for part of the voyage was provided by the AA cruiser HMS Charybdis (Capt. G.A.W. Voelcker, RN).
The convoy arrived at Gibraltar on 29 June 1943.