Allied Warships

USS LST 417 (LST 417)

Tank landing ship of the LST (Mk 2) class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeTank landing ship
ClassLST (Mk 2) 
PennantLST 417 
Built byBethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard Inc. (Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A.) 
Ordered25 May 1942 
Laid down29 Oct 1942 
Launched24 Nov 1942 
End service 

Never commissioned into the United States Navy.
Transferred to the Royal Navy upon completion.
Returned to the USN on 31 May 1946.
Sold on 4 December 1947.

Career notesTo 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.

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