HMS LST 424 (LST 424)
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||17 Nov 1942|
|Launched||12 Dec 1942|
|Commissioned||1 Feb 1943|
|End service||7 Jan 1946|
Decommissioned and returned to the USN on 7 January 1946.
|Former name||USS LST 424|
Commands listed for HMS LST 424 (LST 424)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. George Raymond Grandage, RNR||Jun 1943||Sep 1943|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Harold Robert Austin King, RNR||Sep 1943||Dec 1943|
|3||A/Lt.Cdr. James Maddock Roche, RNR||Dec 1943||early 1945|
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Notable events involving LST 424 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.