American Landing ship
|Type:||Landing ship (LST-1)|
|Completed||1943 - Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia PA|
|Owner||United States Navy|
|Date of attack||27 Aug 1944||Nationality: American|
|Fate||A total loss by U-92 (Wilhelm Brauel)|
|Position||Grid BF 3189|
|Complement||100 officers and men (22 dead and 78 survivors).|
|Route||Cherbourg - Southampton|
|History||Laid down on 12 Nov, 1942|
launched on 11 Feb, 1943
commissioned on 5 Mar, 1943
The US Coast Guard manned USS LST-327 participated in the following landings: North Africa, Sicily, Salerno, Anzio-Nettuno and Normandy. The vessel earned five battle stars for her World War 2 service.
|Notes on loss|
At 20.01 hours on 27 Aug, 1944, the USS LST-327 in a convoy of landing craft was severely damaged by an Gnat from U-92 in the English Channel. The torpedo struck near the screws and detonated the munitions locker, directly over the twin screws. The resulting explosion destroyed the crew´s quarter, killed 22 men and seriously wounded 26 others. The survivors were picked up by USS LST-346 and the vessel was towed to Plymouth, where she remained for six months. After the war the ship was towed to Norfolk, Virginia and decommissioned on 19 Nov, 1945. On 15 Sep, 1948 she was sold for scrapping to the Sun Shipbuilding and Drydock Co, Chester PA.
* Estimated position shown here is based on positions of losses in a roughly the same German grid code. It may be a bit off but should give a good idea as to where the attack took place.
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