HMS LST 305 (LST 305)
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||24 Jul 1942|
|Launched||10 Oct 1942|
|Commissioned||7 Dec 1942|
|Lost||20 Feb 1944|
|Loss position||41° 14'N, 12° 31'E|
Torpedoed and sunk on 20 February 1944 by the German submarine U-230 off Anzio, Italy in position 41º14'N, 12º31'E.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the HMS LST 305|
|Former name||USS LST 305|
Commands listed for HMS LST 305 (LST 305)
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|1||A/Lt.Cdr. Ronald Maudslay Naylor, RNR||Apr 1943||20 Feb 1944|
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Notable events involving LST 305 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.
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