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Tank Landing Ship
328' x 50' x 4" x 8' 3"
1 × 40mm
6 × 20mm guns
3 × 50 caliber MG
2 × 4" smoke mortars
2 × 50 ton derrick cranes
John Innes 2002
Justin Taylan 2003
Built in the Navy shipyard in Norfolk Naval Yard, Virginia. Laid down August 21, 1942 LST-1 Class Tank Landing Ship. Launched November 8, 1942 as USS LST-342. Commissioned December 31, 1942 with Lt Edward S. McCluskey in command.
On July 18, 1943 while in Blanche Channel off New Georgia spotted by Japanese submarine RO-106 and torpedoed at roughly Lat 9° 3' S Long 158° 11' E. The explosion broke the ship into two sections with the stern section sinking immediately while the bow remained afloat. The bow was towed to Purvis Bay (Tokio Bay) off Florida Island (Nggela Sule) and beached. Afterwards, usable equipment was salvaged then abandoned.
The bow section remains at Purvis Bay (Tokio Bay) off Florida Island (Nggela Sule). The bow and doors are above the waterline with "342" visible on the bow with traces of gray paint.
NARA "USS LST-342 - Torpedoing U.S.S. L.S.T. 342 - 0130 Love July 18, 1943" pages 1-10
NavSource USS LST 342
The Flying Kiwi - LST 342 (Tank Landing Ship 342)
Iron Bottom Sound
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