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LCT (Landing Craft, Tank) Mark-1 to Mark-5
Model featured: LCT-474 (Mark-5) transporting Sherman tanks
- circa June 6, 1944 (D-Day) -

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Sherman M4A1 tank
Model photographed was less than 2 1/2 inches long - scale 1:96

 



Comparison of LCT-1 to LCT-5 hull lengths


LCT Mark 1


LCT Mark 2


LCT Mark 3


LCT Mark 4



LCT Mark 5

 

 

LCT Mark-5, custom model
* without tanks or any other load *

Scale 1:96 / 14"
Price: $1599

1/3 deposit $533

Scale 1:80 / 17"
Price: $1899

1/3 deposit $633

Scale 1:60 / 23"
Price: $2199

1/3 deposit $733

We'll contact you for details after you order.

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LCT Mark-5, custom model
* with five Sherman tanks included *

Scale 1:96 / 14"
Price: $1899

1/3 deposit $633

Scale 1:80 / 17"
Price: $2199

1/3 deposit $733

Scale 1:60 / 23"
Price: $2499

1/3 deposit $833

We'll contact you for preferences after you order.

Fully assembled museum quality wooden desk-top display models custom built as to your designated circa including flagging and personalized brass plate.

Custom LCT Mark-5 with custom load
* limited to what the craft could actually carry *

Scale 1:96 / 14"
Price: $1899

1/3 deposit $633

Scale 1:80 / 17"
Price: $2199

1/3 deposit $733

Scale 1:60 / 23"
Price: $2499

1/3 deposit $833

We'll contact you  after ordering.

 

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The model featured is a Mark 5 LCT, which was an essential component of the amphibious assault in that it could transport tanks from a mother ship right up onto a beach. At a length of 114 feet and a beam of 33 feet, it displaced 286 short tons. This gave it the capacity to carry five 30 ton tanks, or four 40 ton tanks or three 50 ton tanks; or nine loaded trucks. Powered by three Gray Marine diesels applying 225 hp to each of the 3 shafts, it's top speed was only 8 knots. However, fully loaded, the draft at the bow was only 36 inches and at the screws just over 4 feet.

For stability at sea, water was pumped into the bilges. Then - as approaching the beach - the water was voided to raise the craft. At the same time an anchor on a cable was let loose several hundred yards from the beach. Then the craft was run right into the beach until she grounded. With the ramp lowered, the tanks usually never even got their treads wet.  As the cargo disembarked, the craft would rise and - with the assistance of a winch pulling on the anchor cable, the craft could usually extract itself off the beach... providing the operation was done quickly and not on an ebb tide.

Manned by a crew of one officer and 12 men, the craft was minimally armed with only two 20mm AA guns or two .50 caliber machine guns. Quite vulnerable to enemy fire, there were 500 Mark 5 LCTs built during World War II and nearly 10% of them were lost in action.

LCT-474 rescues nearly 200 aboard flaming ship
(adapted from the Philadelphia Bulletin, Nov 25, 1944)

It was D-Day plus three, at 4AM and the transport area off  Utah Beach had been zeroed in by German shore batteries. Thickening weather had reduced friendly  air cover and the captain of LCT-474, Lieutenant Joseph A. McFalls, stood on the bridge watching for enemy planes in the soup above. Suddenly a dive-bomber nosed down toward a Liberty ship and released a bomb that severed the stern. The crew of the LCT felt the blast and saw flames shoot 50 feet above the stricken vessel. McFalls knew the ship carried ammunition so he asked for volunteers to effect a rescue.  Ducking machine gun bullets from ashore, the crew gave their answer with action as they cast off. The Liberty ship was settling rapidly and burning fiercely as the LCT threaded its way through survivors blown from the decks. Shocked men aboard the Liberty ship could not respond immediately to help take the LCTs lines, so it was with difficulty that McFalls managed to tie his vessel alongside. Immediately he organized fire fighting and rescue crews, and put them aboard the flaming ship. The firefighters kept at the job for 8 hours and rescued 177 men from the Liberty ship before  shoving off - minutes before the Liberty ship blew up and settled to the bottom.

Lt. Joseph McFalls, now retired, wrote later about D-Day: "It is notable that LCT-474 was the first American ship to enter a French port. We mine swept the Port of Cherbourg while the American army was chasing the German defenders out from the landside. The inner harbor proved to be free of mines and we just tied up to the pier and waited for Cherbourg to be totally occupied by the American forces."

LCT-474 was involved in further rescues as the invasion progressed and the Navy's official news release on Utah Beach quoted that "LCT-474 acted with distinction during and after the invasion".

Mark 1 to Mark 5 comparison
  Mark 1 LCT Mark 2 LCT Mark 3 LCT Mark 4 LCT Mark 5 LCT
Length 152 ft 159 ft 11 in 192 ft 187 ft 3 in 114 ft 2 in
Beam 29 ft 30 ft 30 ft 38 ft 9 in 32 ft 8 in
Displacement* 372 tons full load 590 tons full load 640 tons full load 586 tons full load 286 tons full load
Draught forward 3 ft (landing) 3 ft 8 in (landing) 3 ft 10 in (landing) 3 ft 6 in (landing) 3 ft (landing)
Draught aft         4 ft (landing)
Load 250 tons (landing) 250 tons (landing) 300 tons (landing) 350 tons (landing) 150 tons (landing)
Engine Make Hall Scott Paxman or Napier Lion Paxman or Sterling Paxman Gray Marine
Horsepower / engine 350 450 or 350 460 460 225
# of engines and type 2 gasoline 3 2 diesels or 2 gasoline 2 diesels 3 diesels
# of props 2 3 2 2 3
Speed 10 knots 10 knots 9 knots 8 knots 7 knots
Range (miles) 900 miles 2,700 miles 2,700 miles 1,100 miles 700 miles
Crew 12 12 12 12 13
Armament**   2- 40mm 2- 40mm 2- 20mm  or 2- 40mm 2- 20mm AA
or 2 - 50 cal.
# built 30 (UK) 73 (UK) 235 (UK) 731 500

* In short tons (2000 lbs) maximum displacement
** Armament varied depending on theater of operation

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