Built in the Navy shipyard in Norfolk Naval Yard, Virginia. Laid down August 21, 1942. Launched November 8, 1942. Commissioned December 31, 1942.
On July 18, 1943 LST-342 was in Blanche Channel off New Georgia hit by a torpedo fired by Japanese submarine RO-106 at roughly Lat 9° 3' S Long 158° 11' E. The explosion broke the ship into two halfs, the bow remained afloat and the stern section sank immediately.
The bow was towed to Purvis Bay (Tokio Bay) off Florida Island (Nggela Sule) and beached. Afterwards, useable equipment was salvaged then the bow was abandoned.
The bow section remains beached at Purvis Bay (Tokio Bay) off Florida Island (Nggela Sule). The bow and doors are exposed above the waterline with "342" visible on the bow and 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)
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January 10, 2018