They made the Ultimate Sacrifice


John Sydney Murphy


Lieutenant (P), RCN


Born: 28 Apr 1924, Ladner, British Columbia


Died: 17 Apr 1952 at sea


Book of Remembrance


MURPHY, John Sydney, Lt (P), RCN, killed - 17 Apr 1952, 880 Anti-Submarine Squadron (HMCS SHEARWATER) - Son of Joseph and Dorie Murphy of Vancouver Island, BC. Brother of Vincent, Patrick and Thomas Murphy.


Lieutenant Murphy was one of seven naval men who lost their lives, on the night of 17 April 1952, when two Avenger aircraft crashed into the sea off the southern coast of Nova Scotia. Based in Shearwater the aircraft were performing a search and strike exercise in poor visibility; it is believed the two Avengers collided before crashing. 


The seven seamen who perished in this accident were:

Lieutenant John Edward Peter ANDERSON

Lieutenant William James HUTCHINSON

Able Seaman William John Demy HUNTER

Lieutenant John Kingsford Herbert MASON

Able Seaman Douglas Sydney MOFFAT

Lieutenant John Sydney MURPHY

Sub-Lieutenant Phillip Joseph Albert PLOTKINS


Ships served in:

880 Anti-Submarine Squadron, RCN (HMCS SHEARWATER)




Articles on the deaths of the 7 aircrew


In Service of Canada - RCN Peacetime Casualty Index