They made the Ultimate Sacrifice
BLAIN, Ronald George, AB, V22444, RCNVR, MPK - 08 Aug 1944, HMCS REGINA - Son of Mr. and Mrs. John Blain, of Toronto, Ontario.
Able Seaman Ronald George Blain was reported missing as a result of enemy action. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Blain of Prospect Street, Toronto. Able Seaman Blain, age 23 who joined HMCS REGINA six months ago. As soon as war was declared Ronald joined the RCNVR and went to sea in June 1940. He has been at sea in corvette convoy duty since that time. Born in Rugby, England, he came to Toronto with his parents in 1929. He was educated at Winchester Street public school. In the many times he has crossed the Atlantic Ocean he has seen his share of action but every ship he was on always got through safely.
AB Blain died when HMCS REGINA was torpedoed and sunk off Trevose Head, Cornwall, England by U-667 while she was aiding a merchant vessel in distress. Thirty of her crew were lost.
Ships served in:
TORONTO DIVISION RCNVR - Enlisted 11 Nov 1940. Commenced Active Service 01 May 1941 as an OS, RCNVR
HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 17 Jun 1941 as an OS, RCNVR
HMCS DAUPHIN - Served in DAUPHIN 31 Aug 1941 - 07 Sep 1941 as an OS, RCNVR
HMCS CHICOUTIMI - Served in CHICOUTIMI 08 Sep 1941 - 04 Aug 1942 as an OS and AB, RCNVR
* Rated AB 29 Jan 1942
HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 05 Aug 1942 as an AB, RCNVR
HMCS CORNWALLIS - Drafted to CORNWALLIS 07 Aug 1942 as an AB, RCNVR
HMCS MEDICINE HAT - Served in MEDICINE HAT 07 Oct 1942 - 20 Dec 1942 as an AB, RCNVR
HMCS PROTECTOR - Drafted to PROTECTOR 21 Dec 1942 as an AB, RCNVR
HMCS MEDICINE HAT - Served in MEDICINE HAT 31 Dec 1942 - 15 Feb 1943 as an AB, RCNVR
HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 16 Feb 1943 as an AB, RCNVR
HMCS MEDICINE HAT- Served in MEDICINE HAT 19 Feb 1943 - 30 Dec as an AB, RCNVR
HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 31 Dec 1943 as an AB, RCNVR
HMCS REGINA - Drafted to REGINA 12 Jan 1944 as an AB, RCNVR
(RB01) Record of Service
(RB02) Report of Death
(RB03-RB04) Letters to AB Blain's father