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HMCS BAYFIELD J08

Former HMS BAYFIELD

 

HMCS Bayfield's

gunshield art

HMCS Bayfield J08

 

Laid down: 30 Dec 1940

Launched: 26 May 1941

Transferred to the RCN:

Commissioned: 26 Feb 1942

Paid off: 24 Sep 1945

Fate: Broken up in 1948

 

Named for the village of Bayfield, N.S., she was built at Vancouver for the RN but transferred to the RCN for manning, and commissioned on 26 Feb 1942. After working up, Bayfield joined Esquimalt Force in May 1942 but was transferred to Prince Rupert Force in Nov 1942, returning to Esquimalt in Mar 1943, for re-assignment to the east coast. She left Esquimalt on 18 Mar 1943, arriving at Halifax on 30 Apr 1943 and, after a major refit at Baltimore, Md., joined Halifax force until ordered to the U.K. for invasion duties. On 18 Feb 1944, with Georgian, Mulgrave and Thunder, she left Halifax for Plymouth via the Azores, arriving on 07 Mar 1944. Allocated to the 31st Minesweeping Flotilla on 07 Mar 1944, her CO, Lt, Pierce was the SO of the flotilla. She was present on D-Day, and she remained with Plymouth Command until paid off on 24 Sep 1945. Returned to the RN, she was placed in reserve at Sheerness until 1948, when she was broken up at Gateshead.

 

Commanding Officers

Lt Douglas Wharrie Main, RCNR - 26 Feb 1942 - 03 Nov 1942

Lt A.H. Gosse, RCNR - 04 Nov 1942 - 31 Dec 1942

Lt Douglas Wharrie Main, RCNR - 01 Jan 1943 - 19 Jan 1944

Lt Stanley Pierce, RCNR - 20 Jan 1944 - 15 Oct 1944

Lt J.C.K. McNaught, RCNVR - 16 Oct 1944 - 22 Dec 1944

Lt F.A. Cunningham, RCNVR - 23 Dec 1944 - 01 Sep 1945

Lt J.G. Kingsmill, RCNVR - 02 Sep 1945 - 24 Sep 1945

 

Captain for the day

 

Captain for the day is a tradition in the RCN where during the ship's Christmas celebrations, the Commanding Officer changes places with the youngest member of the ship's company.

Clayton, Sto 1c - 1944 

 

 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Appleby, F.

____-____

Served in Bayfield in 1944

 

 

 

 

C-D

Clark, William George

1923-2004

Served in Bayfield 13 Oct 1944 - 06 Jun 1945 as A/L/Tel and L/Tel

Cormier, Joseph P.

1923-2017

 

 

 

E-F

Fryer, J. Douglas

1921-1990

 

 

 

 

G-H

Gillespie, Charles Nevin

1925-2007

Heffer, Clifford Waldo

1920-2007

Hogan, James Arthur

1924-1997

 

 

I-J

Isaac, Clifford Howard

1923 - 2002

Was on Bayfield during the D-Day landings

 

 

 

 

K-L

Lynch, Donald

1920-2002

 

 

 

 

O-P

Optiz, William John

1924-2016

Served on Bayfield in 1944-1945 as a L/Sto, RCNVR

Patterson, Henry W.

1919-2016

 

 

 

Q-R

Rashbrook, Gerald W.

1924-2009

Richardson, Stanley

1923-2007

Roy, Donald Kean

____-2006

 

 

S-T

Thomas, John Clement Dean

1921-1983

Served in Bayfield 16 Mar 1943 - 21 Jul 1945 as Coder, RCNVR

 

 

 

 

W-X

Walker, William Frederick

1922-2016

 

 

 

 

Y-Z

Yeldon, Jim

____-____

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Aitchison, R

 

Arter, Donald McKay, A/Wt (E), RCNR - 18 May 1943

 

Berube, Joseph Benoit Aurele, Lt, RCNVR - 25 Jun 1943


Brochu, A., Sto 1c, RCNVR - Aug 1944

 

Buckley, J.

 

Burgess, Gerald Francis, Ch/Skpr, RCNR - 01 Feb 1944

 

Capper, John Alexander, Slt, RCNVR - 12 Jul 1943

 

Clayton, Sto 1c - 1944 - 1945

 

Dodds, H., AB, RCNVR - Aug 1944

 

Fraser, Frank Lester, Sto 2c - Jul 1945 (Crew photo)

 

Gregoire, M., Cox'n

 

Grundy, Harry Thomas, Slt, RCNVR - 26 Feb 1942


Gundry-White, F., L/Tel, RCNVR - Aug 1944


Hamilton, G., Sig, RCNVR - Aug 1944

 

Heyes, Frederick Anthony, DSC, War/Mech, RN - 14 Feb 1942 / Wt/Mech - 26 Feb 1942

Higgins, (??), Seaman

 

Holder, Gordon Githrier Keith, Lt, RCNVR - 26 Feb 42


Iannone, L., AB, RCNVR - Aug 1944

 

Mahoney, Richard Alexander, Lt, RCNVR - 18 Feb 1944

 

Maynard, Murray Renoug, LT(E), RCNVR - 28 Jan 1944

 

McKee, Walter Albert, Slt, RCNVR - 09 May 1942


Nazar, F., Sto 1c, RCNVR - Aug 1944

 

Ostennud, Ossie

 

Patterson, Henry Winthrop, Slt, RCNVR - 27 Apr 1942

 

Plasky, Mike, Seaman

 

Rikstad, C., LS, RCNVR - Aug 1944

 

Rimmer, D., L/S.A., RCNVR - Aug 1944

 

Robitaille, Jean Paul, Slt, RCNVR - 26 Feb 1942

 

Rose, E., Seaman

Rowsell, B., Seaman


Ruyman, A., Tel, RCNVR - Aug 1944

 

Saunders, G. Seaman

 

Sanderson, Adrian Bruce, Lt, RCNVR - 31 Jul 1942

 

Schultz, B., Seaman


Scott, A., CERA, RCNVR - Aug 1944

 

Scott, David Mahood, Lt, RCNVR - 18 May 1943

 

Thorpe, Jack 


Tonnellier, S., Sig, RCNVR - Aug 1944

 

Wahl, M., Seaman

 

Walker, W.

 

Whitaker, Terry, AB

 

Wilson, B.


Wilson, R., OS, RCNVR - Aug 1944

 

Wozny, A.


Yasek, F., LS, RCNVR - Aug 1944

 

Links

Personal photo gallery for James Arthur Hogan

Personal photo gallery for John Thomas, DSM

Personal photo gallery of William (Bill) George Clark

Remembering to forget

Ship's company photos for HMCS Bayfield

 

Photos and Documents (below)

 

HMCS Bayfield J08

From the collection of William George Clark

Courtesy of Suzanne Clark

HMCS Bayfield J08 in the English Channel

From the collection of William George Clark

Courtesy of Suzanne Clark

HMCS Bayfield J08 in the English Channel

From the collection of William George Clark

Courtesy of Suzanne Clark

HMCS Bayfield J08 in the English Channel

From the collection of John Thomas, DSM

Courtesy of Rick Thomas

At work on HMCS Bayfield J08

From the collection of William George Clark

Courtesy of Suzanne Clark

HMCS Bayfield J08 - aft looking forward

From the collection of William George Clark

Courtesy of Suzanne Clark

AB Wilson in front of gun mount on HMCS Bayfield J08

Note the "Little Joe" gunshield art

From the collection of William George Clark

Courtesy of Suzanne Clark

AB Terry Whitaker in front of gun mount on HMCS Bayfield J08

Note the "Little Joe" gunshield art

From the collection of William George Clark

Courtesy of Suzanne Clark

HMCS Bayfield J08 off the French coast

From the collection of William George Clark

Courtesy of Suzanne Clark

Heavy seas wash over the depth charge throwers on HMCS Bayfield J08

From the collection of William George Clark

Courtesy of Suzanne Clark

Looking aft from the crowsnest on HMCS Bayfield J08

From the collection of William George Clark

Courtesy of Suzanne Clark

Depth charge from HMCS Bayfield J08 exploding

From the collection of William George Clark

Courtesy of Suzanne Clark

Radio shack on HMCS Bayfield J08

From the collection of William George Clark

Courtesy of Suzanne Clark

Photos of other ships taken from HMCS Bayfield J08

 

                    

 

Left to right:  (1) Troopship Queen Elizabeth  (2) HMS Hart at Plymouth  (3)  HMS Plucky  (4) HMS Queen of Thanet  (5) USN battleship in the Mediterranean  (6) HMCS Iroquois at Plymouth, Dec 1944  (7) Canadian Minesweepers at Plymouth, Jan 1945  (8) HMS Revenge at Plymouth, Jan 1945

 

From the collection of William George Clark

Courtesy of Suzanne Clark

The Azores as seen from HMCS Bayfield J08, Nov 1944

From the collection of William George Clark

Courtesy of Suzanne Clark

Sailors (and one WREN) on HMCS Bayfield J08, Christmas Day 1944

Captain for the Day - Sto 1c Clayton, HMCS Bayfield J08, Christmas Day 1944

Men of Minesweepers Feel Lucky to Be Alive

Newspaper article from the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, Monday, 14 Aug 1944

From the collection Clifford Isaac

Courtesy of Laureen Duerksen

Lt. Cunningham's thank you letter to the Bayfield's crew for his departing gift and their friendship

From the collection Clifford Isaac

Courtesy of Laureen Duerksen

HMCS Bayfield Christmas card

From the collection Clifford Isaac

Courtesy of Laureen Duerksen

Unknown HMCS Bayfield crew member

From the collection Clifford Isaac

Courtesy of Laureen Duerksen

Unknown HMCS Bayfield crew member

From the collection Clifford Isaac

Courtesy of Laureen Duerksen

"Navy Buddies"

Unknown HMCS Bayfield crew members

From the collection Clifford Isaac

Courtesy of Laureen Duerksen

James Arthur Hogan, ASDIC Operator on HMCS Bayfield, circa 1944

From the collection of James Hogan

Courtesy of Eileen St. Coeur

A few shipmates on HMCS Bayfield

(L-R) G. Saunders, Montreal; M. Gregoire (Cox'n), Niagara Falls; Heiffer, Moncton, NB;  M. Plasky, Ft Williams, Ont

Note the artwork on the front of the gun shield

From the collection of James Hogan

Courtesy of Eileen St. Coeur

 

Webmaster's Note: Heiffer's surname is actually Heffer

Blue Watch

Seamen Mike Plasky and Ossie Ostennud on HMCS Bayfield

From the collection of James Hogan

Courtesy of Eileen St. Coeur

Seaman Ossie Ostennud

From the collection of James Hogan

Courtesy of Eileen St. Coeur

Sailors on HMCS Bayfield

Back row (L-R) R. Aitchison, Toronto, Ont;  E. Rose, Sault Ste Marie;  A. Wozny, Vancouver;  B. Wilson, Saskatoon;  J. Buckley, Toronto

Front row (L-R)  W. Walker, St. John, NB, M. Gregoire, Niagara Falls;  G. Saunders, Montreal

From the collection of James Hogan

Courtesy of Eileen St. Coeur

James Hogan on HMCS Bayfield

From the collection of James Hogan

Courtesy of Eileen St. Coeur

 

Webmaster's note: not sure what is happening in this photo, charged fire hose, coils of rope and boxes laying about. Its enough to send the buffer into a fit of rage.

Sailors on HMCS Bayfield (all seamen!)

Back row (L-R) B. Schultz, Chalk River, BC; Higgins, Vancouver, BC;  G. Saunders, Montreal;  E. Rose, Sault St. Marie;  M. Wahl, Whitehorse, Yukon

Front row (L-R)  M. Gregoire, Niagara Falls; B. Rowsell, Harrington Harbour, Quebec

From the collection of James Hogan

Courtesy of Eileen St. Coeur

Mike Plasky, B. J. Buckley, James Hogan on HMCS Bayfield

From the collection of James Hogan

Courtesy of Eileen St. Coeur

HMCS Bayfield J08

From the collection Clifford Isaac

Courtesy of Laureen Duerksen

Unknown sailor with mascot on HMCS Bayfield J08

From the collection of Jim Yeldon

Courtesy of Kyle Scott

Unknown sailor on HMCS Bayfield J08

From the collection of John Thomas, DSM

Courtesy of Rick Thomas

 

 

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