For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE CVL 22

 

 

NOT FOR US ALONE

HMCS Bonaventure - DND/RCN photo

 

Battle honours and awards

 

Lowestoff  1665,   Four days Battle  1666,   Orfordness  1666,   Sole bay  1672

Schooneveld  1673,   Texel  1673,   Barfleur  1892,   Malta Convoys  1941

 

 

Laid Down: 27 Nov 1943

Launched: 27 Feb 1945

Commissioned: 17 Jan 1957

Paid off: 01 Jul 1970

 

Built by Harland & Wolff Ltd., Belfast, Ireland, she was originally laid down as HMS Powerful. Construction on her had been suspended in 1946, but was restarted on 15 Jul 1952 and she was renamed HMCS Bonaventure after the bird sanctuary in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Work on this ship had stopped three months after her launching in Feb 1945, with the result that when construction resumed in 1952, improvements could be built into her. The most notable of these was the angled flight deck, which provided a longer landing run without sacrificing forward parking space, and permitted the removal of the unpopular crash barrier. Also noteworthy were a steam catapult and a mirror landing sight, the latter going far toward eliminating human error in landing. "Bonnie" was commissioned at Belfast on 17 Jan 1957, and arrived at Halifax on 26 Jun 1957, carrying on deck an experimental hydrofoil craft that was to serve in the development of HMCS Bras d'Or. Unlike her predecessors, Bonaventure had Banshee jet fighters and Tracker A/S aircraft as her complement. Like them, she enjoyed a busy career of flying training and participating in A/S and tactical exercises with ships of other NATO nations. In the summer of 1963, while exercising in the North Atlantic, HMCS Bonaventure was conducting a RAS with HMCS Athabaskan 219. During the RAS, the two ships collided. The Bonaventure, which suffered minor damage, proceeded to Invergordon, Scotland for repairs, while the Athabaskan, more seriously damaged, proceeded to the closest port, Belfast, Northern Ireland, for temporary repairs. In Oct 1963, Bonaventure, Algonquin, Cayuga, Micmac and Saskatchewan took part in a NATO exercise in which all participating ships were battered by a severe North Atlantic storm. (Click here to see the newspaper article) What was expected to be her mid-life-refit, carried out from 1966 to 1967, took 16 months and cost over 11 million. On 01 Dec 1967, while operating in the North Atlantic, Sea King 4002 off HMCS Bonaventure, crashed into the Atlantic. While the two pilots were ejected on impact and survived, 2 air crew died. On 03 Dec 1969, during the ship’s decommissioning cruise, the aviation fuel tanks (AVGAS) on HMCS Bonaventure were required to be emptied and cleaned. Tragically, one fuel tank did not vent properly, and the first two sailors who entered the fuel tank were overcome by deadly fumes. A second pair of sailors lost their lives during the rescue attempt. Only 3 years after her mid-life refit, she was incomprehensibly paid off on 01 July 1970, and sold for scrap.

 

 

Ship's company photos          Photos and Documents          Bonnie's Storm          Carrier Air Traffic Control Procedures - HMCS Bonaventure

 

Crash of Sea King Helicopter CHSS-12402          The Invisible Giant - The Bonaventure

 

Commanding Officers

Capt. Harold Victor William Groos, RCN - 17 Jan 1957 - 14 Jan 1958

Capt. William Moss Landymore, OBE, RCN - 15 Jan 1958 - 11 Sep 1959

Capt. J.C. O'Brien, RCN - 12 Sep 1959 - 29 Aug 1961

Capt. Frederick Charsley Frewer, RCN - 30 Aug 1961 - 06 Aug 1963

Capt. R.W. Timbrell, DSC, RCN - 07 Aug 1963 - 01 Apr 1965

Capt. Henry Allan Porter, RCN - 02 Apr 1965 - 31 July 1966

Cdr. A.T. Bice, RCN - 01 Aug 1966 - 20 Nov 1966

Capt. R.H. Falls, RCN - 21 Nov 1966 - 08 Apr 1969

Capt. James Mortimer Cutts - 09 Apr 1969 - 08 Jan 1970

Cdr. Henry William (Hank) Vondette - 09 Jan 1970 - 01 Jul 1970

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

BELL-IRVING, Brian

LCdr, O-5867, 871 SQN, RCN

killed - 04 Mar 1958 

BOULTER, John Elvin

AB

died - 03 Dec 1969 

DAUGHARTY, George Boyd

Lt, O-18025, 880 A/S SQN, RCN

killed - 02 Apr 1959 

HENDERSON, Edward Ingram

LS, N-16504, RCN

died - 13 Dec 1960 

KNOX, John Charles

CD, LCdr

died - 22 Mar 1966 

LOGAN, Gary Edward

Slt, O-42561, 880 A/S SQN, RCN

killed - 02 Apr 1959 

MANDER, Douglas Norman

CD, PO1, N27250, RCN

killed - 01 Dec 1967 

HS-50 Helicopter A/S SQN

MORRELL, Gordon Hayes

LS

died - 03 Dec 1969 

PATTERSON, Donald Raymond

CD, LS

died - 03 Dec 1969 

QUINN, William John

CD, PO1

died - 10 Aug 1967 

SLASOR, Robert Henry

CD, CPO2, 22718-H, RCN

died - 31 Oct 1965 

SWIM, Gary Lee

LS

died - 03 Dec 1969 

TULLY, Claire Gordon

CD, Commissioned Officer, 074294, RCN

killed - 01 Dec 1967 

HS-50 Helicopter A/S SQN

VOCZKO, Larry Adam

Lt

died - 25 Aug 1962 

 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A

Adam, James Blackwood

____-2008

Adamski, Stanley Walter

1926-2015

Addison, Herbert Thomas

1928-2002

Allen, Weldon Warren

1922-2015

Appleford, Laurence

1940-2009

Arnold, John Martin

1933-2014

Served in Bonaventure, VF-871 Sqn 1958 - 1959 as Lt, RCN

Arnold, Kingsley Bernard

____-2002

Served in Bonaventure in 1959 with VS 880 SQN as Slt (P) (SSA), RCN 

Arsenault, Vilbon

____-2009

Arthur, Robert Harold

1925-2013

Ash, Eldon Joseph

1931-2015

Ayer, Gardner

1939-2015

Ayotte, Jean-Paul

____-2005

B

Baldwin, Conrad Walter

1931-2016

Bardeau, Eugene Charles Marshall

1940-2012

Barker, James H.

1930-2005

Beaver, Kenneth

1928-2014

Bédard, Cécilien

1937-2013

Served in Bonaventure as an LSET2

Beecher, Scott Eaton

____-2102

Bell, Richard

1942-2015

Bellemare, Gérard

1931-2015

Benjamin, Carman Luther

____-2001

Served in Bonaventure as a C2CK

Berry, Peter Cushing

1923-2006

Biggs, Leonard Walter

____-2015

Birchall, Kenneth Gorman

1940-2017

Black, Edward

____-2010

Blake, William Frank

1941-2006

Bolt, George Miller

____-2012

Served in Bonaventure in 1957 as Lt (E), RCN

Bone, Richard Melbourne

1930-2013

Bourque, Donald Joseph

____-2008

Boutin, Jean Claude Germain

1931-2016

Bowen, Wayne L.

1945-2012

Bowman, Donavin Bernhard

1940-2014

Served in Bonaventure May 1965 - Jan 1969

Bradford, Wayne

1935-2012

Briard, Kerry Philip

1934-2014

Bridgman, Arthur Graham

1917-2004

Brosh, James Robert

1942-2017

Brown, Walter Kenneth

____-2016

Bruce, William Ernest

____-2007

Brushett, Gerald

1926-2017

Bryden, Ronald Joseph

____-2011

Served in Bonaventure in the late 1960s as a stoker

Bull, William F.

1934-2016

Burke, Patrick James

____-2014

Butts, Thomas Howard

1927-2003

 

 

 

 

C

Cairney, John Dorrian

1929-2010

Cameron, John Edward Ingham

1939-2011

Cardiff, William

1936-2013

Carter, Fred Tilley

1939-2013

Cassidy, Charles Homer

1933-2016

Cassidy, Gerald

____-2017

Caudle, Douglas A.

1928-2016

Chamberlain, Allan Howard

1931-2010

Served in Bonaventure 1967-1969 as an Electrician

Chambers, Ronald Joseph

____-2004

Chase, George William

1938-2018

Churchill, Michael Fraser

____-2012

 

 

 

 

Clark, Donald Stanley

____-1963

Served in Bonaventure as Lt (P) (SSA), RCN as a pilot in VS-881 and in 1959 as Operations Watchkeeper

Clark, F. Gordon

1932-2016

Coady, Francis Earl Matthew

____-2004

Conroy, Francis David

1932-2017

Cook, Geoffrey Robert

1942-2010

Cooper, David Brian

____-2006

 

Cooper, Ronald Ellwood

1942-2013

Cormack, Bruce

____-2014

Cory, David Frederick

1930-2012

Coughlan, John

____-2015

Crowley, Michael Joseph Patrick

1929-2015

Served in Bonaventure 1967-1969 as Senior Electrical Officer

Culligan, Joseph Robert

____-2007

Curry, Donald George

____-2014

 

 

D

Daly, Brendan George

1932-2013

Commissioning crew

Davis, Douglas

1927-2017

Dawson, Eric Jardine

1925-2006

Served in Bonaventure 1966-1967 as Cdr (E), RCN

Day, Kenneth Arthur Montgomery

1926-2015

Dayton, Francis James

1924-2013

Denomey, David Raymond E.

1940-2017

Deveaux, Joseph Eugene

1926-2013

de Ste. Croix, Dennis John

1923-2006

Deiter, Clayton Lloyd

1943-2014

Dixon, Lancelot George

____-2014

Doucette, Raymond Joseph Frank

1931-2016

Doyle, Adrian Francis

1941-2015

Dubois, Bernard

____-2009

Dwviniczuk, George

1932-2015

 

E-F

Ebner, Ernest Fredrick

____-2013

Eddy, Keith Malcolm

1935-2011

Edgar, Eric Gordon

____-2014

Edwards, James Richard

____-2009

Edwards, Murray Hilton

1927-2011

Edwards, Ralph William

1919-2017

Egerton, Alfred William Gould

1932-2017

Ellis, Raymond Thomas

____-2011

English, Kenneth Thomas

____-2013

Fallen, Edward A.

____-2002

Falls, Robert Hilborn

1924-2009

Served in Bonaventure in 1958 as LCdr, in 1961 as Commander Air

8th Commanding Officer

Fane, Peter Edward

1925-2013

Served in Bonaventure in 1963-1965 as Commissary Officer and NPF Officer

Filsinger, Wilfred L.G.

1938-2016

Fitzpatrick, Maurice Arthur

1932-2012

Flanagan, Leonard George

1931-2013

Fleming, George C.

1936-2016

Fletcher, Doug

____-2018

Served in Bonaventure 1963 - 1964

Forman, George Edward

1931-2014

Forster, Edward Ralph

____-2008

Foster, Gordon Douglas

1927-2015

Foster, Kenneth Sinclair

1934-2010

Fotheringham, James Brant

1921-2013

Served in Bonaventure in 1957 as Cdr (P), RCN, Commander Air

Fox, Alexander Edward

1925-2001

Served in Bonaventure in 1967 as Cdr, RCN, XO

Fraser, James

1933-2016

Served in Bonaventure as Surg-Lt

Frank, John Frederick

1925-2017

Fraser, Peter Archibald

1941-2014

Frewer, Frederick Charsley

1922-2004

 

 

 

G

Gallant, Ronald E.

1940-2009

Gerard, Joseph Alponse Gautreau

1940-2008

Gerrior, Marshall James

1927-2004

Gervais, John

1936-2013

Gibbs, Kenneth Lyle

1924-2001

Gillespie, Alexander William

____-2014

Gillespie, Gordon Duncan

1924-2015

Gould, Norman Albert

1926-2014

Graham, William O.

1933-2015

Gray, Gordon Campbell

____-2018

Green, Robert Joseph

1938-2009

Greenwood, Harold Morris

____-2014

Greenwood, Joseph Carl

1939-2013

Served in Bonaventure as a PO2 Electrician

Greer, Gerald Eugene

____-2016

Grentz, Reginald John

1928-2017

Groos, Harold Victor William

1912-1987

1st Commanding Officer

Guest, Victor

1924-2008

Guthrie, Kenneth L.

____-2008

 

 

Ha-He

Haffen, John Bramwell

1943-2018

Hagerty, Bernard I.

1926-2015

Halliday, Richard George

____-2016

Served in Bonaventure as a P2ST

Halvorsen, Frederick A.

1946-2005

Served in Bonaventure circa 1963-1965 as an OS Firefighter 

Hamilton, Ian Barr

1937-2015

Hamilton, Robert Alexander

____-2011

Hardy, Donald Henry

1928-2010

Harper, Irvine Lyle

1928-1997

Harris, Kenneth Harry

____-2016

Harvey, William Ross

1947-2017

Harwood, John

1932-2018

Hatfield, Sinclair

1932-2016

Hayes,Guilford Roscoe

____-2008

Heinsma, Stanley

1942-2018

Helps, George Elgin

1933-1994

Henbrey, John Eldon

1923-2018

Henderson, Leslie F.M.

1924-2010

 

 

 

Hi-Hz

Higgs, Ralph Wilson

____-2010

Served in Bonaventure 1955-1960

Hill, Donald James

1934-2012

Hill, Edwin Byard

____-2008

Hilliard, Geoffrey Strickland

____-1972

Served in Bonaventure in 1959 in VS-880 SQN

Hillier, Charles Henry

____-1994

Hoeg, Richard

1944-2011

Hoffman, Herman E.

____-1995

Served in Bonaventure Jan 1965 - Jan 1966 as an ET

Horvath, Joseph

1926-2013

Hoskins, William Birnie

1941-2009

Howard, Eugene Cleveland

1934-2015

Howie, William Lovell

1931-2011

Hughes, Donald Clarence

____-1999

Hughes, Robin Laughlin

____-2018

Served in Bonaventure in 1967 as CO VS-880 SQN

Hughson, Charles Roy

1942-2015

Hunter, Donald Fraser

1926-2006

Hunter, Hubert James

1920-2011

Hynes, Charles C.

____-1995

 

 

 

I-J

Inch, George Donald

1926-2011

Ireland, Hugh Douglas

____-2008

Janusas, Edmund Alexander

____-2016

Jellett, John David

1926-2016

Jenkins, Donald

1928-2015

Jenson, George Andrew

1923-2017

Jones, David B.

1937-____

Jones, Donald Stephenson

1924-2015

Served in Bonaventure in 1967 as Cdr, RCN, Engineering Officer

 

 

K

Kaiser, William John

____-2006

Kearney, Joseph Patrick

1935-2012

Keeler, Anthony P.

1931-2016

Kenny, Philip Leslie

1946-2011

Kimber, Thomas Ralph

1944-2017

King, Herbert Frederick

1928-2014

Kinney, Leilen Perley

1939-2008

Kirwin, James Terrance

1941-2010

Kitchin, James

1927-2007

Kostal, Joseph Wilfred

1935-2014

Kozak, Leonard Frederick

1940-2016

Kublek, Charlie

1943-2017

 

 

 

L

L'Heureux, Edward Joseph

1929-2013

Served in Bonaventure in 1958 as Lt (S), (SSA), Supply Officer

Laforme, George Richard

1942-2016

Laming, Carl D.

1932-2018

Landymore, William Moss

1916-2008

Langman, Donald George

1929-2017

LaRamée, Laurent Guy

1917-2011

LaRose, Denton

____-2017

LaRush, William David

____-2013

Leal, Ernest Reginald

1937-2009

Leblanc, Julien

1941-2002

Laverty, George

1930-2018

Served in Bonaventure c1957-60 as a Midshipman, RCN for training

Lecky, David John

____-2005

Lees, Joseph Clifford

1937-2007

Served in Bonaventure 02 May 1961 - 12 Sep 1962

Leir, Richard Hugh

1921-2015

Leslie, Duncan Ewing

____-2010

Leonard, Norman Joseph

1930-2016

 Ley, Charles Thomas

1935-2006

Served in Bonaventure 04 Mar 1959 - 19 Jun 1959, 06 Jan 1961 - 31 Jul 1961 and Jan 1968 - Apr 1968

Lilly, John Wesley

1933-2017

Lofgren, Harry

1934-2016

Lourme, Ernest Patrick

1929-2013

Lowe, John Douglas

1919-2009

Served in Bonaventure in 1965 as CO HS-50 SQ

 

 

 

 

Ma

Mabb, Larry Thomas

____-2012

Served in Bonaventure in 1959

MacAlpine, Gerald Angus

1937-2013

MacDonald, Joseph Patrick

1942-2012

Mace, Ronald Thomas

____-2018

MacGillivray, Darroch N.

1934-2003

MacKay, Donald Angus

1926-2017

MacLean, Owen K,

1933-2015

MacLeod, John Trites

1935-2014

MacNeil, Gregory J.

____-1998

MacNeil, Steven Francis

1929-2017

Mageau,  Gilbert Emile

1940-2006

Maloney, Gerald James

1930-2015

Manning, Vivian Clarence

1933-2017

Marcotte, Grant William

1934-2006

Marlow, Russell Bruce

____-2009

Martin, Francis Joseph

____-2015

Martin, Sidney Joseph

1937-2013

Mayhew, Milton Matthew

1934-2015

Mayne, John

1940-2006

Mayo, Mark William

1923-2011

Mc-Mi

McCall, Thomas Joseph Keith

____-2005

McCormack, Roy

1925-2012

McCue, George A.

____-1993

McCulley, Stanley James

1943-2018

McCulloch, Paul Lancelot Steele

1927-2009

McGowan, Stewart Edwin

1938-2014

McGrath, Gerald Melvin

1938-2009

McInnis, Lloyd Hector

1926-2996

McKechnie, William Jordan

1927-2013

McLachlan, Terrance

____-2002

McPhee, Arthur David

1919-2006

McQueen, Sherwood

1933-2010

Meyers, Ronald

1937-2016

Milhomme, Léandre Laurent Joseph

1936-2017

Miller, Eugene Vernon

____-2008

Mitchell, Bert Amos

1943-2012

 

 

 

 

Mo-Mu

Moffat, William John Bingham

1934-2001

Mooney, Gerald Daniel Joseph

1927-2005

Morris, Arthur

____-2018

Morrison, Ivan

____-2017

Mowat, Robert Alexander Laird

1950-2009

Murphy, Daniel James

1929-2016

Murphy, Vincent John

1923-2011

Murphy, William Alvin

1932-2014

Murray, Sherman Edwin

1934-2016

 

N

Newton, John Douglas

____-2017

Served in Bonaventure as the last Chief Bosn's Mate

 

 

 

 

O

O'Brien, Jack Lennis

1926-2015

O'Brien, John Charles

1918-1996

3rd Commanding Officer

O'Hara, Robert

1941-2016

Served in Bonaventure in 1968 as a cook

O'Neill, John Dennis

1928-2017

O'Quinn, Michael Thomas

1927-2017

Oivanen, Gary Lawrence

1934-2013

Oliver, Henry Dudgeon

1927-1972

Served in Bonaventure 1960-1962 as Surg-LCdr (P), RCN

Ormsbee, Charles Leslie

1927-2011

Ouellet, Rene Joseph

1940-2009

Served in Bonaventure as a LSET

Owers, Clifford

1924-2018

Served in Bonaventure in 1957 for VF-870 as Air Electrical Officer

P

Panteluk, William

1931-2013

Parry, Arthur Charles Daniel

1939-2010

Parkasewych, George

1940-2010

Pearce, Harvey C.

1941-2017

Pattenden, John Paul

1933-2015

Paul, Joseph Morrison

____-2004

Peeling, Donald Albert

1929-2012

Peletier, Ronald Harry

1938-2007

Pepper, Richard

____-2018

Peters, Delbert Alicen

1927-2015

Petter, John Charles Frederick

____-2014

Phillips, Raymond

1921-2014

Served in Bonaventure in 1963 as Cdr, RCN, XO

Pilkington, Ronald William

____-2015

Pittman, Ernest Chesley

____-2014

Poirier, Charles

____-2016

Porter, Henry Allan

1920-2016

6th Commanding Officer

Potvin, Jean-Paul

1915-1981

Preston, Thomas Paul

____-2013

Pringle, Gilbert John

1927-2015

Procher, Edward John

1943-2017

Publicover, Donald

1931-2015

 

 

 

 

Q-R

Quick, Fred Albert

____-2016

Rent, Frederick Charles

1938-2017

Richardson, Harry Hewat

1930-2018

Riutta, Bill

____-2016

Roberts, Ralph Donald

1931-2012

Robertson, Neil Stuart

1930-2017

Robichaud, Allain Rene

1940-2014

Robinson, Douglas W.J.

____-2009

Rockley, Robert A.

1943-1986

Rogers, Eugene Seldon

1929-2012

Ross, John Laurie

1950-2006

Rowat, Gordon Livingstone

1925-2008

Rowell, Sheldon MacDonald

1925-2013

Roy, Douglas Arthur

1943-2016

 

S

Saleski, George James

1929-2018

Sanftleben, Melvin

____-2010

Saunders, Gary

1934-2017

Saunders, Oliver Milen

____-1992

Served in Bonaventure as a PO2 Mar Eng

Schultz, Elvin Arnold

1938-2009

Scoville, William Clifton

____-2016

Sharrow Al

1925-2018

Shaw, George A. Sr,

1937-2006

Shellinck, Anton Albert

1925-2007

Shields, Amory Russell

1926-2017

Silvester, Henry

1919-2013

Silins, Janis

1939-2014

Simpson, John Burton

1939-2012

Slor, John

1945-2017

Smith, Carmen Ernest

1933-2010

Sosnkowski, Joseph

1932-2012

Stegen, James William

1933-2017

Served in Bonaventure in 1959

Stone, George Alfred

1921-2007

Strum, Gordon Eugene

____-2012

Stymest, Leslie Holt

1931-2006

Sunderland, Albert Eldon

____-2011

Served in Bonaventure May - Nov 1965, HS 50

 

 

 

 

T

Tate, David Henry

1931-2015

Served in Bonaventure in 1969 as Cdr, RCN, CO VS-880 Sqn

Tessier, Yves Georges

1936-2010

Thibault, Joseph Theophile Laurent

1927-2016

Thomas, Edgar John Boyle

____-2002

Thomas, Robert Edward

____-2017

Thompson, C.H.

1925-2009

Tighe, Gilbert Joseph

1934-2014

Timbrell, Robert Walter

1920-2006

Timmerman, Nick

1940-2008

Tizard, John

1918-1987

Trafford, Gerald Raymond

1940-2018

Treherne, Thomas Claude

1923-2016

Tudor, David T.

1926-2008

Served in Bonaventure in 1958 as CPO Radioman

Turner, Bruce Archie

1919-2013

 

U-V

Urquhart, Glen Cameron

1942-2017

Varen, Gordon Floyd

1935-2017

Verran, Harry James

1930-2015

Vondette, Henry William

1924-2006

Served in Bonaventure in 1969 as Cdr, RCN XO.

10th Commanding Officer

 

W-X

Wash, Ronald Thomas

1924-2016

Washen, Lawrence Phillip

____-2016

Waters, Brian James

____-2004

Served in Bonaventure as a LSER

Weir, David Russell Edwin

1926-2007

Welland, Robert Philip

1918-2010

Wenglewick, Raymond A.

1948-2017

Whelly, Joseph Edward

1910-2007

Windsor, Cedric Agustus

____-____

Three badge Killick on Bonaventure 1967-1968

Wiscombe, Samuel Andrew

1946-2010

Witthoeft, Karl Anthony

1936-2013

Witwicki, Anthony

1927-2006

Worthington, Donald Edward

____-2009

Wright, Kenneth Lloyd

1923-2004

Served in Bonaventure 18 Jul 1966 - 06 Jul 1969

 

 

Y-Z

Yule, Andrew Campbell

1916-2002

Zbitnew, Leonard Thomas

1933-2015

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Adamthwaite, Dave V., Slt, BWK, Jun 1967 - Aug 1967 (Attach posted from HMCS Restigouche) 

 

Bakody, David, ABEM1, RCN - 1962 / LSER2 - 1968 

 

Cantlie, James Stephen Temple, Lt, RCN - 1963

 

Foster, Robert, C.E.R.A. - 1970

 

Lake, Barry, LT

 

Haigh, George, LS, Cook - 1968

 

Henry, Ronald, Cook - 1968-1969

 

Houston, Richard (Shorty) 

 

King, Ken - 23 Dec 1962 - 17 Feb 1963

 

Kloosterman, Jim

 

Lapierre, Brian - Jun 1967 - Jun 1969

Lapointe, Claude - 1959

 

Latcham, Garry J. 

 

Malott, Fred

 

Masterson, Gerry (Irish) - 1959

 

McDougall, Keith, ABEM2, Sep 1963 - May 1966 / LSEM2, Oct 1967 - Jul 1970   

 

McGillivray, Dennis, RP, 42375-H, RCN - Oct 1958 - Nov 1960

 

McGuire, John

 

McLean, Bud

 

Miller, William (Dusty), ABER - May 1967 - Dec 1969

 

O'Brien, Larry

 

Olive, Mike, LS, Air Bos',n, 581 Safety Systems, RCN

 

Pearce, Larry, ET

Penny, Harold, LS, Cook - 1968

 

Price, Tom, Stoker

 

Reaume, Wayne, 27146-H

 

Rodgers, Stu 

 

Shuckburgh, Trevor Cole, Cdr, RCN, XO 1966-1968

 

Sweeny, Earl, Cook - 1969

 

Tang, John

 

Thornton, Garry - 1957-1959

 

Tofflemire, Bob, RP

 

Vowels, Gerry 

 

Watkin, Murray, MA, 38440-H -1960 - 1961

 

Westlake, Jimmy, LS, Cook - 1968

 

Wheeler, Paul, Cook - 1969

 

Woodward, Robert Leonard

 

Photos and Documents

 

Battle Board for HMCS Bonaventure

Shearwater Aviation Museum

Courtesy of John Knudsen

HMCS Bonaventure's bell, Shearwater Aviation Museum

Courtesy of John Knudsen

"I think the bonnie was coming to slackers in this pic from Belfast in 1957. Note the newest car there is a 57 chev."

Courtesy of John P. Mcguire

 

HMCS Bonaventure celebrating the RCN's 50th Anniversary

Courtesy of Dennis McGilivray

DND/RCN photo

 

HMCS Bonaventure circa 1958-60

 

     

 

Courtesy of Dennis McGillivray

DND/RCN photo

HMCS Bonaventure RASing with unknown USN ship

Courtesy of Dennis McGillivray

Lt Herb Addison on HMCS Bonavetnure circa 1958-1959

From the collection of Herb Addison

Courtesy of Time Addison

 

Photos on HMCS Bonaventure

 

photo 1

photo 2

photo 3

photo 4

photo 5

photo 6

photo 7

 

(1) Pedro on the port side of HMCS Bonaventure  (2) Land on - "Hopefully" - 1960  (3) Launch Time - 1960  (4) Flight deck ops - 1960  (5) Bill McMullen - 1960  (6) unknown sailor by helo on HMCS Bonaventure - 1963  (7) possibly the hangar deck of HMCS Bonaventure 

 

From the collection of William McQueen

Courtesy of Robin McQueen

 

 

Article from the Trident magazine on "Angel" also known as "Pedro"

 

(bottom) photo from the above article - Front (L-R) Ab William McMullen, LS David Harding, PO Joseph Carver, AB Sherwood McQueen, AB Noel Black //  Back (L-R) AB Malcolm Marshall, Slt Wallace Morris, Lt Robin Watt, AB Edward Olliffe

Sunday Divisions on HMCS Bonaventure circa 1961

 

"Capt. Fred Frewer inspecting Engineering Division I was an OSEM at time. LSER Danny MacDonld is the sailor that Capt. Frewer is speaking with."

 

Courtesy of David Bakody

Newspaper Article on HMCS Bonaventure (and the whole Atlantic Fleet of the RCN) taking part in the Cuban Missile Crisis

Courtesy of Byron Freeman

Collision between HMCS Athabaskan 219 and HMCS Bonaventure

 

In midsummer 1962 when ships of the Destroyer Escort Squadrons were being re-assigned, HMCS Athabaskan proceeded to Marine Industries Ltd. at Sorel Quebec. There she would undergo a major refit which was completed by midsummer 1963, but her radar system was not. Athabaskan was one of only two ships with this type Radar System, (Cayuga was the other) and any repairs had to be carried out at Portsmouth England. Following her work-ups, Athabaskan was assigned as "plane guard' for the aircraft carrier HMCS Bonaventure, exercising in the North Atlantic. From there, Athabaskan was to proceed to Portsmouth England for radar refitting. During a refueling operation in mid Atlantic, the two ships struck each other with the Athabaskan receiving serious damage.

 

Following the collision, HMCS Bonaventure proceeded to Invergordon, Scotland to the former WW II Royal Naval Base and ship refueling facility. While damage to the Carrier's Hull was minimal, her fuel supply was below the accepted permissible level. Invergordon, Scotland was the nearest docking facility capable of docking an air craft carrier. HMCS Athabaskan received considerably more damage to her super structure and commutation aerials than the "Bonnie". Without the required fuel she was to receive from the Carrier, Athabaskan had to make way to the nearest port which could facilitate her requirements. This port was the shipyards of Hartland and Wolff in Belfast - Northern Ireland. Having received temporary repairs, HMCS Athabaskan proceeded on her mission which was the overhaul of her radar system at Portsmouth England. [A service not available in Canada] Permanent repairs necessitated by the collision with HMCS Bonaventure at sea, would now be carried out at Portsmouth.

 

     

 

(1) Jackstay between Athabaskan and Bonaventure

 

(2) Athabaskan receives fueling line from Bonaventure

 

(3) Moments after the collision. Fuel line severed on both end. The haze in the photo is black smoke from Athabaskan's funnels

 

(4) Athabaskan pulling away from Bonaventure. Haze caused by funnel smoke from Athabaskan

 

Follow Up on collision with HMCS Bonaventure

 

The following account of what happened has been taken from a book by J Alan Snowie published in 1967. This account has now been included in an Internet history of Aircraft Carriers which formally served with the Royal Canadian Navy. It would appear that the information contained there - in, was based on hearsay and the memories of others not acquainted with the facts. A close friend of yours truly [# 49753H] who also served with HMCS Cabot, was serving onboard HMCS Bonaventure at the time of the incident, and is one of the sailors seen standing on the deck of the Bonaventure in the photos.

 

Click here to read the excerpt referenced by Bud

 

Courtesy of Bud Rose, HMCS Athabaskan 219

Life on the Bonaventure

From the Belleville Intelligencer, 29 Nov 1963

Source: Belleville Public Library microfilm collection

Researched by / © 2015 John Lyons

Bonaventure Adventure

From the Belleville Intelligencer, 28 Nov 1963

Source: Belleville Public Library microfilm collection

Researched by / © 2015 John Lyons

HMCS Provider conducting a RAS with HMCS Bonaventure and HMCS Cap de la Madeleine

Source: CROWSNEST Magazine, Vol 17, No.3&4, March/April 1965

UNTDs take the aircraft elevator down to the hangar deck during a tour of the Bonnie - summer 1965

From the collection of Gary Medford

Courtesy of Gary Medford

HMCS Bonaventure, Halifax, summer 1965 - Royal Navy Amphion class submarine in the foreground

From the collection of Gary Medford

Courtesy of Gary Medford

Ship's company of HMCS Bonaventure fallen in for the lowering White Ensign for the final time on 15 Feb 1965 in San Juan harbor.

 

           

 

Courtesy of Kirk MacDonald

Crossing the Line ceremony on HMCS Bonaventure 1966

 

           

 

Courtesy of Keith McDougall

Sea King 4002 on the flight deck of HMCS Bonaventure not long before she crashed into the Atlantic resulting in the loss of two air crew personnel

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

© Brian Lapierre 1967


HMCS Bonaventure in a storm - 1967

Courtesy of John Hawley

HMCS Bonaventure - Maple Spring 1968.  Photo taken from HMCS Gatineau

Courtesy of Ron MacDonald

HMCS Bonaventure, Maple Spring 1970

Photos taken from HMCS Annapolis by Jean Viau, NavSig

Launching a Tracker - HMCS Bonaventure

Courtesy of Jack Soble

 

Photos on/of HMCS Bonaventure

 

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(1) Helo landing on HMCS Bonaventure  (2) Launching a Tracker  (3) Recovering a helo  (4) HMCS Bonaventure at New Orleans  (5 & 6) Crash on Deck  (7) One of Bonnie's Helo's circa 1967 /1968  (8) "Kootenay's Fallen" - The bodies of those who died in the Kootenay Explosion are being placed in a Helicopter to be taken ashore from HMCS Bonaventure  (9 & 10)  Landing Tracker 591  (11) Landing Tracker 590  (12) HMCS Bonaventure in drydock  (13) Trackers on the deck of HMCS Bonaventure

 

Courtesy of Jack Soble

 

 

Photos on and of HMCS Bonaventure

 

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(1 & 2) Launching a tracker off HMCS Bonaventure  (3) Crossing the Line ceremony  (4) Planes secured on deck of HMCS Bonaventure in rough seas  (5) Hockey game  (6) Trackers on deck  (7) Bud McLean, John Mcguire, Larry O'Brien and John Tang  (8 - 10) 3 photos of a Tracker launch on HMCS Bonaventure.  Unbelievably, the Tracker was not lost and managed to get airborne  (11) Preparing to launch on HMCS Bonaventure  (12) HMCS Bonaventure  (13) HMCS Bonaventure

 

Courtesy of John P. McGuire

 

"Working the flight deck on the Bonnie"

Courtesy of John Knudsen

Visit to 2 Mess on Bonaventure by "the pig of the port"

Courtesy of John Knudsen

HMCS Bonaventure - 1962

Courtesy of Art Moore

Stu Rodgers on HMCS Bonaventure

Courtesy of Kim Rodgers-Risi

Navy Cap - This is a sailor's Cap identical to the one I wore during my service in the Royal Canadian Navy in the mid. to late 1960's. During a portion of this time, I served on the aircraft carrier HMCS Bonaventure.

 

Credit:  Photo by John Gorman, Halifax, N.S. a former Naval Airman who served at HMCS Shearwater and on HMCS Bonaventure during the mid to late 1960’s.

Christmas dinner on HMCS Bonaventure circa 1968

(L-R)  LS George Haigh, LS Jimmy Westlake, LS Bob O'Hara , LS Harold Penny

Courtesy of Ronald Henry

How the Bonnie cooks relaxed after long days at sea - on the beach in Trinidad (I think) 1969. Paul Wheeler, Shaky Eddy, myself (Ronald Henry) and Earl Sweeny (first army cook to go to sea). I see we are all having a wet or two: proud diplomats we are.

Courtesy of Ronald Henry

Julian Leblanc - RCN

 

Born:  01 May 1941   Crossed the Bar:  15 Aug 2002

 

HMCS Bonaventure, HMCS Saguenay

 

Courtesy of Steven MacInnis

LSEM2 Keith McDougall during the final shutdown of the Bonaventure

Courtesy of Keith McDougall

Newspaper article on HMCS Bonaventure coming out of refit

Courtesy of Mike Reynolds

 

Photos on and of HMCS Bonaventure

 

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(1-4) Flight deck operations on HMCS Bonaventure circa 1966  (5) HMCS Bonaventure post 1966-67 refit  (6) Divisions on the flight deck of HMCS Bonaventure - circa 1966  (7) HMCS Bonaventure with HMCS Skeena 207 astern - circa 1966

 

From the collection of Eugene Miller

Courtesy of Rene Miller

 

Tracker landing on the flight deck of HMCS Bonaventure -1967

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

© Brian Lapierre 1967

A Tracker taking off from HMCS Bonaventure - 1967

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

© Brian Lapierre 1967

A Huey and Sea King helicopter landing on the flight deck of HMCS Bonaventure - 1967

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

© Brian Lapierre 1967

Sea King helicopters on the flight deck of HMCS Bonaventure - 1967

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

© Brian Lapierre 1967

A Tracker being lowered on the elevator on HMCS Bonaventure - 1967

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

© Brian Lapierre 1967

Routine Orders from HMCS Bonaventure for 23 Sep 1968

 

     

 

Courtesy of David Pattison

HMCS Bonaventure Arctic Circle Crossing the Line Certificate for Francis Dowdall - 21 Sep 1968

Courtesy of Francis Dowdall

HMCS Bonaventure undergoing inclination trials

Courtesy of the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

HMCS Bonaventure 1966

Photo taken from HCMS Ottawa 229

Courtesy of / Photographer: Raymond Cumby

OM’s Course nineteen…

I'm thinking back to fifty-nine, Observer's Mates nineteen.

I hoped to wear those wings so fine, those wings you need not preen.

At any cost, with fingers crossed, I hoped to make the grade.

There’s something new to learn about, and flight pay; rightly paid.

A bunch of men from different trades, were gathered in the cinema,

And what's in store, would be no bore; but rather, an enigma.

So while we wait, contemplate our fate, we’re looking at the screen,

at Yankee planes that crash in flames, some faces turned quite-green.

I'm thinking it’s their likely ploy, for separating man from boy.

Some they'd lose, and some they’ll choose; those that they would employ.

As luck would have it, from force of habit, I answered honestly.

I hoped I’d passed, be accepted fast, to that great fraternity.

It seems I did, found myself amid, a class with eleven others,

My life it changed, was rearranged, when i joined that “Band of Brothers.”

I spout no guff, the course was tough, ‘twas not an easy road,

for me; when I found; I had to pound, that bloody Morse’s code.

I persevered, and even cheered, with those wings on my left cuff,

wore them with a pride I couldn’t hide, eventually sure enough,

at eight-eighty fixed wing, I did my thing, and then to “ H.S. fifty”

When I got my hand in, I got to land on, those bouncing seaborne aeries.

 

Author: Unknown

Courtesy of Gerald Sullivan

Seaking on the flight deck of HMCS Bonaventure - 1970

Photo taken from HMCS Skeena 207

Courtesy of / © John Hawley 1970

HMCS Bonaventure and HMCS Fraser 233

Note that Fraser does not yet have her distinctive TACAN mast

Farewell is bid to the Bonnie as she pulls away from the jetty bound for Cyprus

Courtesy of Tom Price

HMCS Bonaventure leaving for Cyprus. Armament laid out in from of aircraft

Courtesy of Tom Price

HMCS Bonaventure anchored off Cyprus

 

"We were in Cyprus anchored off and only had a few hours ashore split in two watches as the crew unloaded all the army gear .... the boys topped up big time and many could not climb back up the scramble nets so the Master at Arms ordered the cargo net lowered to the barge. That is a P2VS you see in the net I once knew his name but it has long been forgotten ..... those were days"

 

Courtesy of David Bakody

Flight deck of HMCS Bonaventure

This was the flight deck of the Bonaventure on way to Cyprus. I worked arrestor gear so it was not too bad of a trip. We even had a few Army stowaways who just wanted out of C.F.B Gagetown - they were found hiding in trucks, very seasick, and hungry.

Courtesy of Tom Price

Helo operations on HMCS Bonaventure. Front helo being refueled

Courtesy of Tom Price

US Navy jet on HMCS Bonaventure

Courtesy of Tim Price

USN jet ready for launching

Loaded with weapons, bridle gear hooked up for shot of deck, destroyer in back ground as plane guard, one of the few times ever had jet on deck

Courtesy of Tom Price

Surg-Lt James Fraser, RCN - HMCS Bonaventure

Courtesy of Alison Fraser

Helo rescues the pilot from a Tracker the ditched near the Bonaventure

From the collection of the late LCdr Larry Zbitnew, RCN

Courtesy of Dennis Cardy

Two unknown sailors on HMCS Bonaventure

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

EA Donald Hunter on HMCS Bonaventure

From the collection of Donald Hunter

Courtesy of Jean Haverkate

HMCS Bonaventure, Halifax, Apr 1970

 

     

 

Courtesy of Richard Larcheveque

HMCS Bonaventure flies her decommissioning pennant as she passes under the Angus L MacDonald Bridge in Halifax harbour.

DND Photo. Courtesy Moe Beere.

HMCS Bonaventure flying her paying-off pennant

Courtesy of David Pattison

 

HMCS Bonaventure CVL 22 Paying-Off Ceremony booklet

 

        

 

Courtesy of David Pattison

 

HMCS Bonaventure's Final Sail past - 1970

Photos taken from HMCS Onondaga

 

         

 

       

 

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

© Brian Lapierre 1970

 

Commissioned Officer Tully and PO1 Mander remembered 50 years later

 

  

 

Trident Newspaper Nov 2017

Courtesy of Brian Lapierre

The HMCS. Bonaventure anchor memorial in Halifax's Point Pleasant Park - Dedicated to members of the Canadian Navy whom died

 

Credit:  Photo by John Gorman, Halifax, N.S., a former Naval Airman who served at HMCS Shearwater and on HMCS Bonaventure during the mid to late 1960’s

 

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