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HMCS CALGARY K231

 

Source: Flickr photo collection of Ron Bell

HMCS Calgary K231, May 1944

Source: Wikipedia  Credit: Ken Macpherson / Naval Museum of Alberta

 

Laid down: 22 March 1941 at Sorel, Quebec

Launched: 23 August 1941

Commissioned: 16 December 1941

Paid off: 19 June 1945

Fate: Sold in 1946 to Victory Transport & salvage Co. Broken up at Hamilton, Ont., in 1951

 

Commissioned at Sorel on December 16, 1941, Calgary arrived at Halifax on December 28. She served with WLEF until November 1942, when she was assigned to duties in connection with Operation "Torch." She arrived at Londonderry on November 3 but proved to have mechanical defects that precluded her intended use on U.K.-Mediterranean convoys. Instead, she had to undergo three months' repairs at Cardiff, completing at the end of March, 1943, and in April returned to Canada and rejoined WLEF. In June, 1943, she was transferred to EG-5, Western Support Force, and sailed for the U.K. with convoy SC.133. For the next few months she was employed in support of Atlantic convoys and, on November 20, shared in sinking U-536 north of the Azores. Calgary returned to Canada early in 1944 for refit at Liverpool, N.S., completing on March 17. After working up at Halifax, she left on May 2 for the U.K. to join Western Approaches Command, Greenock, for invasion duties. Initially based at Sheerness, she was moved to Nore Command in September for the duration of the war. Returning home late in May, 1945, she was paid off at Sorel on June 19 and broken up at Hamilton in 1951. (Source: The Ships of Canada's Naval Forces 1910-1981 by Ken Macpherson & John Burgess)

 

On 30 Apr 1943, HMCS Algoma K127, HMCS Calgary K231 arrived at St. John's, NFLD with convoy ON.179.

 

Commanding Officers

Lt. G. Lancaster, RCNR - 16 Dec 41 - 19 Jun 42

A/LCdr Henry Knox Hill, RCNVR - 20 Jun 42 - 17 Mar 44

Lt Aubrey Alvin Randle Dykes, RCNR - 18 Mar 44 - 15 Sep 44

Lt L.D.M. Saunders, RCNVR - 16 Sep 44 - 25 May 45

Lt G.M. Orr, RCNVR - 26 May 45 - 19 June 45

  

 

John Newby Fraser

1915-2009

John Douglas Henderson

1919-2008

 

 

 

 

U-Boats Sunk

U-536 sunk on 20 Nov 1943 by HMCS Nene K270, HMCS Snowberry K166 and HMCS Calgary K231 in position 43-50 N, 19-39 W

 

Galleries:

(Photos and Documents)

Gallery # 1

Former Crew Members:

Beique, Leon, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 25 May 1943

Chappell, Norman Russell, Lt, RCNVR - 21 May 1943

Charles, Peter Robert Leslie, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1942

Evans, John Roy, S/t RCNVR - 07 Mar 1945

Frosst, Eliot Ballantyne, Slt, RCNVR - 10 Mar 1944

Galley, Frank A/War (E), RCNR - Jan 1944

Hutchings, Ernest Frederick, Lt, RCNVR - 07 Feb 1944

Irwin, Robert Wilkie, Slt, RCNVR - 02 Mar 1945

Kristjanson, Gustav, A/Lt, RCNVR - 23 Feb 1945

Trainor, William Holl, Lt, RCNVR - 24 Apr 1944

Links:

HMCS Calgary - the UBoat.net

HMCS Calgary - About the Ship - Royal Canadian Navy

HMCS Calgary - ReadyAyeReady.com

HMCS Calgary - Wikipedia

Report on the interrogation of survivors of U-536

 

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