HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN K244

 

Flower Class Corvette

 


 

HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN K244

RCN photo # MC-2181

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Memorial to those who died on

HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN K244

St Brendan's Chapel, CFB Halifax

Courtesy of LS Jessie Chin-yet, RCN

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Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1942,   Gulf of St. Lawrence  1942

 

 

Laid down: 07 Jun 1941

Launched: 10 Sep 1941

Commissioned: 13 Dec 1941

Fate: Sunk by torpedo on 11 Sep 1942 

 

Built by the Kingston Shipbuilding Co., Ltd, Ont., she was commissioned at Quebec City on 13 Dec 1941 and arrived at Halifax on 18 Dec 1941. She was a member of WLEF until mid-Jul 1942, when she was transferred to Gulf Escort Force owing to increased U-boat activity in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. She was employed as escort to Quebec-Sydney convoys until 11 Sep 1942, when she was torpedoed and sunk by U 517 in the St. Lawrence River near Cap Chat, Que. Six of her crew were lost that day, 4 later died of wounds resulting from the sinking. She had earlier delivered convoy SQ.35 to Rimouski and was en route back to Gaspé, her base, at the time.

 


 

Photos and Documents

 


 

Commanding Officers

 

Lt John William Bonner, RCNR - 13 Dec 1941 - 11 Sep 1942

 


 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

BONNER, John W.

LCdr, RCNR

MPK - 11 Sep 1942 **

BOWSER, Donald

AB, RCNR

DOW - 11 Sep 1942

GARLAND, John C.

OS, RCNVR

MPK - 11 Sep 1942 **

GRANT, John A.

Sto PO, RCNR

DOW -  22 Oct 1942

LOVAT, Peter K.

ERA 4c, RCNVR

MPK - 11 Sep 1942 **

LUNDRIGAN, John

Stoker, RCNR

MPK - 11 Sep 1942 **

MACDONALD, Thomas

ERA 4c, RCN

DOW - 13 Sep 1942

ROBINSON, Edmund

L/Tel, RCNVR

DOW - 16 Sep 1942

TODD, David

ERA 3c, RCNVR

MPK - 11 Sep 1942 **

WHARTON, Leonard

AB, RCNVR

MPK - 11 Sep 1942 **

 

** Webmaster's note: Historical records available to this researcher show that HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN K244 was sunk on 11 Sep 1942.  However the service files for the 6 that are recorded as MPK have 10 Sep 1942 as their date of death.  This discrepancy can't be explained with the information available.  For the purpose of this site, their deaths are recorded as 11 Sep 1942 which was the day the ships was known to have been torpedoed and sunk.

 


 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

 

(s) - Survived the sinking of HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN on 11 Sep 1942

 

 


 

Former Crew Members

 

Gregory, George Frederick Thompson, SLt, RCNVR - Jan 1942

 

Hoar, Lyle Robert, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1942

 

Saunders, Edward Heaty, Lt, RCNVR - 28 Apr 1942

 


 

Photos and Documents

 

HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN K244

 

Article on the loss of HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN K244

 

The Halifax Mail, Sat, 29 Nov 1942

 

Mentioned in the article:  LCdr J.W. Bonner, CO, MPK;  AB Donald Bowser - died of wounds;  Stoker Frank Dillon - survived;  John Dillon - survived;  Mascot Screech - survived;  AB Charles Garland - MPK;  Lt William Johnston - survived;  Tel Fred Rush - survived;  ERA P.K. Lovatt - MPK

 

Researched by / Courtesy of George Newbury

 

 

Adolf Paul Specht with Screech - the mascot of HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN K244

 

The photo was taken after they were rescued when HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN was torpedoed. Screech found Adolf in the water and held onto him until they were rescued.

 

From the collection of CPO Adolf Paul Specht

 

Courtesy of Michael Specht

 

 

Article on the loss of HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN K244

The Halifax Herald - date unknown

 

From the collection of J. Vincent Wesley, CPO, RCNVR

 

Courtesy of Marilynn Taylor

 

 


 

FM913

FM914

FM915

FM916

(FM913-FM916) Articles on the loss of HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN K244 on 11 Sep 1942

 

From the collection of François Messier, AB, RCNVR

 

Courtesy of Denis Messier

 


 

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