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HMCS CHILLIWACK K131

HMCS CHILLIWACK - circa 1942

Source: Ken Macpherson / Naval Museum of Alberta

 

Laid down: 03 Jul 1940

Launched: 14 Sep 1940

Commissioned: 08 Apr 1941

Paid off: 14 Jul 1945

Fate: Broken up in 1946

 

Built by Burrard Dry Dock Co., Ltd, she was commissioned at Vancouver on 08 Apr 1941. She arrived at Halifax on 19 Jun 1941, was assigned to Newfoundland Command in July, and for the rest of the year escorted convoys between St. John's and Iceland. Early in Feb 1942 Chilliwack escorted SC.67, her first transatlantic convoy, and was thereafter employed almost continuously as an ocean escort until Nov 1944. From Jun 1942, onward she was a member of EG C-1, and during this period escorted three convoys around which epic battles were fought: SC.94 (Aug 1942), ONS.154 (Dec 1942), and ON.166 (Feb 1943). In addition, she assisted in sinking two U-boats: U 356 when escort to ONS.154, 27 Dec 1942; and U 744 when escort to HX.280, on 06 Mar 1944 HMC Ships Chaudiere H99, St. Catharines K325, Chilliwack 131,Fennel K194 and Gatineau H61, along with two British frigates, started one of the longest U-boat hunts in which Canadian ships will participate. A total of 291 depth charges, 87,300 pounds of high explosive, will be required to bring the U-boat to the surface. Fifteen hundred signals will be passed between the ships as they stalk, attack, wait and attack the submarine U-744 again and again through a day and a night of rough weather. U-744 was then boarded by allied sailors, who retrieved code books and other documents. Most of this was lost while being transferred between the U-Boat and the allied ships. After attempts to tow the submarine into port failed, U-744 was scuttled by the allied warships. In the course of a major refit from Apr to Oct 1943, at Dartmouth, N.S., she acquired her long fo'c's'le. Assigned on 04 Dec 1943 to EG WE-8, WEF, she left for a month's workups in Bermuda. Reassigned in Apr 1945, to Halifax Force, she was temporarily lent to EG C-1 the following month for one final round trip to Londonderry. Paid off 14 Jul 1945 and laid up at Sorel, she was broken up at Hamilton, Ont., in 1946.

 

Ship's company photos     Photos and Documents          Battle for Convoy ONS-154          Battle for Convoy ONS 154

 

Commanding Officers

A/LCdr Lelsie Lewendon Foxall, RCNR - 08 Apr 1941 - 25 May 1943

LCdr Clifford (Clifton ??) Rexford Coughlin, RCNVR - 26 May 2943 - 11 Apr 1944

A/LCdr Douglas Rannie Watson, MBE, RCNR - 12 Apr 1944 - 14 Jul 1945

  

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

THOMPSON, Herbert Albert

AB, V/30371, RCNVR

MPK - 26 Oct 1941 

  

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

 

Aubry, Denis H.

1920-2008

C-D

Clayton, Alfred Ernest Joseph

see HMCS Shawinigan

Coote, Daniel John

1920-2004

Coughlin, Clifton Rexford Tony

 See HMCS Iroquois

Didier, Joseph Achille Adolphe Marcel

1916-2001

E-F

Ferguson, William Irwin

1913-1993

Drafted to Chilliwack 08 Apr 1941 as Lt, RCNVR

 

 

 

 

G-H

Harrison, Glen William

1920-2018

Henderson, John Douglas

1919-2008

Howell, Charles Alfred

1924-2004

K-L

Law, Robert George

1922-2008

 

 

 

 

M-N

Macklem, Robert

____-2014

MacGregor, Lewis Iver

1920-2003

Mahoney, Charles Hugh

1922-2004

Mather, John Leon

1923-2008

McMurdo, Wilson Reginald

1922-1988

Q-R

Ryan, Gerald James

1925-1997

S-T

Smith, George Sellars

____-2007

W-X-Y-Z

Walsh, Patrick Douglas

Served in Chilliwack 19 Apr 1941 - 07 May 1941 as a Sto 2c, RCN

killed - 20 Sep 1943

while serving in

HMCS St Croix I81

       

Ship's Mascots

Kathy

Champ

 

 

 

 

U-Boats Sunk

U-356 sunk on 27 Dec 1942 by HMCS St. Laurent H83, HMCS Chilliwack K131, HMCS Battleford K165, HMCS Napanee K118 and HMCS Saint John K456 in position 45-30 N, 25-40 W

U-744 (Oblt Heinz Blischke) a type VIIC U-boat, sunk on 06 Mar 1944 by HMCS St. Catharine K325, HMCS Chilliwack K131, HMCS Gatineau H61, HMCS Fennel K194, HMCS Chaudiere H99, HMS Icarus and HMS Keniworth Castle in position 52-01 N, 22-37 W. Of her crew of 51, there were 40 survivors

 

 Former Crew Members

Atherton, Thomas Herbert, Slt, RCNVR - 28 Jun 1943 / Lt - 1944 (boarding party U-744)

 

Bartlett, Frank, A/Wt (E), RCNR - 13 Apr 1944

 

Barnes, Harold Bramsbotte, Lt, RCNVR - 16 May 1944

 

Blachford, Robert Oswald, Lt, RCNVR - 27 Jul 1943

 

Calver, John Moran, Slt, RCNR - 28 Feb 1942

 

Chambers, John Hubert, Slt, RCNVR - 17 May 1944

 

Dunn, Timothy Hibbard, Lt, RCNVR - 05 Jun 1942 / Lt - 1944 (boarding party U-744)

 

Foxall, Leslie Lewendon, A/LCdr, RCNR - 31 Mar 1941 (Stand by) CO

Hall, Wallis James, Slt, RCNVR - 05 Mar 1945

 

Hearn, Lt (boarding party U-744)

 

Jenkins, Stoker - 1944 (boarding Party U-744)

 

Johnstone, Thomas Albert, RCNVR - 08 Apr 1941

 

Lawrie, AB - 1944 (boarding party U-744)

 

Longbottom, CERA - 1944  (boarding party U-744)

 

Makeranko, AB - 1944 (boarding party U-744)

 

Martin, Telegrapher - 1944 (boarding party U-744)

 

Nicholson, William Ernest, Mate, RCNR - 08 Apr 1941

Norris, Lawrence Henry, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1942

 

Passerini, AB - 1944 (boarding party U-744)

 

Starr, Jack R., Signalman - 1944 (boarding party U-744)

 

Temple, Clifford Maulson, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1943

 

Watson, William Wallace, Lt, RCNVR - 09 Mar 1945

 

Williamson, William John, Wt (E), RCNVR - 01 Jun 1943

 

Wilson, PO - 1944 (boarding party U-744)

 

Worsley, George Norman, Lt, RCNVR - 12 Mar 1945

 

Photos and Documents

 

HMCS Chilliwack K131

DND / RCN Photo Negative # E326

Crew of HMCS Chilliwack boarding U-744 on March 6, 1944.

Source: Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-112996

 

Click here to read the newspaper article from the Crow's Nest newspaper - Jul 1944

Signalman Jack R. Starr of HMCS Chilliwack, which took part in sinking U-744 on 06 Mar 1944. Londonderry, Northern Ireland, 27 Mar 1944. 

Source: Lt J.D. Mahoney / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-204652

Boarding party from the corvette HMCS Chilliwack which boarded the German submarine U-744 on 06 Mar 1944. England, 27 Mar 1944.

(Front row, L-R): CERA Longbottom, Stoker Jenkins, AB Makeranko and Lawrie, PO Wilson, Signalman Starr. (Rear row, L-R): Telegrapher Martin, Lieuts Atherton, Dunn and Hearn, AB Passerini

Source: Lt John D. Mahoney / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-141569

The mast of HMCS Chilliwack K131 at HMCS Star, Hamilton

Courtesy of Neil Bell, LCdr, RCN, Ret'd

Curator HMCS Star Historical Collection

Plaque at the base of the mast from HMCS Chilliwack at HMCS Star, Hamilton

Courtesy of Neil Bell, LCdr, RCN, Ret'd

Curator HMCS Star Historical Collection

Name plate HMCS Chilliwack K131 at HMCS Star, Hamilton

Courtesy of Neil Bell, LCdr, RCN, Ret'd

Curator HMCS Star Historical Collection

HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Gerald James Ryan

Courtesy of Kevin Ryan

HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Gerald James Ryan

Courtesy of Kevin Ryan

Convoy escorts surround U-744 - 06 Mar 1944

From the collection of Wilson Reginald McMurdo

Courtesy of Scott Wilson McMurdo

Captured crew members from U-744

From the collection of Wilson Reginald McMurdo

Courtesy of Scott Wilson McMurdo

HMCS Chilliwack K131 circa 1943-1944

Photo taken from HMCS Kamloops K176

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

HMCS Chilliwack K131 circa 1941

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

HMCS Chilliwack K131 circa 1941

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Pierre, George and Doug on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Billy on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Bill and Doug on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"The Barrens of Iceland"

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Pierre in Iceland - in background, farmer moving hay bales on horses

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

 

Icelandic farmer moving hay bales on horses

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

The boys of Chilliwack in Iceland

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

'Swain and Brownie (right) ashore in Iceland

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Brownie with Icelandic pony

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Local riding an Icelandic pony

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Boys ashore in Iceland waiting for boat to take them back to HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"Boys in Iceland" on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

HMCS Chilliwack K131 at anchor, Iceland circa 1941

(Chilliwack is the corvette on the left)

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Army blokes in Iceland - Limeys

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Corvettes in Line Abreast formation

Photo taken from HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Christmas Day in Iceland

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

HMCS Chilliwack K131 "heading back to Newfie John"

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Convoy to the U.K.

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Convoy

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Erin (Ireland)

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

 

Loch Foyle, Ireland

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Castle in Irish Free State

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Londonderry Sunset

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Goodbye to Derry

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Goodbye Erin

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Convoy astern of HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Scotty and Pooky on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Scoote and a flounder on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"Flounders"

HMCS Chilliwack's crew holding the catch of the day

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"and more fish"

HMCS Chilliwack's crew holding the catch of the day

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"Cut her up chief"

The catch of the day being cleaned and cut up

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Quartermaster (QM) Pooky on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Robert Macklem on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"The Rugged Line"

Three unknown sailors on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"The Rugged King"

Unknown sailor on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Quarterdeck of HMCS Chilliwack K131 from the Yardarm

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"Montreal Kid"

Unknown sailor on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"No more shore leave"

Two unknown sailors and HMCS Chilliwack's mascot, Champ, watching the shoreline disappear as they head out to sea

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Port side aft, looking forward on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Portside, mid ships looking forward on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Kathy the Cat

Ship's Mascot of HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Ken and Champ between the depth charge rails on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Ken holding ship's mascot Champ, and two unknown sailors sitting on the depth charge rails on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"Chilliwack Iced Up"

Minesweeping gear and depth charges on HMCS Chilliwack K131 covered in ice

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Danny on the windlass on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Danny by the 4-inch gun on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"Doug and S2"

Doug by a depth charge thrower on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Doug standing on the guard rail and holding the jack staff on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

4-inch gun on HMCS Chilliwack K131 - photo taken from the wheelhouse

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Atlantic Charter Conference

Placentia Bay, NFLD 9-12 Aug 1941

 

 

Above:  HMS Ripley and HMS Prince of Wales

 

      

 

Left: The battleship HMS Prince of Wales     Centre: Ships at anchor, Placentia Bay, NFLD    

 

Right: "End of a Rendezvous" - The battleship HMS Prince of Wale in the distance in the centre of the photo

 

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

 

Historical note: The first wartime meeting of Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt, the so-called "Atlantic Conference" or "Atlantic Charter Conference", was held from 9-12 August 1941. The conference took place off Ship Harbor, Placentia Bay, Newfoundland (Canada).  Roosevelt already arrived as early as 7 August in Placentia Bay aboard the heavy cruiser USS "Augusta", escorted by the heavy cruiser USS "Tuscaloosa", and the destroyers "Madison", "Moffett", "Sampson", "Winslow" and "McDougal". Churchill arrived on 9 August from England aboard the battleship HMS "Prince of Wales", escorted by the British destroyer HMS "Ripley" and the Canadian destroyers HMCS "Restigouche" and "Assiniboine". The first meeting of the US president and the British prime minister took place on 9 August on board of the "Augusta". Their second meeting was held on 10 August aboard the "Prince of Wales", and the following day the conference continued on the "Augusta" again, which also was the location of the final meeting on 12 August. After the conference ended that day, both Churchill and Roosevelt left Placentia Bay on the same ships and with the same escort vessels they arrived with four days earlier. The principal result of the meeting was the issuance of the Atlantic Charter which for security reasons, was dated two days after the closing of the conference. The Atlantic Charter, with its eight principles for a better postwar world, was in fact the genesis of the United Nations. The name "United Nations" was first used in the published joint, or "United Nations," declaration of January 1, 1942, in which all of the Allied nations pledged themselves to support the principles of the Atlantic Charter.

White Ensign on HMCS Chilliwack K141

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

HMCS Chilliwack K131 - Flag host for oiling up

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Flag hoist signal on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Frank doing a handstand just aft of the funnel on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Gordon and Monae - HMCS Chilliwack secured alongside

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"Green one"

HMCS Chilliwack K131 bites into a wave

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

The Chief and John working on the minesweeping gear on HMCS Chilliwack K131

 From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

ST Shack (or what's left of it) on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Sailors of HMCS Chilliwack on the bandstand

 

     

 

(1) Boyd, AA3   (2) "Bluenose"   (3) Robert Macklem

 

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

HMS Berwick and corvettes of W-4

Photo taken from HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"The Boys"

HMCS Chilliwack K131

 

     

 

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

HMCS Chilliwack K131

Photo taken from the fantail - looking forward

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Handy and Chapman on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Jacky and George in the bandstand loading ammunition belts - HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Lorwin and Sweezer

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Wilf on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Willie on watch on the bandstand - HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

William Mason in his mic - HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Tony on the fo'c's'le of HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

HMCS Chilliwack K131

Note the faint gunshield art and also that the censor tried to obscure the radar

DND/RCN photo L3701R

 

Click here to view a zoomed in image on the gunshield

 

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

 

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