ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY    

 

HMCS KITCHENER K225

HMCS Kitchener K225

Source: Flickr photo collection of Ron Bell

 

Laid down: 28 February 1941

Launched: 18 November 1941

Commissioned: 28 June 1942

Paid off: 11 July 1945

Fate: Broken up at Hamilton, Ont., in 1949

 

Commissioned at Quebec City on June ,28, 1942, Kitchener arrived at Halifax on July 16 and carried out six weeks' workups at Pictou before briefly joining WLEF in September. It may have been during this unusually long workup that she starred in the film Corvette K-225 with Randolph Scott. In October she was assigned to duties in connection with Operation "Torch," and arrived at Londonderry on November 3. For the next four and one-half months she escorted U.K.-Mediterranean convoys, returning to Canada in mid-April, 1943, with convoy ONS.2. In May she joined Western Support Force but in June transferred to EG C-5, MOEF, and during the following four months made three round trips to Londonderry. A major refit, commenced in October at Liverpool, N.S., was completed on January 28, 1944, followed by two weeks' working-up in Bermuda. In mid-April she arrived at Londonderry, where she was assigned to invasion duties with Western Approaches Command, based at Milford Haven. She arrived off the beaches on D-Day escorting a group of landing craft. From August until the end of the war she served with EG 41, Plymouth, returning home late in May, 1945, to be paid off at Sorel July 11. She was broken up at Hamilton in 1949. (Source: The Ships of Canada's Naval Forces 1910-1981 by Ken Macpherson & John Burgess)

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr W. Evans, RCNVR  -  28 Jun 42 - 16 Jan 44

Lt J.E. Moles, RCNVR  -  17 Jan 44 - 11 Jul 45

  

     In Memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

RUDD, George, Leading Stoker, V 17436 (RCNVR), killed - 8 June 1943

  

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

Beckner, Floyd Wayne

 

Erickson, Walton Earl, Leading Telegrapher

McCallum, William Aubrey

 

Floyd Wayne Beckner

1920-2009

Walton Earl Erickson

1920-2012

William Aubrey McCallum

1924-1987

 

 

 

 

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