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HMCS KITCHENER K225

HMCS Kitchener K225

Source: Flickr photo collection of Ron Bell

 

Laid down: 28 Feb 1941

Launched: 18 Nov 1941

Commissioned: 28 Jun 1942

Paid off: 11 Jul 1945

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

 

Laid down as HMCS Vancouver, she was renamed HMCS Kitchener prior to commissioning. She was commissioned at Quebec City on 18 June 1942. Kitchener arrived at Halifax on 16 Jul 1942 and carried out six weeks' workups at Pictou before briefly joining WLEF in Sep 1942. It may have been during this unusually long workup that she starred in the film Corvette K-225 with Randolph Scott. In Oct 1942 she was assigned to duties in connection with Operation "Torch," and arrived at Londonderry on 03 Nov 1942. For the next four and one-half months she escorted U.K.-Mediterranean convoys, returning to Halifax on 19 Apr 1943, with convoy ONS.2. In May 1943 she joined Western Support Force but in Jun 1943 transferred to EG C-5, MOEF, and during the following four months made three round trips to Londonderry. A major refit, commenced in Oct 1943 at Liverpool, N.S., was completed on 28 Jan 1944, followed by two weeks' working-up in Bermuda. In mid-Apr 1944 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 Aug 1944 until the end of the war she served with EG 41, Plymouth, returning home late in May 1945, to be paid off at Sorel 11 Jul 1945. She was broken up at Hamilton in 1949.

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr William Evans, RCNVR - 28 Jun 1942 - 16 Jan 1944

Lt Jack Errington Moles, RCNVR - 17 Jan 1944 - 11 Jul 1945

  

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

RUDD, George, L/Stoker, V 17436 (RCNVR), killed - 08 Jun 1943

  

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

Beckner, Floyd Wayne Erickson, Walton Earl, L/Telegrapher McCallum, William Aubrey

 

Floyd Wayne Beckner

1920-2009

Walton Earl Erickson

1920-2012

William Aubrey McCallum

1924-1987

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Calder, William Andrew George, Lt, RCNVR - 01 Jun 1943

 

Cameron, William H.

 

David, Charles Frederick, Lt, RCNVR - 26 Mar 1944

 

Evans, William, Lt, RCNVR - 09 Jun 1942

Fraser, Donald McNeish, Lt, RCNVR - 27 Apr 1943

 

Holden, James Albert, Lt, RCNVR - 15 Jun 1942 (Stand by)

 

Johnson, George, Lt, RCNVR - 12 Feb 1944

 

Lillie, Edward Burns, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1944

McGregor, Malcolm Charles, Lt, RCNVR - 08 May 1945

 

Newman, Clyde William, A/War (E), RCNVR - 30 Jan 1944

 

Paddon, William Anthony, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 06 May 1943

 

Walker, John Archibald, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1944

 

 

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