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HMCS KITCHENER K225

HMCS Kitchener K225

DND / RCN photo Negative # A207

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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.

 

Ship's company photos          Photos and Documents

 

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, V17436, RCNVR

died - 08 Jun 1943

  

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Beckner, Floyd Wayne

1920-2009

 

 

 

 

C-D

Caton, William Morrison

1924-2012

DeLancey, Arthur Langley

1915-2000

 

 

 

E-F

Erickson, Walton Earl

1920-2012

 

 

 

 

I-J

Johnson, George

1920-1995

 

 

 

 

M-N

McCallum, William Aubrey

1924-1987

Newman, Clyde William

____-1964

Drafted to Kitchener 30 Jan 1944 as A/War (E), RCNVR

 

 

 

O-P

Plester, Alan Ivan James

1922-1996

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Bolduc, Joseph Lazariate, Cd (E) - 27 Jun 1942 (Stand by) / 28 Jun 1942

 

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

 

Cameron, William H. (Bill)    - Walter H. Cameron - The Memory Project

 

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) / 28 Jun 1942

 

Johnson, George, Lt, RCNVR - 12 Feb 1944

 

Lillie, Edward Burns, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1944

 

McDonald, James Albert, Slt, RCNVR - 28 Jun 1942

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

 

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

 

Penny, John Arthur Stewart, Slt, RCNVR - 28 Jun 1942

 

Smith, Russell John, Mate, RCNR - 28 Jun 1942

 

Walker, John Archibald, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1944

 

Photos and Documents

 

HMCS Kitchener K225

DND / RCN Photo Negative # GM1108-R (or GN1108-R)

HMCS Kitchener K225 - 1943

From the collection of Rex Duce

Courtesy of Melanie Brough

HMCS Kitchener K225 on convoy duty

From the collection of Rex Duce

Courtesy of Melanie Brough

Three Corvette Commanding Officers

Left to right: LCdr WJ McIsaac, RCNVR, HMCS Prescott, LCdr W Evans, RCNVR, HMCS Kitchener, and Lt LR Pavillard, RCNVR, HMCS Camrose 

Newspaper article on HMCS Kitchener K225

From the collection of Alan Plester

Courtesy of Alana Davis

HMCS Kitchener K225 with signatures around the photo

HMCS Kitchener K225

HMCS Kitchener K225

From the collection of Clyde Newman

Courtesy of Lisa Spong

HMCS Kitchener K225 in drydock

From the collection of Clyde Newman

Courtesy of Lisa Spong

Officer on HMCS Kitchener K225

From the collection of Clyde Newman

Courtesy of Lisa Spong

 

Webmaster's note: the album caption says this is the ship's commanding officer, however, both C.O.s of HMCS Kitchener were RCNVR - this officer is RCNR

Shipboard humour on HMCS Kitchener K225

From the collection of Clyde Newman

Courtesy of Lisa Spong

Officers of HMCS Kitchener K225

L-R  unknown;  ship's padre; Wt (E) Clyde Newman

From the collection of Clyde Newman

Courtesy of Lisa Spong

HMCS Kitchener K225 at anchor, Sydney, NS c1945

From the wartime photo collection of Raymond Burton

This photo is not for reproduction, distribution or sale

Copyright Elizabeth Wagner

Sunday morning divisions at sea on HMCS Kitchener K225

DND / RCN photo

 

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