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HMCS KOOTENAY H75

HMCS Kootenay H75

From the collection of Rex Duce

Courtesy of Melanie Brough

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1943-45,   Normandy  1944,   English Channel  1944,   Biscay  1944

 

 

Laid down: 21 Jun 1931

Launched: 07 Jun 1932

Commissioned: 04 Apr 1933

Transferred to RCN: 12 Apr 1943

Commissioned: 12 Apr 1943

Paid off: 26 Oct 1945

Fate: Sold for scrap in 28 Jan 1946 

 

Built at Southampton, England, she was commissioned on 04 Apr 1933 as HMS Decoy, and at the outbreak of the war was with the 21st Destroyer Flotilla, East Indies Fleet. The flotilla was transferred later that month to the Mediterranean and in Jan 1940, to the South Atlantic. Decoy was reassigned in May 1940, to the Mediterranean Fleet, and on 13 Nov 1940 was damaged by bombs at Alexandra, requiring ten weeks' repairs at Malta. While in the Mediterranean she took part in the evacuation of Greece and Crete, and in the supply run to Tobruk. Then assigned to the Eastern Fleet in Jan 1942, she returned to Britain in Sep 1942 for a major refit at Jarrow-on-Tyne. There, on 12 Apr 1943, she was transferred to the RCN as Kootenay, and after working up at Tobermory, was assigned to EG C-5, MOEF. In May 1944, she became a member of EG 11 and was present on D-Day. In succeeding months she carried out patrols in the Channel and the Bay of Biscay, and while thus engaged took part in the sinking of U 678, 06 Jul 1944, south of Brighton; U 621, 18 Aug 1944, off La Rochelle; and U 984, 20 Aug 1944, west of Brest. She sailed for Shelburne, N.S., in mid-Sep 1944, for a major refit, returning to the U.K. in the spring of 1945. Following workups at Tobermory she operated out of Plymouth until the end of May, then returned to Canada, where she made six round trips as a troop transport between Newfoundland and Quebec City. She was paid off into reserve at Sydney on 26 Oct 1945, and in 1946 sold for scrapping.

 

  Ship's company photos          Photos and Documents

 

Commanding Officers

A/LCdr Kenneth Lloyd Dryer, DSC, RCN - 12 Apr 1943 - 28 Mar 1944

A/LCdr William Herbert Willson, DSC, RCN - 29 Mar 1944 - 26 Oct 1945

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

MacCORKINDALE, Robert John

Ordnance Artificer, V/39411, RCNVR

MPK - 19 Feb 1944 

MacDOUGALL, Elton West

Stoker, V/12820, RCNVR

killed - 14 Jun 1943 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Angus, Ian

____-1989

Drafted to Kootenay 12 Apr 1943 as a Lt, RCNVR

Berry, Peter Cushing

1923-2006

Drafted to Kootenay H00 on 16 Feb 1944 as Slt, RCNVR, Gunnery Officer

Brown, Gerald Anthony

1922-2011

 

 

C-D

Campbell, William Burton

____-2004

Carroll, David Russell

1920-2009

Coleman, Geoff

1925-2012

Duce, Rex

1926-1974

Served in Kootenay 1944 - 1945

Dyer, Kenneth Lloyd

1915-2000

1st Commanding Officer

E-F

Everett, Alfred William

1921-2016

Drafted to Kootenay 04 Dec 1944 as Lt, RCN

Fairney, Daniel Hugh

1916-2011

Forster, Dennis Thompson

1916-2005

Drafted to Kootenay 12 Apr 1943 as Lt (E), RCN

Freeman, Russell

____-2017

 

G-H

Glasser, Anton Andrew

____-2008

Gray, William Henderson

1919-2004

Hayhurst, William Henry

1923-1978 

Heffer, Clifford Waldo

1920-2007

 

K-L

Kusick, Alexander

1922-2012

Latter, Edward Joseph Paul

1920-2014

Served in Kootenay in 1944 as a LS

Lloyd, Evan Sidney

____-1998

Drafted to Kootenay 01 Apr 1944 as Paym-Lt, RCNVR

 

 

M-N

MacFarlane, George A.D

1925-2002

Martyn, Donald Murray

____-2014

Morningstar, L. Douglas

____-2011

Nordlund, Hough Arnold

1922-2016

 

O-P

Porter, Henry Allan

1920-2016

Commissioning crew as Slt

 

 

 

 

Q-R

Collins, Robert Cecil

1922-2017

 

 

 

 

S-T

Thompson, Claude Ranson

1925-2013

Thompson, Joseph Victor

1925-2016

Thomson, James

1926-2018

 

 

W-X

White, William Albert

1917-2011

Served in Kootenay in 1944 as a PO.Ck

 

 

 

 

 

U-Boats Sunk

U-678 (Oblt Guido Hyronimus) a VIIC Type U-Boat, sunk on 06 Jul 1944 by HMCS Ottawa H31, HMCS Kootenay H75 and HMS Statice in position 50-32 N, 00-23 W. There were no survivors of her crew of 52.

U-621 sunk on 18 Aug 1944 by HMCS Ottawa H31, HMCS Kootenay H75 and HMCS Chaudiere H99 in position 45-52N, 02-36 W

U-984 sunk on 20 Aug 1944 by HMCS Ottawa H31, HMCS Kootenay H75 and HMCS Chaudiere H99 in position 42-20 N, 51-39 W

 

Former Crew Members

Boutilier, Gilbert, AB (of Glace Bay, NS) - 1944

 

Cooke, Murray Hamel, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

 

Crowell, Seth, LS (of Amherst, NS) - 1944

 

Dobell, Alfred Martin, Slt, RCNVR - 27 Jul 1944

 

Eliott, William Jackson, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 12 Apr 1943

 

Emsley, Charles D., CPO (of Rockingham, NS) - 1944

 

Fleming, Francis, AB (of Halifax, NS) - 1944

 

Freeman, Russell, Cd/Gnr (T), RCN - 30 Mar 1943 (Stand by) / 12 Apr 1943

Graham, Roscoe Barry, Slt (E), RCNVR - 12 Apr 1943

 

Hadrill, Peter Geoffrey, Lt, RCNVR - 29 Jan 1945

 

Heisler, Arthur, AB (of Dartmouth, NS) - 1944

 

Hutton, Robert Barclay, Slt, RCNVR - 05 Feb 1945

 

Jestley, Lyle Hilliard, Lt, RCNVR - 16 Feb 1945

 

Lloyd, Evan Sidney, Paym/Lt, RCNVR - 01 Apr 1944

 

Lockhart, William, AB (of Avonport, NS) - 1944

 

MacDonald, Frank Van Evary, Lt, RCNVR - 12 Apr 1943

McCarthy, Malcolm George, Lt, RCNVR - 30 Mar 1944

 

McDonald, Arthur Hathaway, Slt, RCN - 12 Apr 1943

 

Molson, Percival Tlbot, Lt, RCNVR - 12 Apr 1943

 

Tidmarsh, William Wendell, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 16 Mar 1945

 

Twining, Russell Conrell, Lt, RCNVR - 12 Apr 1943

 

Yeorger, Harold Louis, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 16 Feb 1945

 

Photos and Documents

 

HMCS Kootenay H75

Source: MOD Foxhill - FL 11211

View from HMCS Kootenay, which has fired Hedgehog charges during the action in which Escort Group 11 sank the German submarine U-621, 18 Aug 1944. HMCS Ottawa is visible in the background.

Source: Lt Richard Graham Arless / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-190084

HMCS Kootenay H75, date unknown

Courtesy of Steve Rowland

HMCS Kootenay H75

From the collection of HJ Simmons

Courtesy of RCSCC Bowmanville

Sparkers on HMCS Kootenay H75 - 1943

From the collection of Rex Duce

Courtesy of Melanie Brough

"What a mess"

Crew members of HMCS Kootenay - 1943

From the collection of Rex Duce

Courtesy of Melanie Brough

"Huff-Duff"

Harry Hayhurst (left) and Rex Duce on HMCS Kootenay H75 holding a pail marked H/F D/F

From the collection of Rex Duce

Courtesy of Melanie Brough

 

Webmaster's note: this must have been one of those highly secretive pieces of equipment we kept hidden from the Germans

HMCS Kootenay H75 working up in the North Atlantic

From the collection of Rex Duce

Courtesy of Melanie Brough

"Kootenay Mates"

Crew members of HMCS Kootenay H75 relaxing on the uppers

From the collection of Rex Duce

Courtesy of Melanie Brough

"Kootenay Mates"

A group shot of a few of HMCS Kootenay H75's crew

From the collection of Rex Duce

Courtesy of Melanie Brough

British Sloop

Photo taken from HMCS Kootenay H75

From the collection of Rex Duce

Courtesy of Melanie Brough

"Kootenay in Newfie"

HMCS Kootenay H75 at St. John's, Nfld

From the collection of Jim Silvester

Courtesy of Jim Silvester

Nova Scotian crew members of HMCS Kootenay H75

The Halifax Chronicle 30 Sep 1944

Researched by / Courtesy of George Newbury

 

Front L-R: AB George MacFarlane, Pictou;  CPO Charles D. Emsley, Rockingham; Pay-Lt Evan Lloyd, Halifax; AB Francis Fleming, Halifax

Rear L-R: AB William Lockhart, Avonport; LS Seth Crowell, Amherst; AB Gilbert Boutilier, Glace Bay; PO Cook William A. White, Halifax; LS Edward Latter, Halifax; AB Arthur Heisler, Dartmouth

 

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