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HMCS LOCH ACHANALT K424

Former HMS LOCH ACHANALT K424

Then HMNZS PUKAKI F424

HMCS Loch Achanalt K424

 

Laid down: 13 Sep 1943

Launched: 23 Mar 1944

Commissioned: 31 Jul 1944

Paid off: 20 Jun 1945

Returned to the RN: 20 Jun 1945

Transferred to Royal New Zealand Navy: 03 Sep 1948

Paid off: 1965

Fate: Broken up in 1966

 

Built at Leith, Scotland, she was commissioned  on 31 Jul 1944. She worked up at Tobermory and joined EG 6 in Sep 1944 at Londonderry. Loch Achanalt served with the group until VE-Day on A/S patrol and support duty in U.K. waters, based for brief periods at Portsmouth and Plymouth. When the group was transferred to Halifax in Apr 1945, she accompanied it, but left Halifax on 29 May 1945 for Sheerness and there was paid off on 20 Jun 1945 and returned to the RN. She remained in reserve at Sheerness until 1948, when she was sold to the Royal New Zealand navy and renamed Pukaki. She was broken up at Hong Kong in 1966.

 

Commanding Officers

A/LCdr Richard Wallace Hart, RCNVR - 31 Jul 1944 - 26 May 1945

Lt Leonard Douglas Marne Sanders, RCNVR - 27 May 1945 - 20 Jun 1945

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Anderson, Donald DeBlois

____-2010

Bigalke, Otto

1925-2006

 

 

 

C-D

Clark, Joseph Adair Porter

1921-2013

Drafted to Loch Achanalt 08 May 1944 as Lt, RCNVR, Stand by. Commissioning crew

 

 

 

 

E-F

Ells, Frederick Kempton

1922-2017

 

 

 

 

I-J

Johnson, George

1920-1995

Junkin, Bruce Frederick

____-2011

 

 

 

K-L

Kinsey, Bryon Mervin Glyn

____-____

 

 

 

 

M-N

Mark, Arnold Victor

1924-2006

Moore, Carmen S.

____-1980

McGovern, Terrance

____-2005

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

 

C44 = In sep 1944 crew photo

Alexander, R.V.  (C44)

 

Baker, James Dewey, Lt (E), RCNR - 01 Apr 1944 (Stand by) / 31 Jul 1944

 

Ballantyne, Bill  (C44)


Barker, Ronald  (C44)


Beaudet, Rene  (C44)

 

Belt, Richard James, Lt, RCNVR - 25 Mar 1945

 

Bishop, Paul  (C44)


Brown, Earl  (C44)


Brown, Gordon  (C44)


Cassidy, Desmond  (C44)


Centre, Don, LS  (C44)


Clarke, Brian  (C44)

 

Cowan, Denis Kay, Lt, RCNVR - 08 May 1944 (Stand by) / 31 Jul 1944

 

Dorrance, Stirling John, Slt, RCNVR - 07 May 1945

 

Fetterly, Allan Edgar, Lt, RCNVR - 08 May 1944 (Stand by) / 31 Jul 1944

Gorda, Bill  (C44)

 

Hart, Richard Wallace, Lt, RCNVR - 08 May 1944 (Stand by) CO (C44)

 

Herdman, Tom  (C44)


Hill, Roland, PO  (C44)


Jespersen, Carl  (C44)

 

Johnson, George, Lt, RCNVR - 08 May 1944 (Stand by) / 31 Jul 1944


Kavanaugh, Ted  (C44)

 

Kelly, John Joseph Eugene, A/Lt, RCNVR  - 08 May 1944 (Stand by) / 31 Jul 1944


Laval, Joseph  (C44)


Love, John  (C44)

 

MacDonald, Robert Murray, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 13 Jul 1944 (Stand by) / 31 Jul 1944


Naftel, John  (C44)


Newton, Bill  (C44)

Pinkcombe, (Pinky)  (C44)


Polley, Charles  (C44)


Robertshaw, Ivan  (C44)


Salerno, Nick  (C44)


Schmaus, Jack  (C44)


Seymour, Bill  (C44)


Sikorski, Adolph, LS  (C44)


Smith, W.C. (Bud)  (C44)


Strachan, Doug, CPO  (C44)


Sturk, Sid  (C44)


Sullivan, Pat  (C44)


Taylor, PO Tel (POTS)  (C44)


Thomas, Leslie  (C44)


Tierney, Frank  (C44)


Williams, Robert  (C44)

 

Links - Ship's company photos for HMCS Loch Achanalt

 

Photos and Documents (below)

 

HMS Loch Achanalt K424 underway in coastal waters.

Source: IWM Ministery of Defence Foxhill Collection of Ship Photographs FL 14960

HMNZS Pukaki F424

Courtesy of Gordy

Credit: The Late Allan Green Collection Vic Australia

Newspaper on the commissioning of HMCS Loch Achanalt

Courtesy of Doug Benson

HMCS Loch Achanalt

From the collection of Carmen Moore

Courtesy of Ian Moore

HMCS Loch Achanalt

From the collection of Carmen Moore

Courtesy of Ian Moore

Bridge and Fo'c's'le of HMCS Loch Achanalt - photo taken from crow's next

From the collection of Carmen Moore

Courtesy of Ian Moore

Looking aft from the crow's nest on HMCS Loch Achanalt

From the collection of Carmen Moore

Courtesy of Ian Moore

HMCS Loch Achanalt

From the collection of Carmen Moore

Courtesy of Ian Moore

PO SBA Carmen S. Moore on HMCS Loch Achanalt

From the collection of Carmen Moore

Courtesy of Ian Moore

 

From Ian Moore - Loch Achanalt's escort group was involved in sinking of U-1006 by HMCS Annan. Loch Achanalt stopped to pickup survivors from U-1006 - one of whom named Karl Deeg had shrapnel removed from his neck/back by dad. (I had his dog tag souvenir). What dad did not know was that while Loch Achanalt was stopped,  U-1003 apparently fired a 3 torpedo spread at her. Fortunately for me, born in 46, they all missed.

PO SBA Carmen S. Moore on HMCS Loch Achanalt

From the collection of Carmen Moore

Courtesy of Ian Moore

HMCS Loch Achanalt K424

From the collection of Russell Robinson

Courtesy of Paul Robinson

 

 

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