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HMCS NENE K270

Former HMS NENE K270

Then HMS Nene K270 (1945)

HMS Nene K270

Source: IWM Ministry of Defence Foxhill Collection of Ship Photographs

 

Battle honours and awards:  Biscay  1943,  Arctic  1943-44,   Atlantic  1943-44,   North Sea  1945

 

 

Laid down: 20 June 1942

Launched: 9 December 1942

Commissioned:  08 Apr 1943

Transferred to the RCN: 06 Apr 1944

Commissioned: 06 Apr 1944

Paid off: 11 Jun 1945

Returned to the RN: 11 Jun 1945

Paid off: 06 Nov 1945

Fate: Broken up in 1955

 

Built at South Bank-on-Tees, UK, Nene was named for an English river. Commissioned  as HMS Nene, she was assigned to Canadian EG 5 based at St. John's, the group was re-numbered EG 6 in Nov 1943, to avoid confusion with EG C-5. On 20 Nov 1943 HMS Nene, with HMCS Calgary and HMCS Snowberry, sank U 536 north of the Azores while escorting the combined convoys MKS.30 and SL.139. From Feb 1944, onward Nene was Senior Officer's ship of EG 6. She was transferred to the RCN at Halifax on 06 Apr 1944, immediately prior to a refit at Dartmouth, N.S., that was not completed until mid-Jul 1944. She then proceeded to Bermuda to work up, and in Aug 1944 joined EG C-5. After escorting three transatlantic convoys she was transferred in Oct 1944, to EG 9, Londonderry. Except for a trip to North Russia with convoy JW.62, Nene served in U.K. waters until the end of the war, based at various times at Londonderry, Plymouth, Rosyth, and Portsmouth. She left Greenock 12 May 1945, to join JW.67 for North Russia but was detached on 16 May 1945 to escort 14 surrendered U-Boats bound from Trondheim to Loch Eriboll. She arrived at Sheerness on 27 May 1945 and was handed back on 11 Jun 1945 to the RN, which placed her in reserve at Southampton. She was broken up at Briton Ferry, Wales, in 1955.

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr Eric Rigby Shaw, RCNR - 06 Apr 1944 - 11 Jun 1945

 

 

Dewey Ira Charles Barwis

1924-2008

 

Walter Bond

1918-2009

Jack Allen Drysdale

1923-2009

Samuel Urquhart Forsythe

1924-2013

Donald Gilbert

1926-1984

 

Ronald J. Graham

1924-2010

John P. Inglis

1923-2012

Rolland Lefebvre

1926-2010

Roderick Alexander MacAulay

1924-2013

John Mason

1924-2011

Walter D. O'Hearn

1910-1969

Earl F. Piper

1925-2014

Fernand Eugene Poirier

1920-2010

     

 

U-Boats Sunk

U-536 (Kplt Rolf Schauenburg) sunk on 20 Nov 1943 by HMS Nene K270, HMCS Snowberry K166 and HMCS Calgary K231 northeast of the Azores in position 43-50 N, 19-39 W.

 

Former Crew Members

Brandy, James Howard, Lt, RCNVR - 30 Mar 1944 (Stand by) / 06 Apr 1944

 

Coombs, Paul Barr, Slt, RCNVR - 06 Jul 1944

 

Greenaway, Robert Ernest, Slt (E) - 10 Apr 1944 / Lt (E), RCNVR - 07 Feb 1945

Gudewill, Edward Hamilton, Slt, RCNVR - 04 Apr 1944 (Stand by) / 06 Apr 1944

 

Hunt, Dougald Gover, Paym/Lt, RCNVR - 17 Jun 1944

 

Murphy, Arthur Alexander, A/Lt, RCNVR - 09 Jun 1944

Roed, Botha, Lt, RCNR - 10 Apr 1944

 

Shaw, Eric Rigby, LCdr, RCNR - 28 Mar 1944 (Stand by) CO

 

Taylor, James, LT, RCNVR - 06 Apr 1944

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

 

Links

 

Report on the interrogation of survivors of U-536

 

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