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HMCS NENE K270

Former HMS NENE K270

Then HMS Nene K270 (1945)

 

Laid down: 20 June 1942

Launched: 9 December 1942 as HMS Nene K270

Transferred to the RCN: 4 June 1944

Commissioned: 4 June 1944 as HMCS Nene K270

Decommissioned: 11 June 1945

Returned to the RN: 11 June 1945

Paid off: 6 November 1945

Fate: Broken up at Briton Ferry, Wales, in 1955

 

Named for an English river, Nene was completed in April, 1943, as an RN ship but assigned to Canadian EG 5 based at St. John's. The group was re-numbered EG 6 in November, 1943, to avoid confusion with EG C-5. On November 20 Nene, with Calgary and Snowberry, sank U 536 north of the Azores while escorting the combined convoys MKS.30 and SL.139. From February, 1944, onward Nene was Senior Officer's ship of EG 6. She was transferred to the RCN at Halifax on April 6, 1944, immediately prior to a refit at Dartmouth, N.S., that was not completed until mid-July. She then proceeded to Bermuda to work up, and in August joined EG C-5. After escorting three transatlantic convoys she was transferred in October, 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 May 13, 1945, to join JW.67 for North Russia but was detached on May 16 to escort 14 surrendered U-Boats bound from Trondheim to Loch Eriboll. She arrived at Sheerness on May 27 and was handed back on June 12 to the RN, which placed her in reserve at Southampton. She was broken up at Briton Ferry, Wales, in 1955. (Source: The Ships of Canada's Naval Forces 1910-1981 by Ken Macpherson & John Burgess)

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr E.R. Shaw, RCNR  -  06 Apr 44 - 11 Jun 45

  

 

Dewey Ira Charles Barwis

1924-2008

 

Walter Bond

1918-2009

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 sunk on 20 Nov 1943 by HMCS Nene K270, HMCS Snowberry K166 and HMCS Calgary K231 in position 43-50 N, 19-39 W

 

 

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Former Crew Members

Click on the title to the left to view the former crew member list. These lists are compiled from various books, newspapers and from the members themselves.  Former crew members that are known to have "Crossed the Bar" are not listed in this section.

 

 

 

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