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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: 6 April 1944 as HMCS Nene K270

Paid off: 11 June 1945

Returned to the RN: 11 June 1945

Paid off: 6 November 1945

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

 

Built at South Bank-on-Tees, UK, Nene was named for an English river. She 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 11 to the RN, which placed her in reserve at Southampton. She was broken up at Briton Ferry, Wales, in 1955. 

 

On 12 May 1945, HMCS Loch Alvie K428, HMCS Nene K270, HMCS Matane K444 and HMCS St Pierre K680 departed Clyde with convoy JW.67 bound for Russia. On 16 May 1945, HMCS Loch Alvie and HMCS Nene were detached to escort 14 surrendered U-boats from Trondheim to Loch Eribol.

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr Eric Rigby Shaw, RCNR - 06 Apr 44 - 11 Jun 45

  

 

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 HMCS Nene K270, HMCS Snowberry K166 and HMCS Calgary K231 northeast of the Azores in position 43-50 N, 19-39 W.

 

Galleries:

(Photos and Documents)

Gallery # 1

Former Crew Members:

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

Links:

HMCS Nene - the UBoat.net

HMCS Nene - ReadyAyeReady.com

HMS Nene - Forces War Records

Report on the interrogation of survivors of U-536

 

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