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HMCS OTTAWA H31 (1943)

Former HMS GRIFFIN H31

Former HMCS GRIFFIN H31 (1943)

HMCS Ottawa H31

DND/RCN Photo

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Censor stamp on back dated 20 Nov 1944 . Note that that censor blanked out her pendant number H31 which was just below the Carley float mounted by the bridge.

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1939-45,   Normandy  1944,   English Channel  1944,   Biscay  1944

 

 

Laid down: 20 Sep 1934

Launched: 15 Aug 1935

Commissioned: 06 Jun 1936

Transferred to RCN: 20 Mar 1943

Commissioned: 20 Mar 1943

Re-named: 10 Apr 1943

Paid off: 01 Nov 1945

Placed on Disposal List: 28 Jan 1946

Fate: Broken up in 1946

 

Commissioned on 06 Jun 1936 as HMS Griffin, she took part in the evacuation of Namsos, Norway, in May 1940 before transferring in August to Force 'H' at Gibraltar and in Nov 1940  to the 14th Destroyer Flotilla in the Mediterranean. She subsequently took part in the evacuation of Greece and Crete, embarking 720 troops on one trip from Suda Bay.  She also escorted a relief convoy to Malta. Transferred to the Eastern Fleet in Feb 1942, she returned to the U.K. in Oct 1942 for major refit at Portsmouth and Southampton, toward the end of which, on 20 Mar 1943, she was commissioned at Southampton as HMCS Griffin. On 10 Apr 1943, despite the objections of her captain, she was renamed HMCS Ottawa. She joined EG C-5, based at St. John's as a mid-ocean escort, but was removed from this duty in May 1944, to take part in the invasion with EG 11. During post-invasion patrols in the Channel and the Bay of Biscay she took part with Kootenay in the destruction of three U-boats. Ottawa returned to Canada in Oct 1944, for refit at Saint John, N.B.. On 11 Mar 1945, HMCS Stratford, returning from Bermuda, was involved in a collision with HMCS Ottawa in the Halifax approaches, receiving extensive damage to her fo'c's'le. Ottawa remained in Canadian waters for the duration of the war and was paid off 01 Nov 1945, at Sydney. She was broken up in 1946.

 

Photos and Documents

 

Commanding Officers

Cdr Hugh Francis Pullen, RCN - 20 Mar 1943 - 06 Jun 1943

Cdr Kenneth Frederick Adams, RCN - 09 Jun 1943 - 06 Jul 1943

Cdr Hugh Francis Pullen, RCN - 07 Jul 1943 - 18 May 1944

Cdr James Douglas Prentice, DSO, RCN - 19 May 1944 - 09 Sep 1944

Lt E.P. Earnshaw, RCN - 10 Sep 1944 - 06 Oct 1944

LCdr R.J. Herman, OBE, RCN - 07 Oct 1944 - 11 Oct 1944

Lt N. Cogdon, RCN - 12 Oct 1944 - 04 Feb 1945

A/LCdr Patrick David Budge, DSC, RCN - 05 Feb 1945 - 14 Jul 1945

A/LCdr Geoffrey Huntley Davidson, RCN - 15 Jul 1945 - 31 Oct 1945

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Bell, Robert Felgate

1924-2002

Budge, Patrick David

1904-1998

Drafted to Ottawa H31 on 05 Feb 1945 as a A/LCdr, RCN

 

 

 

C-D

Cond, Angus Lawrence Mowat

____-2005

Cummings, Kealey

1926-2017

Drobot, Thomas

1922-2007

 

 

E-F

Emmerson, Philip Gordon

1916-____

Forbes, James Gardner

1922-2012

 

 

 

G-H

Grant, Kenneth Edward

1916-1963

Served in Ottawa in 1943

Guthrie, Ennis Ray

1925-2017

Harper, Arthur Morrell

1914-2013

Hoole, Maurice Kenneth

____-2014

 

I-J

Johnson, C. Cameron

1923-2010

 

 

 

 

K-L

Keevil, Carl Edward

____-2005

Logan, William Muir

1924-2017

Lowe, John Douglas

1919-2009

Served in Ottawa in 1943 as Slt, RCN

 

 

M-N

MacDonell, Malcolm R.

1921-2014

Mann, Clement Cecil Wallace

1911-2005

Marwood, Robert Ingram

1918-2006

Mattice, Gerald B.

1925-2006

McCreath, Robert

1919-2011

Miller, Hugh Theodore

____-2007

Mitchell, Cameron Eugene

____-2016

Molyneaux, Charles Joseph

1924-2004

 

 

O-P

O'Hanley, John Angus

____-2002

Prentice, James Douglas

1899-1979

4th Commanding Officer

Pullen, Hugh, Francis

1905-1983

1st Commanding Officer

3rd Commanding Officer

 

 

Q-R

Rimmer, Arthur Walter

1920-2016

Robertson, James Douglas

____-2009

Rutherford, Donald Cameron

1922-2004

Drafted to Griffin H31 on 16 Mar 1943, as Lt, RCN, Stand by. Commissioning crew. HMCS Ottawa H31 - 10 Apr 43 as Lt, RCN.

 

 

S-T

Smith, Christopher Gordon

1920-1997

Served in Ottawa in 1945 as Lt, RCN, XO

Timbrell, Robert Walter

1920-2006

Drafted to Ottawa H31 on 08 May 1944 as Lt, RCN

 

 

 

 

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

Anderson, Clarke, AB, RCNVR (of Ottawa, ON) - 1944

 

Baldwin, Robert Permanter, Lt, RCNVR - 10 Apr 1943

 

Betz, Paul, Tel, RCNVR (of Hamilton, ON) - 1944

 

Bulmer, John, LCdr (E), RCNR - 10 Apr 1943

 

Cameron, Chester, LS, RCNR (of Port Colborne, ON) - 1944

 

Cannon, Leslie A., Lt, RCNVR - 19 Feb 1945

 

Corbett, Charles Leonard, A/Gnr (T), RCN - Jan 1945

 

Crompton, William, ERA, RCNVR (of Galt, ON) - 1944

 

Doerner, Carl, ERA, RCNVR (of Kitchener, ON) - 1944

 

Durrant, Douglas Trevor 

 

Eccles, Ron, Sto, RCNVR (of Welland, ON) - 1944


Fairnie, James, LS, RCNVR (of Ottawa, ON) - 1944


Galipeau, John, AB, RCNVR (of Ottawa, ON) - 1944

 

Gogdon, Noel (Nibs) Slt, RCN - 22 May 1943

 

Graham, Tommy, AB, RCNR (of Hamilton, ON) - 1944


Greenough, Art, L/Sig, RCNVR (of Hamilton, ON) - 1944


Guthrie, Raymond, Sto, RCNVR (of Kingston, ON) - 1944

 

Hadrill, Peter Geoffrey, Lt, RCNVR - 16Mar 1943 / Slt, RCN - 10 Apr 1943

Hutcheson, James Robert McLeod, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

 

James, Richard Spencer, A/Lt, RCNVR - 03 Jul 1944

 

Johnson, William, Lt, RCNVR - 07 Jun 1943

 

Kenny, Lorne, Sto, RCNVR (of Ottawa, ON) - 1944


Kermode, James, AB, RCNVR (of port Home, ON) - 1944

 

Korning, Joern Eilert, Lt, RCNR - 10 Apr 1943

 

Laing, Neilson Alexander, Slt, RCNVR - 24 Feb 1945

 

Logan, William, AB, RCNVR (of Renfrew, ON) - 1944

 

Lowe, John Douglas (Darky), Slt, RCN - 10 Apr 1943

 

MacDonald, Edward R., Slt, RCNVR - 15 Feb 1944

 

McDonald, Allen, Sto, RCNVR (of Paris, ON) - 1944


Mearns, Douglas, Sto, RCNVR (of Niagara Falls, ON) - 1944


Merkley, Arden, L/SA, RCNVR (of Kingston, ON) - 1944


Mitchell, Eugene, Tel, RCNVR (of Simcoe, ON) - 1944


Mortimer, Johnny, Sto, RCNVR (of Peterboro, ON) - 1944


Munday, Albert, LS, RCNR (of Goderich, ON) - 1944

 

Palmer, Patrick Ernest, A/Sig/Bos'n, RCN - 12 Feb 1944

 

Parker, Rex Clement, Lt (E), RCNVR - 10 Apr 1943

Ramsey, Clarence, AB, RCNVR (of Belleville, ON) - 1944

 

Roberts, John (Johnny) William, Lt, RCN - 10 Apr 1943

 

Simpson, John William, Lt, RCNVR - 10 Apr 1943

 

Skerritt, George, AB, RCNVR (or Morriston, ON) - 1944

 

Small, James, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 10 Apr 1943

 

Smart, Leonard, ERA, RCNVR (of Niagara, ON) - 1944

 

Sprout, John, Tel, RCNVR (of Hamilton, ON) - 1944

 

Stewart, Donald Arthur, Lt (E), RCNVR - 21 Jul 1944

 

Sunderland, Ean Victor Pearce, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

 

Sunderland, William, L/Sto, RCNVR (of Fruitland, ON) - 1944

 

Tanner, George William, A/Gnr (T), RCN - 10 Apr 1943

 

Upton, Franklin Howard, Slt (E), RCNVR - 29 Mar 1944

 

Welch, Thomas Alan, Lt, RCNVR - 04 May 1944

 

Willis, Delmer, LS, RCNVR (of Seely's Bay, ON) - 1944

 

Wilson, Harris Campbell, Lt, RCNVR - 27 Jan 1944

 

Yoerger, Harold Louis, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 06 Apr 1945

 

Zeller, John, AB, RCNVR (of Guelph, ON) - 1944

 

Photos and Documents

 

HMCS Ottawa H31 - 1943

From the collection of Rex Duce

Courtesy of Melanie Brough

Child of Canadian sailor on active service transported back to Canada of the child's mother was killed in by V-bomb

Crow's Nest newspaper - Jul 1945

Ontario crew members of HMCS Ottawa home on leave

Toronto Evening Telegram 18 Oct 1944

Courtesy of Cal Littlejohn

 

 

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