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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project


HMCS Saint John K456


Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1944,   English Channel  1944,   Normandy  1944,   North Sea  1945



Laid down: 28 May 1943

Launched: 25 Aug 1943

Commissioned: 13 Dec 1943

Paid off: 27 Nov 1945

Fate: Sold in 1947 to be broken


Built by Canadian Vickers Ltd., Montreal, Que., she was commissioned on 13 Dec 1943, at Montreal. She arrived at Halifax on 20 Dec 1943 and in Jan 1944, was sent to Bermuda to work up. On her return in Feb 1944 she was based for a short time at Halifax, but in Apr 1944 she was assigned to EG 9 in Londonderry. She departed Halifax on 28/29 Apr 1944 and joined C 3 as escort for convoy HX 289 for her transit to Londonderry, joining EG 9 on her arrival on 12 May 1944. She was present on D-Day. On 01 Sep 1944, she and Swansea sank U 247 off Land's End, and on 16 Feb 1945, Saint John destroyed U 309 in Moray Firth. In Dec 1944, she escorted convoys JW.62 and RA.62 on the North Russia run, to and from Kola Inlet. She arrived at Cardiff for repairs on 27 Feb 1945, and, when these were completed in Apr 1945, proceeded home for tropicalization refit at Saint John, from May to Oct 1945. She was paid off 27 Nov 1945, at Halifax and placed in reserve in Bedford Basin until sold and broken up at Sydney, NS in 1947.


Photos and Documents          The History of HMCS Saint John K456          HMCS Saint John - Our Ship, Their Crew, Her Legacy


Commanding Officers

A/LCdr R.M. Mosher, RCNR - 13 Dec 1943 - 20 Feb 1944

A/LCdr William Rolland Stacey, RCNR - 21 Feb 1944 - 18 Feb 1945

Lt Charles George McIntosh, RCNR - 19 Feb 1945 - 01 Apr 1945

LCdr William Rolland Stacey, RCNR - 02 Apr 1945 - 19 Jun 1945


     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

LIABO, Halvor Vilhelm


MPK - 29 Mar 1945 


     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


Bartlett, Arthur


Breithaupt, David John


Drafted to Saint John 26 Jan 1944 as Surg-Lt, RCNVR

Buckingham, John L.





Calvert, Guy, AB


Cole, Robert


Cooper, Robert Irwin


Corbett, John Harper


Coulson, Bob


Doucette, Charles J.







Freeman, Cable


Drafted to Saint John 02 Dec   1943 (stand by) - 11 Sep 1945 as a SD, RCNVR. Commissioning crew






Guenther, Pete


Served in Saint John Dec 1943 - Nov 1945 as an AB

Harrison, Stephen Andrew


Higgins, Frank Nixon


Served in Saint John as a Radar Operator

Hubley, Allan Murray


Drafted to Saint John 08 Nov 1943 as Lt (E), RCNVR



Johnson, Earl W.


Served in Saint John Apr 1944 - Nov 1945 as a L/Sto and SPO






Laidler, Jack







MacNeil, Hugh


Served in Saint John 12 Nov 1943 - 14 Jul 1944 as a L/SBA

Manning, Ronald


Served in Saint John 12 Dec 1943 - 09 Sep 1945 as an AB / LS

Mason, George Harrison


McLaren, Joseph Thomas


Served in Saint John Feb 1944 - Sep 1945 as an AB

McMillan, A.E.



Panabaker, Jack Leroy


Drafted to Saint John in Jan 1944 as a Slt, RCNVR

Pegg, David J.


Served in Saint John Mar 1944 - Nov 1945 as an AB





Ricalton, Bill


Served in Saint John as PO Bos'n, Buffer






Spencer, Eby Robert Bruce


Stacey, William Roland


2nd Commanding Officer

4th Commanding Officer





Werth, John


Served in Saint John as an ERA

Wilde, Ernest


Wilson, Andrew H.





U-Boats Sunk

U-247 sunk on 01 Sep 1944 by HMCS Saint John K456 and HMCS Swansea K328 in position 49-54 N, 05-49 W

U-309 (Oblt Herbert Loeder) Type VIIC sunk on 16 Feb 1945 by HMCS Saint John K456 in position 58-09 N, 02-23 W (Moray Firth). Of her crew of 47 there were no survivors.


Former Crew Members

Anderson (of Vancouver)


Baird, A. Kenneth

Bedford, Harry, ERA (of Ennismore, ON)

Best, Lt

Billings, Gordon, PO QR1 (May-Aug 1945) (of Victoria, BC)

Birmingham, Andy (of St Catharines, ON)



Brown, William H. (Bill), LSAA2 (Apr 1944 - Jul 1945) (of Enderby, BC)

Burke, Alex (of River Bourgeois, NS)

Cameron, A.B., AB (of Ottawa ON)

Carruthers, John L., L/Sto (12 Dec 1943 - 26 Apr 1944) (of Power River, BC)

Clark (of Saint John)

Copetik, R. (Cope)

Derose, Roy F., Coder (of Fort Saint John, BC)

Dewitt, Charlie (Gordon) (of Fredericton, NB)

Dowell, Sig

Erby, Coder (of Edmonton)


Extence, Alan Barry, Slt, RCNVR - 22 Mar 1944


Farquharson, John (of Charlottetown, PEI)

Fossick, Lloyd (of Digby, NS)


Glencross, Eric, Sig

Goldbero, Willie, Coder


Graham, James William White, Slt, RCNVR - 07 May 1945


Hall, Walter, LS Radar 2 (1943-1945) (of Collingwood, ON)

Hardesty, Jack (of Winnipeg, MB)

Herron, Royal, Tel

Huber, Ernie (of Surrey BC)

Jaggard, Frank Glen, CK (31 May 1944 - 15 Apr 1945) of Grimsby, ON)

Jameson, Charles (of Toronto, ON)

Lazenby, Writer (of Toronto, ON)

Lee, Lt, Guns


LÚveillÚ, Fernand, L/SA, V34164, RCNVR

Livingston, Robert, Tel

McGibbon, Bob, Tel


McIntosh, Charles George, Lt, RCNR - 22 Feb 1944



Moore, Frank (of Kelowna, BC)


Murchison, Kenneth Andrew, Slt, RCNVR - 07 May 1945


Murray, Eldridge (of Syndey, NS)


Nicoll, William Ray, Sig (Nov 1943 - Nov 1945) (of Dryden, ON)

Norman, Lt

Orr, Arthur James, LCdr (E), RCNR - 04 Apr 1944


Osier, Jack, AB (of Oshawa, ON)


Perault, Paul, Tel

Pettigrew, Harvey (of St Thomas, ON)

Poulter, Rodney, ERA3c (12 Dec 1943 - 01 May 1945) (of Deux Montagnes, QC)

Rheubottom, Bud, Torpedo (of Waterdown, ON)

Rose, Coder

Royds, William Edward (Bill) LSSD / A/PO SD, (Dec 43 - Oct 1945) (of Langley, BC)


Seymour, Edward P. 


Sisler, Jim (of South River, ON)

Smith, Radar (of Smooth Rock Falls, ON)


Smith, Malcolm Edward, Lt, RCNVR - 01 Mar 1944


Solberg, Karl, AB (of Campbell River, BC)

Stannard, Len (of Downey, Calif, USA)

Styles, George, CK (of Athens, ON)

Thomas, Wally, LS, Tel

Wright, Ernest C. (Ernie) L/Sto (of Hamilton, ON)

Wright, James F. (Rosebud), L./Sto (12 Dec 1943 - 6 Apr 1944) (of Wesfield, NB)


Photos and Documents


HMCS Saint John K456



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(1) HMCS Chaudiere H99 coming alongside in Londonderry. Photo taken from HMCS Saint John K156  (2) "Woody" (unknown whish sailor is Woody)  (3) HMCS Valleyfield K329 - photo taken from HMCS Saint John K456  (4) Cole - Gunner's Mate  (5) HMCS Saint John K456 at Halifax  (6) Gun crew of HMCS Saint John K456  (7) HMCS Saint John K456  (8) Bill Royds (Centre)


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(9) USN landing craft 355 on D-Day.  (10) Unknown destroyer in the English Channel  (11) Unknown ship - Scotland 1944  (12) HMS Tracker - English Channel 1944  (13) Officers on the bridge of HMCS Saint John K456 in the English Channel  (14)  Gun deck and fo'c's'le of HMCS Saint John K456  (15) HMCS Saint John - Looking aft from mast  (16) HMCS Saint John's ASDIC crew, Halifax 


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(17) Crew of HMCS Saint John enjoying a break, Portland, England  (18) Boat crew securing HMCS Saint John to trot buoy - Scapa Flow  (19) unknown ships at Scapa Flow  (20) HMCS Saint John preparing to raise ship's boat while underway at Scapa Flow  (21-22) CO of HMCS Saint John addressing crew on quarterdeck - Scapa Flow 1944  (23) HMCS Port Colborne - photo taken from HMCS Saint John K456  (24) D-Day 06 Jun 1944 - Frigates leaving Plymouth astern of HMCS Saint John


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(25) English Channel  (26) HMCS Saint John K456 entering or leaving port - location unknown  (27) HMCS Saint John K456 at Halifax  (28) Light line transfer between unknown frigate and HMCS Saint John K456  (29) LS Wilde on HMCS Saint John K456  (30) Gun crew on HMCS Saint John K456  (31) Ducette (possibly Charles Doucette)  (32) Londonderry


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(33) Halifax  (34-35) Murmansk, Russia 7-10 Dec 1944  (36-39) Gibraltar.  Note HMCS Saint John escorted Convoy MKS.74G to Gibraltar, arriving in Gibraltar 10 Jan 1945 


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(40-42) HMCS Saint John K456, Cardiff, Wales for repairs in dry dock Feb-Apr 1945


From the collection of Cable Freeman

Courtesy of Lana James


Newspaper article on the sinking of U-247 by HMCS Saint John K456 and HMCS Swansea K328

From the collection of Albert Tomlinson, Telegraphist, RCN, HMCS Swansea K328

Courtesy of Lt S. Tomlinson, RCN

HMCS St. John K456 with HMCS Stormont K327 in background in "Creeping Attack" practice. Photo taken from HMCS Port Colborne K326

From the collection of Harold Colgan

Courtesy of Randall Colgan