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HMCS THETFORD MINES K459

HMCS Thetford Mines K459  Source: ReadyAyeReady.com

 

Laid down: 7 July 1943

Launched: 30 October 1943

Commissioned: 24 May 1944

Paid off: 18 November 1945

Sold: 03 January 1946 to Honduran interests

Fate: Unknown

 

Commissioned on May 24, 1944, at Quebec City, Thetford Mines arrived in Bermuda on July 12 to work up, returning to Halifax on August 16. Soon afterward assigned to EG 25, she was transferred with the group to Londonderry in November, and served in U.K. waters from then until VE-Day, working out of 'Derry and for a time out of Rosyth. On March 7, 1945, she helped sink U 1302 in St. George's Channel, and on May 11 arrived in Lough Foyle as escort to eight surrendered U-Boats. She returned home late in May, was paid off November 18 at Sydney and laid up at Shelburne. In 1947 she was sold to a Honduran buyer who proposed converting her into a refrigerated fruit carrier. (Source: The Ships of Canada's Naval Forces 1910-1981 by Ken Macpherson & John Burgess)

 

On 23 Mar 1945, HMCS Thetford Mines rescued 33 of the 47 crewmembers of U-1003 (sunk by HMCS New Glasgow), 16 miles northwest of Innistrahull. Two of the rescued men later died.

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr John Alfred Roberts Allan, DSC, RCNVR - 25 May 44 - 12 Jun 45

Lt J.M.S. Clark, RCNVR - 13 Jun 45 - 30 Jun 45

LCdr John Alfred Roberts Allan, DSC, RCNVR - 01 Jul 45 - 20 Jul 45

A/Cdr T. Gilmour, RCNR - 21 Jul 45 - 18 Nov 45

  

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

Batterson, Frederick Leslie, PO

 

Biggers, Ronald

 

Guildford, Thomas Kerr, RCNVR

McMullen, Joseph, LCdr, RCNR, RCN, Ret'd

 

Weir, David Russell Edwin, CPO, RCN, Ret'd

 

Joseph McMullen

1919-2011

David Russell Edwin Weir

1926-2007

 

 

 

 

U-Boats Sunk

U-1302 (Kptlt Wolfgang Herwatz) a type VIIC/41 U-boat, sunk on 07 Mar 1945 by HMCS La Hulloise K668, HMCS Thetford Mines K459 and HMCS Stathadam K682 in St. George's Channel, position 52-19 N, 05-23 W. Of her crew of 48 there were no survivors.

 

Galleries:

(Photos and Documents)

Gallery # 1

Former Crew Members:

Baker, Allan Aylesworth, Lt (E), RCNVR - 01 Apr 1944

Links:

HMCS Thetford Mines - the UBoat.net

HMCS Thetford Mines - ReadyAyeReady.com

 

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