Flower Class Corvette




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Battle honours and awards:  Gulf of St. Lawrence  1942,   Atlantic  1942-44,   Mediterranean  1943,   English Channel  1944-45



Laid down: 07 Jun 1941

Launched: 12 Nov 1941

Commissioned: 24 May 1942

Paid off: 06 Jul 1945

Fate: Sold to commercial use, last reported in 1952.


Built by Morton Engineering & Dry Dock Co., Quebec City, Que, she was laid down on 07 Jun 1941 as HMCS QUEBEC. Renamed in Apr 1942, she was commissioned on 24 May 1942, at Quebec City as HMCS VILLE DE QUEBEC K242. She sailed for Halifax on 06 Jun 1942, and arrived there on 12 Jun 1942 having escorted Quebec-Sydney convoy QS.7 en route. After a brief period for final fitting of equipment, she sailed on her first operation cruise on 06 Jul 1942. Late in Jul 1942, after working up at Pictou, she was assigned to WLEF and used almost exclusively as an escort to convoys between Boston and Halifax. In Sep 1942 VILLE DE QUEBEC was allocated to Operation "Torch." For her Atlantic crossing she was assigned as escort to Convoy HX-212. Not being a regular member of the escort group, she was assigned to pick up survivors. When she arrived in Liverpool on 21 Sep 1942, she landed 172 merchant seamen from some of the six ships that had been torpedoed and sunk. She arrived at Londonderry on 10 Nov 1942, sailing again on 26 Nov 1942 as escort to convoy KMS.4G to Bone, North Africa. For the succeeding four months was employed on U.K.-Mediterranean convoys. On 13 Jan 1943, she sank U 224 west of Algiers. She made one attach with depth-charges and, as she was turning to make another, saw the U-boat break surface in the middle of the depth-charge pattern VILLE DE QUEBEC turned and rammed the U-boat, sinking it. She returned to Canada in Apr 1943, carried out brief repairs at Halifax, then arrived at Gaspé on 12 May 1943 to join Quebec Force, escorting Quebec-Sydney and Quebec-Labrador convoys. In Sep 1943 she returned to Halifax and later that month joined EG W-2, WLEF. In mid-Jan 1944, she began an extensive refit at Liverpool, N.S., completing early in May 1944, and on 22 May 1944 left for a month's workups in Bermuda. On her return she joined EG C-4 for one round trip to Londonderry, transferring in Sept 1944 to EG 41, Plymouth. Based at Milford Haven, she served with that group for the balance of the war. On 22 Apr 1945, HMCS VILLE DE QUEBEC K242 returned to Halifax with convoy ONS.2, and was later paid off on 06 Jul 1945 at Sorel. Sold for mercantile use in 1946 and renamed Dispina; Dorothea Paxos in 1947; Tanya in 1948; and Medex in 1949. She was listed on Lloyd's Register until 1952.


U-Boats Sunk:  U-224 (Oblt Hans-Carl Kosbadt) sunk on 13 Jan 1943 by HMCS VILLE DE QUEBEC in position 36-28 N 00-49 E. Of  her crew of 45 there was one survivor, rescued by HMCS PORT ARTHUR K233.



Photos and Documents          The Ship's Bell



Commanding Officers


LCdr Douglas George Jeffrey, RCNR - 25 May 1942 - 29 Sep 1942

Lt I.H. Bell, RCNVR - 30 Sep 1942 - 11 Oct 1942

LCdr Albert Robert Ernest Coleman, RCNR - 12 Oct 1942 - 12 Jun 1943

LT John LeMesurier Carter, RCNVR - 13 Jun 1943 - 12 Mar 1944

Lt Colin Stinson Glassco, RCNVR - 13 Mar 1944 - 01 May 1944 

LCdr Henry Clifford Hatch, RCNVR - 02 May 1944 - 06 Jul 1945



     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     


BRITTIN, Robert H.


died - 15 Jul 1944



Died: 06 Dec 1944



     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten




Former Crew Members


Arsenault, Frank


Bass, P., SPO, RCNVR (of Toronto) - 1943


Blue, J.W., AB, RCN (of Webbwood, ON) - 1943


Brooks, N.E., AB, RCNVR (of Windsor, ON) - 1943


Chamberlain, F.J., Sto 1c, RCNVR (of Windsor, ON) - 1943


Colebrook, James, AB, RCN - No. 1 Oerlikon gun crew - 1943


Craig, G.H., AB, RCNVR, (of Windsor, ON) - 1943


Dear, N.H., Coder, RCNVR (of London, ON) - 1943


Delisle, C.H., AB, RCN (of Windsor, ON) - 1943


Doherty, J.S., Sto 1c, RCNVR (of Stratford, ON) - 1943


Donovan, George Robinson, SLt, RCNVR - 14 Feb 1944


Edward, J.R., AB, RCNVR (of London, ON) - 1943


Farquhar, M.P., OS, RCNVR (of Woodstock, ON) - 1943


Featherson, W.W., Tel, RCNVR (of Windsor, ON) - 1943


Fry, Herbert I. Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945


Gray, T.J., Sig, RCNVR (of Hamilton, ON) - 1943

Hatrick, Raymond Gardiner, Lt, RCNVR - Mar 1943 


Heaslip, W.T., SLt, RCNVR - Mar 1943


Hutchinson, W.D., AB, RCNVR (of Toronto, ON) - 1943


Jeffrey, Douglas George, LCdr, RCNR - 28 Apr 1942 (Stand by) CO / 25 May 1942


Laforme, R.C., Ck, RCNVR (of Hamilton, ON) - 1943


Leacock, Arthur Murdoch, SLt, RCNVR - 20 Feb 1945


Lee, G., Sig, RCNVR (of Toronto, ON) - 1943


MacKay, J.B., AB, RCNVR (of Tavistock, ON) - 1943


MacLean, Douglas Thistle, SLt, RCNVR - 18 May 1943


McLean, James William, SLt, RCNVR - 24 Apr 1942 (Stand by) / 25 May 1942


McNeil, Alexander, Ch/Skpr, RCNR - 22 May 1942 (Stand by) / 25 May 1942


Miller, J.L., L/SA, RCNVR (of Ottawa, ON) - 1943


Miller, Stanley F., AB, RCN (of Saskatoon) - 1943


Mitchell, J., C.E.R.A., RCNVR (of Leamington, ON) - 1943


Morin, W.J., Coder, RCNVR (of Lakefield, ON) - 1943


Mullinger, H.H., Lt, RCNVR - Mar 1943

Nares, P., SLt, RCNVR - Mar 1943


Oake, Raymond, AB, RCNR - No 1 Oerlikon gun crew (of Sydney, NS) - 1943


Porten, A.J., AB, RCNVR (of Windsor, ON) - 1943


Pruder, Clarence Elgin, A/Wt (E), RCNVR - 14 Apr 1944


Reid, John, AB, RCNR (of Ottawa, ON) - 1943


Rowland, William John, Lt, RCNVR - 31 May 1943


Saves, J.G., ERA, RCNVR (of Port Arthur, ON) - 1943


Segave, L.J., AB, RCNR (of Chatham, ON) - 1943


Sharron, J.G., AB, RCNVR (of Ottawa, ON) - 1943


Snyder, B., AB, RCNVR (of Windsor, ON) - 1943

Spencer, A.J., OS, RCNVR (of Port Arthur, ON) - 1943

Thomson, R., Coder, RCNVR (of Toronto, ON) - 1943


Wallace, Lawrence James, SLt, RCNVR - 24 Apr 1942 (Stand by) / 25 May 1942


Walsh, Donald J., L/Ck, RCNVR - No. 1 Oerlikon gun crew (of Toronto, ON) - 1943


Young, J.L., L/Sig, RCNVR (of Hamilton, ON) - 1943




Photos and Documents







(VDQ001) Painting of HMCS VILLE DE QUEBEC K242 ramming U-224  //  Source: Canadian War Museum

(VDQ002) LCdr A.R.E. Coleman, RCNR, Commanding Officer of HMCS VILLE DE QUEBEC, looking through a pair of binoculars on the bridge of his ship at Gibraltar  //  Source: IWM Admiralty Official Collection A 15475

(VDQ003) Robert Thomson's dog on HMCS VILLE DE QUEBEC K242  //  Courtesy of Mark A. Thomson

(VDQ004) Article on the sinking of U-224 by HMCS VILLE DE QUEBEC K242  //  Leamington Post & New 13 May 1943  //  Courtesy of Robert Thomas







(VDQ006) HMCS VILLE DE QUEBEC K242 sinks U-224  //  From the collection of J. Vincent Wesley, CPO, RCNVR  //  Courtesy of Marilynn Taylor

(VDQ007) Officers on the bridge of the corvette HMCS VILLE DE QUEBEC, Lauzon, Québec, Canada, 1942. (L-R): LCdr D.G. Jeffrey, Commanding Officer of HMCS VILLE DE QUEBEC; Commander J.M.L. Gauvreau  //  Source: Guy J.A. Goulet / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-115561

(VDQ008) Officer on HMCS VILLE DE QUEBEC K242, 08 Mar 1943, Gibraltar  //  Back row L-R: SLt P Nares, RCNVR, SLt WT Heaslip, RCNVR, SLt JW McLean, RCNVR  //  Front row L-R: Lt RC Hatrick, RCNVR, Lt DL Miller, RCNVR, and Lt HH Mullinger, RCNVR

(VDH009) Officers and ratings of HMCS VILLE DE QUEBEC K242 that were onboard when she sank U-224  // Source: Operation Picture Me