Royal Canadian Air Force attacks Against Submarines during WWII -Battle of Atlantic 1939-1945 Compiled by Roger Litwiller © Date U-Boat Sqn/Base/AC/Pilot/ Latitude/Longitude Details 31 Jul 1942 U754 Sunk 113 Squadron RCAF Yarmouth, NS Hudson BW 625 “I” S/L N.E. Small 4302N 6425W South East of Cape Sable. 1st successful attack by Eastern Air Command. 30 […]
Canadian & Newfoundland Merchant Navy Losses –Battle Of Atlantic in WWII 1939 to 1945 By: Roger Litwiller © 1939 26 August 1939 -Admiralty signals FUNNEL to Commonwealth & British navies. Commonwealth merchant ships placed under naval control. 7 September 1939 -RCN informed by British Admiralty convoys should begin Halifax to UK immediately, Senior Officer (SO) Halifax to […]
RCN Victory’s/Losses Battle Of Atlantic in WWII 1939 to 1945 By: Roger Litwiller © 1939 26 August 1939 -Admiralty signals FUNNEL to Commonwealth & British navies. Commonwealth merchant ships placed under naval control. 31 August 1939 -HMCShips FRASER & ST. LAURENT ordered “With Dispatch” from Esquimalt to Halifax. Arrive in time to escort first convoy WWII from […]
During the Second World War a fierce and decisive battle was fought on the world’s oceans and seas. Collectively it has become known as the Battle Of Atlantic. Winning this battle would determine the outcome of the war. The momentous responsibility of winning or losing WWII fell on Canada. The Second World War would have been […]
2017 has been a very busy year on my social media. In January I started a campaign of posting “On This Day in RCNHistory,” in addition to my “RCN Photo of the Day”. This has lead to a very active year on my Twitter and Facebook feeds with over 2 million hits on Twitter alone. […]
If you look at any ship in the Royal Canadian Navy today, you will see a bright red Maple Leaf proudly displayed on the funnel or helicopter hangar. This has become a unique tradition in the RCN and was born from our sailors who served in the Battle of the Atlantic during World War II. Canada […]
HMCS ADVERSUS –Auxiliary Patrol Vessel, grounded on Mc Nutt Island in a gale off Shelburne NS and was lost, on 20 December 1941. All sixteen of her ship’s company survived. ADVERSUS was taken over by the RCN from the RCMP along with her sister ALACHASE in September 1939 and immediately converted for anti-submarine patrols. On […]
On 7 December 1941, HMCS WINDFLOWER was lost in collision with the freighter SS Zypenburg off St. John’s, NF. Twenty-three of the RCN corvette’s ship’s company were killed in the incident. At the time, WINDFLOWER was part of the mid-ocean escort for SC 58, a convoy of forty-nine merchant ships that had left Sidney, NS. […]
HMC Motor Torpedo Boat 463, sank after striking a mine in the English Channel on 8 July 1944. The “G” type Motor Torpedo Boat carried a ship’s company of seventeen RCN sailors, five were wounded, fortunately none were killed. Photos courtesy of the Naval Museum of Manitoba.
HMC MTB 460, struck a mine in the English Channel on 2 July 1944, of her ship’s company of 17 RCN sailors, 11 were killed. MTB 460 was a “G “type Motor Torpedo Boat assigned to the 29th Motor Torpedo Boat Flotilla. Photos courtesy the Naval Museum of Manitoba.