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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS CHILLIWACK K131

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Crew of HMCS Chilliwack boarding U-744 on March 6, 1944.

Source: Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-112996

Signalman Jack R. Starr of HMCS Chilliwack, which took part in sinking U-744 on 06 Mar 1944. Londonderry, Northern Ireland, 27 Mar 1944. 

Source: Lt J.D. Mahoney / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-204652

Boarding party from the corvette HMCS Chilliwack which boarded the German submarine U-744 on 06 Mar 1944. England, 27 Mar 1944.

(Front row, L-R): CERA Longbottom, Stoker Jenkins, AB Makeranko and Lawrie, PO Wilson, Signalman Starr. (Rear row, L-R): Telegrapher Martin, Lieuts Atherton, Dunn and Hearn, AB Passerini

Source: Lt John D. Mahoney / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-141569

The mast of HMCS Chilliwack K131 at HMCS Star, Hamilton

Courtesy of Neil Bell, LCdr, RCN, Ret'd

Curator HMCS Star Historical Collection

Plaque at the base of the mast from HMCS Chilliwack at HMCS Star, Hamilton

Courtesy of Neil Bell, LCdr, RCN, Ret'd

Curator HMCS Star Historical Collection

Name plate HMCS Chilliwack K131 at HMCS Star, Hamilton

Courtesy of Neil Bell, LCdr, RCN, Ret'd

Curator HMCS Star Historical Collection

HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Gerald James Ryan

Courtesy of Kevin Ryan

HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Gerald James Ryan

Courtesy of Kevin Ryan

Gerald James Ryan

 

Born: 01 Oct 1925   Crossed the Bar: 20 Nov 1997

 HMCS Chilliwack, HMCS Oakville

 photo circa 1945

Courtesy of Kevin Ryan

Gerald James Ryan in Halifax circa 1943

From the collection of Gerald James Ryan

Courtesy of Kevin Ryan

Convoy escorts surround U-744 - 06 Mar 1944

From the collection of Wilson Reginald McMurdo

Courtesy of Scott Wilson McMurdo

Captured crew members from U-744

From the collection of Wilson Reginald McMurdo

Courtesy of Scott Wilson McMurdo

HMCS Chilliwack K131 circa 1943-1944

Photo taken from HMCS Kamloops K176

From the collection of Kenneth Medford, DSM

Courtesy of Gary Medford

HMCS Chilliwack K131 circa 1941

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

HMCS Chilliwack K131 circa 1941

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Pierre, George and Doug on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Billy on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Bill and Doug on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"The Barrens of Iceland"

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Pierre in Iceland - in background, farmer moving hay bales on horses

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

 

Icelandic farmer moving hay bales on horses

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

The boys of Chilliwack in Iceland

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

'Swain and Brownie (right) ashore in Iceland

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Brownie with Icelandic pony

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Local riding an Icelandic pony

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Boys ashore in Iceland waiting for boat to take them back to HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"Boys in Iceland" on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

HMCS Chilliwack K131 at anchor, Iceland circa 1941

(Chilliwack is the corvette on the left)

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Army blokes in Iceland - Limeys

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Corvettes in Line Abreast formation

Photo taken from HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Christmas Day in Iceland

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

HMCS Chilliwack K131 "heading back to Newfie John"

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Convoy to the U.K.

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Convoy

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Erin (Ireland)

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

 

Loch Foyle, Ireland

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Castle in Irish Free State

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Londonderry Sunset

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Goodbye to Derry

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Goodbye Erin

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Convoy astern of HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Scotty and Pooky on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Scoote and a flounder on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"Flounders"

HMCS Chilliwack's crew holding the catch of the day

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"and more fish"

HMCS Chilliwack's crew holding the catch of the day

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"Cut her up chief"

The catch of the day being cleaned and cut up

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Quartermaster (QM) Pooky on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Robert Macklem on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"The Rugged Line"

Three unknown sailors on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"The Rugged King"

Unknown sailor on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Quarterdeck of HMCS Chilliwack K131 from the Yardarm

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"Montreal Kid"

Unknown sailor on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"No more shore leave"

Two unknown sailors and HMCS Chilliwack's mascot, Champ, watching the shoreline disappear as they head out to sea

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Port side aft, looking forward on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Portside, midships looking forward on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Kathy the Cat

Ship's Mascot of HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Ken and Champ between the depth charge rails on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Ken holding ship's mascot Champ, and two unknown sailors sitting on the depth charge rails on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"Chilliwack Iced Up"

Minesweeping gear and depth charges on HMCS Chilliwack K131 covered in ice

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Danny on the windlass on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Danny by the 4-inch gun on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"Doug and S2"

Doug by a depth charge thrower on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Doug standing on the guard rail and holding the jack staff on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

4-inch gun on HMCS Chilliwack K131 - photo taken from the wheelhouse

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Atlantic Charter Conference

Placentia Bay, NFLD 9-12 Aug 1941

 

 

Above:  HMS Ripley and HMS Prince of Wales

 

      

 

Left: The battleship HMS Prince of Wales     Centre: Ships at anchor, Placentia Bay, NFLD    

 

Right: "End of a Rendezvous" - The battleship HMS Prince of Wale in the distance in the centre of the photo

 

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

 

Historical note: The first wartime meeting of Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt, the so-called "Atlantic Conference" or "Atlantic Charter Conference", was held from 9-12 August 1941. The conference took place off Ship Harbor, Placentia Bay, Newfoundland (Canada).  Roosevelt already arrived as early as 7 August in Placentia Bay aboard the heavy cruiser USS "Augusta", escorted by the heavy cruiser USS "Tuscaloosa", and the destroyers "Madison", "Moffett", "Sampson", "Winslow" and "McDougal". Churchill arrived on 9 August from England aboard the battleship HMS "Prince of Wales", escorted by the British destroyer HMS "Ripley" and the Canadian destroyers HMCS "Restigouche" and "Assiniboine". The first meeting of the US president and the British prime minister took place on 9 August on board of the "Augusta". Their second meeting was held on 10 August aboard the "Prince of Wales", and the following day the conference continued on the "Augusta" again, which also was the location of the final meeting on 12 August. After the conference ended that day, both Churchill and Roosevelt left Placentia Bay on the same ships and with the same escort vessels they arrived with four days earlier. The principal result of the meeting was the issuance of the Atlantic Charter which for security reasons, was dated two days after the closing of the conference. The Atlantic Charter, with its eight principles for a better postwar world, was in fact the genesis of the United Nations. The name "United Nations" was first used in the published joint, or "United Nations," declaration of January 1, 1942, in which all of the Allied nations pledged themselves to support the principles of the Atlantic Charter.

White Ensign on HMCS Chilliwack K141

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

HMCS Chilliwack K131 - Flag host for oiling up

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Flag hoist signal on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Frank doing a handstand just aft of the funnel on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Gordon and Monae - HMCS Chilliwack secured alongside

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"Green one"

HMCS Chilliwack K131 bites into a wave

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

The Chief and John working on the minesweeping gear on HMCS Chilliwack K131

 From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

ST Shack (or what's left of it) on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Sailors of HMCS Chilliwack on the bandstand

 

     

 

(1) Boyd, AA3   (2) "Bluenose"   (3) Robert Macklem

 

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

HMS Berwick and corvettes of W-4

Photo taken from HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

"The Boys"

HMCS Chilliwack K131

 

     

 

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

HMCS Chilliwack K131

Photo taken from the fantail - looking forward

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Handy and Chapman on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Jacky and George in the bandstand loading ammunition belts - HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Lorwin and Sweezer

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Wilf on HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Willie on watch on the bandstand - HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

William Mason in his mic - HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

Tony on the fo'c's'le of HMCS Chilliwack K131

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

HMCS Chilliwack K131

Note the faint gunshield art and also that the censor tried to obscure the radar

DND/RCN photo L3701R

 

Click here to view a zoomed in image on the gunshield

 

From the collection of Robert Macklem

Courtesy of Kelly Macklem

 

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