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HMCS HESPELER K489

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HMCS Hespeler K489

Photo taken from HMCS Runnymede K678

Photo from the WWII collection of Kirk Wipper

Bridge of HMCS Hespeler K489

From the collection of Lt. G.P. Manning, RCNVR

Courtesy of Don Manning

Submitted by John Berard Jr.

Print of Londonderry during WW II from the collection of John Berard

"The main European port of call in Ireland during World War II for the Canadian Ship Hespeler and accompanying fleet.

Courtesy of John Berard Jr.

HMCS Hespeler's bell

Original source unknown

Courtesy of John Berard Jr.

HMCS Hespeler K489

Original source unknown

Courtesy of John Berard Jr.

HMCS Hespeler K489

Original source unknown

Courtesy of John Berard Jr.

Record of convoys that HMCS Hespeler took part in as escort

Courtesy of John Berard Jr.

Frank Newton on HMCS Hespeler K489

Courtesy of John Berard Jr.

 

Survivors report of Premier-Maitre Emile Cloarec, soul survivor from the loss of the French submarine La Perle, who was picked up by HMCS Hespeler.

 

        

 

Original source unknown

Courtesy of John Berard Jr.

 

Newspaper article on the sinking of U-484 by HMCS Hespeler and HMCS Dunver

Original source unknown

Courtesy of John Berard Jr.

Roger Mirault, Telegraphist on HMCS Hespeler K489

Courtesy of Lucien Mirault

Unknown sailors on HMCS Hespeler K489

From the collection of S.J. Grabowski

Courtesy of Jennifer Henry

Unknown sailors on HMCS Hespeler K489

From the collection of S.J. Grabowski

Courtesy of Jennifer Henry

Unknown sailors on HMCS Hespeler K489

From the collection of S.J. Grabowski

Courtesy of Jennifer Henry

Unknown sailor on HMCS Hespeler K489

From the collection of S.J. Grabowski

Courtesy of Jennifer Henry

Unknown sailor on HMCS Hespeler K489

From the collection of S.J. Grabowski

Courtesy of Jennifer Henry

Unknown sailor on HMCS HespelerK489

From the collection of S.J. Grabowski

Courtesy of Jennifer Henry

A couple sailors hamming it up while chipping ice on HMCS Hespeler K489

From the collection of S.J. Grabowski

Courtesy of Jennifer Henry

Postcard of HMCS Hespeler K489

From the collection of S.J. Grabowski

Courtesy of Jennifer Henry

 

Unknown ship seen from HMCS Hespelere K489

From the collection of S.J. Grabowski

Courtesy of Jennifer Henry

Unknown sailor on HMCS HespelerK489

From the collection of S.J. Grabowski

Courtesy of Jennifer Henry

Unknown sailor on HMCS HespelerK489 - note merchant ship in background

From the collection of S.J. Grabowski

Courtesy of Jennifer Henry

Unknown sailors on HMCS Hespeler K489

From the collection of S.J. Grabowski

Courtesy of Jennifer Henry

HMCS Dunver K03 - photo taken from HMCS Hespeler K489

From the collection of S.J. Grabowski

Courtesy of Jennifer Henry

Unknown casualty being taken ashore from HMCS Hespeler K489

From the collection of S.J. Grabowski

Courtesy of Jennifer Henry

Unknown sailor on HMCS HespelerK489

From the collection of S.J. Grabowski

Courtesy of Jennifer Henry

Bob Enright on HMCS HespelerK489

Written on the back of this photos is "Bob Enright, killed June 2/44" 

From the collection of Kenneth Marlatt

Courtesy of Judy Agis

 

Information provided by Judy's mother is as follows:  the boat was strafed by an enemy plane. Both the fellow who died and your father were on Pom Pom guns. My understanding was the man standing beside your father was shot and your father was hit by a piece of metal that took the top layer of skin off in a small area center chest just below the neck. It left a scar. The fellow who died was well liked. He often entertained below deck by step dancing. He was from some place on the east coast of Canada and it was from him that Ken learned step dancing. There were several shipmates from the east coast and Ken also picked up the vocabulary and accent of those from Newfoundland. The sailor was buried at sea.

 

Webmaster's note:  According to casualty records, HMCS Hespeler had no casualties (deaths) during her service career.  Additionally, there is no record of a Bob (or Robert) Enright killed in the RCN during WW2.  The only 2 Canadian (or Newfoundland) casualties during WW2 named Enright were both in the Army - one died on 07 Jun 1944 and the other on 31 Jun 1944 ashore in Europe.  Royal Navy casualty records for WW2 only list one person named Enright, and she was a Wren, killed in an accident.

 

If anyone can provide any information on Bob Enright shown in this photo, please send me an EMAIL

USN PT boat

Photo taken from HMCS Hespeler K489

From the collection of Kenneth Marlatt

Courtesy of Judy Agis

HMCS Hespeler K489 (left) and the aircraft carrier HMS Glory R62 bring repatriated POWs to Esquimalt

From the collection of Kenneth Marlatt

Courtesy of Judy Agis

 

 

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