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HMCS ALGONQUIN R17 / 224

A COUP SUR

WITH SURE STROKE

HMCS Algonquin R17

 

Battle honours and awards:  Norway  1944,   Normandy  1944,   Arctic  1944-45

 

 

Laid down: 08 Oct 1942

Launched: 02 Sep 1943

Commissioned: 17 Feb 1944

Paid off: 06 Feb 1946

Re-commissioned: 25 Feb 1953

Paid off: 01 Apr 1970

Fate: Broken up in Taiwan in 1971

 

Not a "Tribal" despite her name, she was laid down as HMS Valentine but commissioned on 17 Feb 1944, at Glasgow as HMCS Algonquin. Assigned to the 26th Destroyer Flotilla of the British Home Fleet, she left Scapa Flow with HMCS Sioux on 31 Mar 1944 to help escort the carrier attack on the Tirpitz. In Apr 1944 she escorted a similar attack on German shipping off the Lofoten Island, Norway, and on 28 May 1944 left Scapa, from whence she carried out attacks on German convoys off Norway. Taking part in D-Day operations she bombarded shore targets on the Normandy coast. On 22 Aug 1944, she took off 203 of Nabob's ship's company when the latter was torpedoed in the Barents Sea. 

 

Convoys escorted during WW II

 

Convoy Desig.

Convoy Departs from

Arrives at

Join as escort

Depart Convoy 

JW.60

Loch Ewe (15 Sep 1944)

Kola Inlet (23 Sep 1944)

17 Sep 1944

23 Sep 1944

RA.60

Kola Inlet (28 Sep 1944)

Clyde (05 Oct 1944)

28 Sep 1944

03 Oct 1944

JW.63

Loch Ewe (30 Dec 1944)

Kola Inlet (08 Jan 1945)

01 Jan 1945

08 Jan 1945

RA.63

Kola Inlet (11 Jan 9145)

Loch Ewe (21 Jan 1945)

11 Jan 1945

19 Jan 1945

 

She returned to Halifax in Feb 1945, for refit, leaving on 12 Aug 1945 via Malta to join the British Pacific Fleet, but was recalled on VJ-Day and left Alexandria for Esquimalt on 03 Nov 1945. There she was paid off into reserve on 06 Feb 1946, but was re-commissioned on 25 Feb 1953, after very extensive modernization, and sailed for the east coast that summer. In Apr 1963, 12 RCN ships, Algonquin, Micmac, Cayuga, St. Croix, Terra Nova, Kootenay, Swansea, La Hulloise, Buckingham, Cape Scott, CNAV Bluethroat and CNAV St. Charles, took part in NATO Exercise New Broom Eleven, an exercise designed to test convoy protection tactics (click here to see the newspaper article).  In Oct 1963, Bonaventure, Algonquin, Cayuga, Micmac and Saskatchewan took part in a NATO exercise in which all participating ships were battered by a severe North Atlantic storm (click here to see the newspaper article). After fourteen years' service with the Atlantic Command, she returned to the west coast in Mar 1967, and was paid off for the last time on 01 Apr 1970, to be broken up in Taiwan in 1971.

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr Desmond William Piers, DSC, RCN - 17 Feb 1944 - 19 Apr 1945

LCdr Philip Edwin Haddon, RCN - 20 Apr 1945 - 06 Feb 1946

Cdr Patrick Francis Xavier Russell, RCN - 25 Feb 1953 - 27 Aug 1954

Capt R.L. Hennessy, DSC, RCN - 28 Aug 1654 - 10 May 1956

Capt Desmond William Piers, DSC, RCN - 11 May 1956 - 06 Jul 1956

LCdr Robin Blakeney Hayward, RCN - 07 Jul 1956 - 28 Jul 1957

LCdr Eric Mischa Jones, RCN - 29 Jul 1957 - 28 Nov 1957

Capt D.G. King, DSC, RCN - 29 Nov 1957 - 23 Sep 1958

Capt P.F.X. Russell, RCN - 24 Sep 1958 - 26 Nov 1959

Capt A.F. Pickard, OBE, RCN - 27 Nov 1959 - 05 Jul 1961

Capt Arthur David McPhee, RCN - 06 Jul 1961 - 02 Jul 1962

LCdr Davis Charles Edwards, RCN - 03 Jul 1962 - 29 Oct 1962

Cdr P.C. Berry, RCN - 30 Oct 1962 - 14 Jul 1964

Cdr John William Mason, RCN - 15 Jul 1964 - unk

LCdr Larry Dzioba, RCN - Nov 1966 - May 1967

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

LAFRANCE, Alvin Lloyd

OS, 53285-H, RCN

died - 02 Mar 1963 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Allen, KennethW..

____-1997

Served in Algonquin 01 Feb 1944 until the end of the war

Atkinson, Roy Thomas

1924-2010

Beaver, Kenneth

1928-2014

Berry, Peter Cushing

1923-2006

Bowen, Merton Alwyn

____-2011

Bridarolli, Evaldo Rudolph

1926-2010

 

Brooks, William John

1922-2013

Brown, Clifford Allen

____-2005

Served in Algonquin as CPO SBA

Bush, Charles Leonard

1924-2014

Served in Algonquin in 1956

Byway, Arthur Joseph

____-____

Served in Algonquin 18 Feb 1944 - 27 Mar 1945 as a LS, RCNVR

C-D

Callaghan, Brian

1934-2013

Case, Norman

____-____

Served in Algonquin 1944-1945

Coady, Francis Earl Matthew

____-2004

Cock, Peter John Bligh

1918-2011

Drafted to Algonquin 19 Feb 1944 as Lt, RCNVR

Conway, Francis Philip

____-2004

Served in Algonquin 1944-1945 as an AB Gunner

Costin, Frank William

____-2004

Served in Algonquin as Squadron NavO

Cotter, Leo Keith

1922-2007

Served in Algonquin 1944-1045 as Sto 1c

DeGuire, Real Joseph

____-2016

Served in Algonquin during WW 2

Down, John Trenchard

1921-2003

Served in Algonquin during D-Day landings as a PO, Shipwright, RCNVR

Dubois, Bernard

____-2009

Dzioba, Lawrence

1932-2007

 15th Commanding Officer

 

 

 

 

E-F

Eldridge, Gareth J.

1931-2017

 Foster, Donald Irvine

1926-2003

Freeman, Oscar

1924-2004

 

 

G-H

Garrett, Ken

____-____

Served in Algonquin 1944-1945

Harper, David, L.

1924-2010

Served in Algonquin 1944-1945

  

Hatter, Marven Karl

1936-2014

Hayward, Robin Blakeney

1920-2006

Henderson, Leslie Frederick Maynard

1924-2010

Hennessy, Ralph Lucien

1918-2014

Hewitson, Thomas Whittaker

1919-2011

Hodges, Leslie J.

____-2014

 

 

I-J

Jellett, John David

1926-2016

Jenkin, Raymond Charles

1924-2011

Jenson, Latham Brerton

1921-2004

Drafted to Algonquin 17 Feb 1944 as Lt, RCN, XO

 

 

K-L

Kastner, George Allan

____-2012

Served in Algonquin in 1956 as Slt (L), RCN, Electrical Officer

Kelly, George

____-____

Kilbride, Gerald

1931-2006

Kirby, Ronald Conyers

1922-2016

Served in Algonquin during WW II

Lavallee, Roland Jacques

____-2015

Served in Algonquin from commissioning till the end of the war as a stoker.

Logie, Robert Douglas

1928-2017

Lowe, John Douglas

1919-2009

Served in Algonquin in 1944 as Lt, RCN

Luna, Kay

1928-2014

 

 

M-N

MacKay, Donald

1919-2009

MacKechnie, Donald Campbell

1926-2006

Served in Algonquin 1944 as a Coder

Mainguy, Daniel Nicholas

1930-2010

Margison, John Eric

____-2010

Drafted to Algonquin 05 Mar 1945 as Lt, RCNVR

Mason, John William R.

1923-2016

14th Commanding Officer

McPhee, Arthur David

1919-2006

Misener, Jack

____-____

Served in Algonquin 1944-1945 as AB Gunner/Torpedoman

Moffat, William John Bingham

1934-2001

 

 

O-P

O'Hagan, Denis James Patrick

1910-1974

Peach, Robert Avery

1918-2004

Pickard, Anthony Fenwick

1913-1972

Piers, Desmond William

1913-2005

1st Commanding Officer

5th Commanding Officer

Potvin, Maurice Jean-Paul

____-____

Pravda, Robert Bohumil

1921-2004

 

 

 

 

Q-R

Reid, Douglas Charles Thomas

1924-2007

Reid, John McCammon

____-2013

Served in Algonquin post WW 2

Revie, Albert Edward

1925-2016

Robertson, Ronald Albert

1928-2017

Russell, James Henderson

1925-2011

S-T

Shaw, Colin Heggerston Purves

1925-2009

Served in Algonquin in 1954

Shea, Gordon

1925-2011

Stanley, Alan Douglas

1918-2009

Steele, Richard Miles

1915-2010

Drafted to Algonquin 20 Jan 1944 as Lt, RCNVR, Standby.  Commissioning Crew. Served in Algonquin 17 Feb 1944 - 30 Mar 1945 as Lt, RCNVR, NavO

Stewart, Harold Douglas

____-2015

Thompson, Donald Lloyd

1921-2013

Tivy, Robert Harrison

1921-2004

Drafted to Algonquin 09 Jun 1945 as Lt (El), RCNVR

Tizard, John

1918-1987

 

 

U-V

Varen, Gordon Floyd

1935-2017

 

 

 

 

W-X

Wood, Lewis Albert

1919-2008

Served in Algonquin during WW2

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Anderson, Bill, ABAA3 - Feb 1944 - Dec 1945

 

Beausoleil. J.P., ABVS2 - Paying off Crew - 1967

 

Brindarolli, Val, Gunner 

 

Buller, Jack R. - 1944-1945

 

Butler, Esmond Unwin, Lt, RCNVR - 02 Apr 1945

 

Campbell, Donald J - WW2

 

Clayton, J. Lloyd, Radar 3c - Feb 1944 - Feb 1945

 

Coates, John Anthony, Slt, RCN - 21 Apr 1945

 

Chapman, Neil Henley, Lt, RCNVR - 17 Feb 1944

 

Curry, Don, Radar Operator - Jan 1945 - Sep 1955

 

Dequire, Real J. - 1944

 

Dixon, Desmond Miles, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 17 Feb 1944

 

Duxbury, E., L/Tel, RCNVR fm Winnipeg, MB - 1944

 

Edward, Colin David Paterson, Paym/Lt, RCNVR - 26 Feb 1945

 

Ellis, John ABSN1, RCN(R) - Sep 1954 - Jan 1955

 

Fergeron, Douglas C. - WW2

 

Gaudet, George (Spud), LSCR1 - 01 Aug 1955 - 03 Feb 1957

 

Gautheir, Larry, Radar Operator - Jan 1952 - Jan 1953

 

Gentles, Roy Allen, Lt, RCNVR - 25 May 1945

 

George, H.W., AB, RCNVR fm Pictou, NS - 1944

 

Gibson, R. (Bob), Stoker - 1944-1945

 

Gilroy, PO, Engineer

 

Gray, Norman, RCNVR 

Green, Richard (Dick) 

 

Hockley, Ronald Charles, A/Gnr (T), RCN - 26 Apr 1945

 

Howard, John Francis, Slt, RCNVR - 07 Jul 1945

 

Irwin, Andrew A. (Andy)

 

Jacques, Yves - 1963 - 1965 

 

James, J., AB, RCNVR fm Montreal, QC - 1944

 

Jefferson, Denis Harold Gerard, A/Lt, RCNVR - 01 Jun 1945

 

Jones, David Sydney, Slt, RCNVR - 19 Mar 1945

 

Kimber, Norman, OSTD, RCN - 1958-1959

 

Knight, Vadim Michael, Lt, RCNVR - 17 Feb 1944

 

Lamar, Frederick Harry John, RCNVR - 09 Apr 1945

 

Langton, D.R., AB, RCNVR fm Peterborough, ON - 1944

 

Lloyd, John Fredereick, A/LCdr (E), RCNVR - 17 Feb 1944

 

Lowe, John Douglas, Slt, RCNVR - 17 Feb 1944

 

Macdonell, F. William (Bill), AB, Radar Operator - Mar 1944 - Feb 1945

 

Mackintosh, Frank - Feb 1953 - 1955

 

Magwood, Peter, LSBN

 

Mann, George

 

Merritt, Don, LSEM1 - 25 Feb 1953 - 03 Sep 1954

 

Mitchell, Mike, LSHT - 1967 (Halifax to Esquimalt coast transfer)

 

Moffatt, William E., LSCV1 - 02 Sep 1954 - 12 Dec 1954

 

Morton, Herbert H. (Mort), LSEM2, 10902-H - Sep 1950 - Sep 1955

 

Owen, Albert E, Tel (T.O.) - 1944-1945

Pope, J., PO Writer, RCNVR fm Toronto, ON

 

Revie, Albert, AB, Radar Operator - Feb 1944 - 1945

 

Rodger, R.Q, PO, RCN fm Swift Current, SK - 1944

 

Ross, Andrew William, Lt, RCNVR - 05 Jun 1945

 

Ross, Samuel Foster, Lt, RCNVR - 07 Mar 1945

 

Schimp, Chief

 

Sigrest, Gerry - 25 Feb 1953 - Dec 1954, 2nd Commissioning Crew

 

Sinnott, J., AB, RCNVR fm Windsor, On - 1944

 

Slater, Frederick Gordon, Gnr (T), RCN - 17 Feb 1944

 

Snowdon, Cam - Dec 1953 - Sep 1955

 

Stanley, Alan Douglas, Paym/Lt, RCNVR - 24 Jan 44 (Stand by) / 17 Feb 1944

 

Still, Eric, PO

 

Stow, Peter - NavO / OPSO - Mar 1967 - Mar 1967 (drafted for transit to Esquimalt)

 

Sturdy, John Rhodes, Lt, RCNVR - 17 Feb 1944

 

Sweatman, Alan, Lt, RCNVR - 25 May 1945

 

Tetu, Hector, Lt (El), RCNVR - 16 Mar 1945

 

Tofflemire, Bob, RP

 

Toller, William Henry, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1944 (Stand by) / 17 Feb 1944

 

White, Jim (Tanglefoot), Stoker - 1953-1957

 

William, Edgar Frederick, Slt (E), RCN - 11 May 1945

 

Wilmot, Allan Hopkins, Slt, RCN - 21 Jul 1944

 

Photos and Documents

 

RCN Memories

A Storm and a Dye Marker

Algonquin's Last Hurrah

Algonquin's Navigator Speaks Out

Algonquin's race to the fueling jetty in Manzanillo

Hands to breakfast

 

Links

HMCS Algonquin

Personal photo gallery of Leslie F.M. Henderson

Personal photo gallery of William John Brooks

Wartime Diary of Joseph Byway

 

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