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HMCS ANNAN K404

 

Source: Battle of Atlantic Museum

HMCS Annan K404

Source: the UBoat.net

 

Laid down: 10 Jun 1943

Launched: 29 Dec 1943

Commissioned: 13 Jun 1944

Paid off: 20 Jun 1945

Returned to the RN: 20 Jun 1945

Sold to Royal Danish Navy: 27 Nov 1945

Commissioned: 27 Nov 1945

Paid off: 

Fate: Broken up 1963

 

Built by Hall Russell & Co. Ltd., Aberdeen, Scotland, she was launched on 29 Dec 1943 as HMS Annan. Named after a river in Scotland, she was transferred newly built from the RN to the RCN at Aberdeen on 13 Jun 1944 and commissioned as HMCS Annan K404. On completion of workups at Tobermory, she joined EG 6, Londonderry, for patrol and escort duties in U.K. waters. On 16 Oct 1944, while on A/S patrol south of the Faeroes, she engaged and sank U 1006, rescuing 46 survivors. During the action, the sub surfaced and opened fire with her deck guns.

 

The following is a quote from Lawrence Restall, Radar Operator on HMCS New Waterford. "Sub surfaces and opens fire. Now evening. We fired star shells and 20mm guns with red tracers. Sub used green tracers. Eight men injured on HMCS Annan, 46 survivors picked up from sub, many injured including sub c/o. brought to our ship for medical treatment.  HMCS Annan's Gunnery Officer wounded and lost a kidney; W/T Operator blinded in one eye; Radar Operator wounded in groin." 

 

In Apr 1945, EG 6 was transferred to Halifax, but Annan sailed for the U.K. on 20 May 1945 and was handed back to the RN at Sheerness on 20 Jun 1945. In Nov 1945 she was sold to the Dutch Navy and re-named Niels Ebbesen. She was broken up at Odense, Denmark, in 1963.

 

Ship's company photos          Photos and Documents

 

Commanding Officers

A/LCdr Charles Patrick Balfry, RCNR - 13 Jun 1944 - 26 May 1945 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Anderson, Donald DeBlois

____-2010

Balcer, Joseph Léon Claude

1917-1991

Drafted to Annan 11 Mar 1943, as Lt, RCNVR, Stand by.

Commissioning Crew

Burrell, Ronald William

____-2012

 

 

C-D

Corbett, John Harper

1919-2016

Drafted to Annan 11 Mar 1943 as Lt, RCNVR, Stand by.

Commissioning crew

 

 

 

 

G-H

Hone, Gordon George

____-2010

 

 

 

 

K-L

King, Theodore

____-2004

 

 

 

 

M-N

Mitton, Harold E.

1925-2011

 

 

 

 

O-P

Parish, William Ronald

1924-2011

Pringle, Bryan

____-2013

 

 

 

Q-R

Read, Harry

1920-2015

Rowntree, Garnet Norman

1923-1986

Rung, Clarence Victor

____-____

 

 

S-T

St-Arneault, Roland Joseph

1921-2010

Shaw, John Gilbert

1922-2012

Served in Annan as ERA/Sto1

Stronski, John

1924-1994

 

 

Ship's Mascots

____-____

Herbie

____-____

____-____

 

 

 

U-Boats Sunk

U-1006 sunk on 16 Oct 1944 by HMCS Annan K404 in position 60-59 N, 04-49 W

 

Former Crew Members

Allen, William McKenzie, Lt, RCNVR - 11 Mar 1943 (Stand by) / 13 Jun 1944

 

Balfry, Charles Patrick, A/LCdr, RCNR - 11 Mar 1944 (standby CO) / 13 Jun 1944

 

Belanger, Jean Rosaire Roland, Lt, RCNVR - 06 Feb 1945

 

Bouilanne, Joseph Ulrie Raoul, Cd (E), RCNR - 13 Jun 1944

 

Cockrill, Alick Trevor, A/Lt, RCNVR - 11 Mar 1943 (Stand by) / 13 Jun 1944

Fitzgerald, John Desmond Leonard, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 08 May 1944 (Stand by) / 13 Jun 1944

 

Fleming, Donald Frederick Slt, RCNVR - 07 May 1945

 

Givens, William Wallace, Slt, RCNVR - 07 May 1945

 

Howett, David Mickie, A/Lt, RCNVR - 11 Mar 1943 (Stand by)

Maas, Joseph, AB - 1945

 

Murdoch, Ken, LS - 1945

 

Porter, Winston Dys, Paym/Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

 

Robinson, Herbert, AB - 1945

 

Robinson, William G. - 1945

 

Shanfield, Henry, LS - 1945

 

Soweerby, John Cornelius, Lt, RCNVR 0 13 Jun 1944

 

Stewart, Ken, AB - 1945 (of Winnipeg, MB)

 

Photos and Documents

 

Five crew members of HMCS Annan K404

Garnet Norman Rowntree, Stoker, RCNVR (centre)

From the collection of Garnet Norman Rowntree

Courtesy of Garnett Rowntree

Radio interview with crew members from HMCS Annan after the sinking of U-1006

 

     

 

From the collection of Charles Callow

Courtesy of Gord Callow

HMCS Annan forward gun crew circa 1945

L-R top row: Robinson, Herbert, AB;  Maas, Joseph, AB; Murdock, Ken, LS.  Remainder unidentified

Note the ship's mascot on top of the gun.

Jacket patch from HMCS Annan K404

From the collection of George Hone

Courtesy of Randy Hone

Newspaper article on the sinking of U-1006 by HMCS Annan K404

From the collection of George Hone

Courtesy of Randy Hone

Officers on the bridge of HMCS Annan K404

From the collection of George Hone

Courtesy of Randy Hone

Officers on the bridge of HMCS Annan K404

"Balcer (left) - officer on deck"

From the collection of George Hone

Courtesy of Randy Hone

Convoy seen from HMCS Annan K404

From the collection of George Hone

Courtesy of Randy Hone

Sailors on the fo'c's'le of HMCS Annan K404

From the collection of George Hone

Courtesy of Randy Hone

Sailors in front of the Hedgehog on HMCS Annan K404

From the collection of George Hone

Courtesy of Randy Hone

Quarter deck and starboard depth charge throwers and rails on HMCS Annan K404

From the collection of George Hone

Courtesy of Randy Hone

Quarter deck and port depth charge throwers and rails on HMCS Annan K404

From the collection of George Hone

Courtesy of Randy Hone

HMCS Annan in rough seas

From the collection of George Hone

Courtesy of Randy Hone

HMCS Annan K404, Faroe Islands

From the collection of George Hone

Courtesy of Randy Hone

Four sailors on HMCS Annan K404 dressed for foul weather

From the collection of George Hone

Courtesy of Randy Hone

Sailors on the carley floats on HMCS Annan K404

George Hone with the arm over his left shoulder

From the collection of George Hone

Courtesy of Randy Hone

George Hone on HMCS Annan K404

From the collection of George Hone

Courtesy of Randy Hone

George Hone with shipmates

From the collection of George Hone

Courtesy of Randy Hone

George Hone with HMCS Annan's mascot

From the collection of George Hone

Courtesy of Randy Hone

George Hone on HMCS Annan K404

From the collection of George Hone

Courtesy of Randy Hone

George Hone, with his parents, home on leave

From the collection of George Hone

Courtesy of Randy Hone

Unknown officers on HMCS Annan K404

From the collection of George Hone

Courtesy of Randy Hone

Unknown sailor on HMCS Annan K404

From the collection of George Hone

Courtesy of Randy Hone

HMCS Annan K404

Imperial War Museum photo FL 624

Officers on the bridge of HMCS Annan K404

Howitt (background), Salsbury (foreground)

From the collection of George Hone

Courtesy of Randy Hone

John Stronski on watch on HMCS Annan K404

From the collection of George Hone

Courtesy of Randy Hone

HMCS Annan K404

From the collection of George Hone

Courtesy of Randy Hone

LCdr Charles Patrick Balfry, DSC, Commanding Officer, HMCS Annan K404

From the collection of George Hone

Courtesy of Randy Hone

HMCS Annan K404 rescuing survivors from a merchant ship

From the collection of George Hone

Courtesy of Randy Hone

HMCS Annan K404 rescuing survivors from a merchant ship

From the collection of George Hone

Courtesy of Randy Hone

Tel Pringle, lost an eye during the battle between HMCS Annan K404 and U-1006

From the collection of George Hone

Courtesy of Randy Hone

Unknown sub astern of HMCS Annan K404

From the collection of George Hone

Courtesy of Randy Hone

Sunderland flying boat

From the collection of George Hone

Courtesy of Randy Hone

Survivors in motorboat

From the collection of George Hone

Courtesy of Randy Hone

Merchant ship Whitticker, bridge blown over funnel by mine

From the collection of George Hone

Courtesy of Randy Hone

AB Ken Stewart with HMCS Annan's mascot Herbie

 

"No mascot could be more colorful than that of HMCS Annan. Their pride and joy is a nine months old ring-tailed monkey that one of the crew, Able Seaman Ken Stewart of Winnipeg bought from a merchant in Liverpool, England. Herbie took to sea like a veteran, and after five months sea time hasn't ever been seasick.  He smokes, drinks, and is very partial to tickling, to which he screeches his protestations."

 

Crow's Nest newspaper - Aug 1945

 

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