Tribal Class Destroyer






Signalman William George Stewart, who was lost on 29 April 1944,  designed the ship's badge while serving in Athabaskan.

HMCS Athabaskan G07


Battle honours and awards:  Arctic  1943-44,  English Channel  1944





Laid down: 31 Oct 1940

Launched: 15 Nov 1941

Commissioned: 03 Feb 1943

Fate: Sunk 29 Apr 1944


Commissioned on 03 Feb 1943 at Newcastle-on-Tyne and assigned to the British Home Fleet, Athabaskan left on 29 Mar 1943 to patrol the Iceland-Faeroes Passage for blockade runners. Stress of weather caused hull damage that required five weeks' repairs at South Shields, U.K., following which, in Jun 1943, she took part in Operation Gearbox III, the relief of the garrison at Spitsbergen. On 18 Jun 1943 she collided with the boom defence vessel Bargate at Scapa Flow, occasioning a month's repair at Devonport. In Jul and Aug 1943 she was based at Plymouth, carrying out A/S patrols in the Bay of Biscay, and on 27 Aug 1943 was hit by a glider bomb off the Spanish coast. She managed to reach Devonport, where she remained under repair until 10 Nov 1943; returning to Scapa Flow in Dec 1943. 


While on patrol in the Bay of Biscay Patrol area at 13:00 hours on August 27, 1943, HMCS Athabaskan was attacked by eighteen enemy Dornier-217s. H.M.S. Egret (British Sloop) was sunk. A glide bomb hit HMCS Athabaskan at the junction of "B" gun-deck and the wheel-house. It passed under the plot room, through the Chief Petty Officer's Mess, and out the starboard side. It exploded barely a few feet beyond and bomb fragments pierced HMCS Athabaskan's side and bridge in a number of places. The Captain, Commander Miles was knocked down by the blast and several officers, including Lieutenant-Commander Dunn Lanthier and Sub-Lieutenant John A. Brebner had severe leg injuries. Able Seaman Joseph McGrath, a bridge lookout, died the next day. The crew of "B" gun bore the worst of the injuries with Able Seaman William Pickett and Petty Officer Ernest Latimer being killed. Leading Seaman John Gordon took charge despite the fact that he was injured and several others were burned. Several members of "A" gun were also burned and wounded. Leading Cook Frank Prudhomme also died. HMCS Athabaskan took on board the 35 survivors from H.M.S. Egret. HMCS Athabaskan continued on at 14 knots, correcting a serious list to starboard. The ship reached Devonport, where she remained under repair until 10 Nov 1943; returning to Scapa Flow in Dec 1943.


Convoys escorted during WW II


Convoy Desig.

Convoy Departs from

Arrives at

Join as escort

Depart Convoy


Loch Ewe (12 Dec 1943)

Archangel (22 Dec 1943)

15 Dec 1943

21 Dec 1943


Kola Inlet (22 Dec 1943)

Loch Ewe (01 Jan 1944)

23 Dec 1944

28 Dec 1944

WP.SP 18

Milford Haven (23 Jan 1944)

Portsmouth (25 Jan 1944)

23 Jan 1944

25 Jan 1944



In Feb 1944, she rejoined Plymouth Command and was assigned to the newly formed 10th Destroyer Flotilla. On 26 Apr 1944 she assisted in the destruction of German torpedo boat T 29 in the Channel off Ushant, and three days later was sunk by a torpedo from T24 north of the Ile de Bas. Her captain and 128 men were lost, 83 taken prisoner, and 44 rescued by Haida.


The wreckage of HMCS Athabaskan was located near the island of Batz in the English Channel. She was found by Jacques Ouchakoff, a French marine historian in 2002 in 90 metres of water. Ottawa Branch member Paul Bender is devoted to protecting RCN shipwrecks and their contents. As direct result of his work, and petitioning the government of France with respect to Athabaskan, the French government has placed the wreck, which is in French territorial waters, under the protection of the French Heritage Code, which provides legal protection of the wreck and its contents.


(Click here to read the letter from the Government of France to Capt Paul Bender, ret'd)



RCN Memories:     Remembering Donald Metcalfe - HMCS Athabaskan G07


Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos          HMCS Athabaskan G07


Kriegsgefangenenlager: A POW's Account of the Loss of of Athabaskan in 1944          Lucky to be alive - 04 May 2014


Plouescat Communal Cemetery, Finistere France - HMCS Athabaskan War Dead          The case of the phantom MTB and the loss of HMCS Athabaskan


30th Anniversary Reunion


Remembering HMCS Athabaskan - 75 years later by Royal Roads University



Commanding Officers


Capt George Ralph Miles, OBE, RCN - 03 Feb 1943 - 05 Nov 1943


LCdr J.H. Stubbs, DSO, RCN - 06 Nov 1943 - 29 Apr 1944



     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     


ADAMS, John C.


MPK - 29 Apr 1944



MPK - 29 Apr 1944

ALLISON, Albert E.


MPK - 29 Apr 1944

AMIRO, Irvin V.


killed - 29 Apr 1944

ANNETT, Robert I.L.

SLt (E), RCN

killed - 29 Apr 1944



killed - 29 Apr 1944

ASHTON, Percy G.


MPK - 29 Apr 1944

BARRETT, Arthur E.


killed - 29 Apr 1944

BELL, Donald A.

Sto 1c, RCNVR

killed - 29 Apr 1944

BERKELEY, Alfred .


MPK - 29 Apr 1944

BERTRAND, Laurent J.L.


killed - 29 Apr 1944

BIANCO, Anthony D.


MPK - 29 Apr 1944

BIEBER, Edgar E.


MPK - 29 Apr 1944

BLINCH, Harry C.


MPK - 29 Apr 1944


Paym/Lt, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944



MPK - 29 Apr 1944

BURROW, William O.


MPK - 29 Apr 1944



killed - 29 Apr 1944



MPK - 29 Apr 1944

COONEY, Stewart R.


MPK - 29 Apr 1944

CORBIERE, Vincent Gerald

AB, V34003, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

CORKUM, Gordon Francis

AB, A1169, RCNR

killed - 29 Apr 1944


AB, V18362, RCNVR

killed - 29 Apr 1944 

CROFT, Moyle Haliburton

AB, A4958, RCNR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

CROSS, Alfred Thomas

Ord. Tel, V25039, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

DeARMOND, Gordon Lee

LS, V11568, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

DILLEN, Stewart Casselman

Stwd, V34261, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

DION, Albert Jean Germain

L/Sto, V3373, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

EDHOUSE, Donald William

Sto 2c, V58286, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

FLEMING, Harold Louis

AB, V12849, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

FORRON, Jack Edward Albert

Sto 1c, V17506, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944



MPK - 29 Apr 1944

FRITH, William Alexander

LS, V17806 RCNVR

killed - 29 Apr 1944 

FULLER, Eugene Milton

AB, V8808, RCNVR

killed - 29 Apr 1944

GAETANO, Valentino Joseph

AB, V35858, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

GIBBONS, Marshall L.


killed - 29 Apr 1944

GOLDSMITH, Thomas Henry Hardy, CYS, 2980, RCN

killed - 29 Apr 1944 

GORDON, Lloyd Murchison


MPK - 29 Apr 1944

GOULET, Robert James

Sto 1c, V42673, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944


L/Supply Asst, V17877, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

GUEST, Earlton Gordon

AB, V17487, RCNVR

killed - 29 Apr 1944  

HAYES, Christopher

OS, V34625, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944


Sto 1c, V31647, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

HENRY, Robert John

AB, V16777, RCNVR

killed - 29 Apr 1944


(aka Heaton, Hugh P)

Writer, C/MX 678680,

Royal Navy

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

HOUISON, George Douglas

L/Writer, V23114, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

HURLEY, Michael Patrick

Sto 1c, V36734, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

IRVINE, Leonard Clayton

AB, V11886, RCNVR

killed - 29 Apr 1944  

IZARD, Theodore Douglas

Lt (E), RCN

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

JARVIS, Edmund Arthur

LS, 3330, RCN

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

JOHNSON, Elswood Svein

AB, V16839, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

JOHNSON, Richard Riley

L/Sto, V5801, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

JOHNSTON, Lawrence Richard

AB, V51370, RCNVR

killed - 29 Apr 1944 

KELLY, Lionel David

Stwd, V4445, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

KOBES, John Robert

LS, 3074, RCN

MPK - 29 Apr 1944


LS, V4348, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

LATIMER, Ernest George

PO, 2418, RCN

killed - 27 Aug 1943

LAWRENCE, Ralph Miles

Lt, O-40930, RCN

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

LEA, Eric Edward

Sto 1c, V47397, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944


AB, V4433, RCNVR

killed - 29 Apr 1944 

LEWANDOWSKI, Stanley Steve Sto 2c, V61813, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

LIND, Mekkel George

Sto PO, V13918, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

LOVE, Walter McGiffen

ERA 3c, V8030, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

LUCAS, Donald Owen

Sto 2c, V60018, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

MacAVOY, Gerald William

PO Cook (O), 40500, RCN

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

MACDONALD, Ashley Kilburn AB, 3625, RCN

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

MACKENZIE, Alexander

AB, V19875, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

MAGUIRE, John Wesley

L/Sto, 40911, RCN

killed - 29 Apr 1944 

MAHONEY, John Daniel

Lt (SP), O-45890, RCN

killed - 29 Apr 1944  

MANSON, John Lovell

Cook (O), V23559, RCNVR

killed - 29 Apr 1944 

MATTHEWS, George Herbert

AB, V2809, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

MCBRIDE, John Lytle

AB, V45461, RCNVR

killed - 29 Apr 1944 

MCCARROLL, Thomas George

Sto 1c, V39522, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

McCRINDLE, William Donald

AB, V1854, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944


AB, V11616, RCNVR

DOW - 28 Aug 1943


L/Sto, V30291, RCNVR

killed - 29 Apr 1944 

MCLEAN, Daniel Haddow

AB, V14742, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

MCNEIL, John James

Sto 2c, V59518, RCNVR

killed - 29 Apr 1944

MEADWELL, Richard George

AB, V49203, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

MENGONI, Eric Joseph

AB, 3980, RCN

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

METCALFE, Donald Irving

E.A.3c, V11603, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

MILLAR, Victor

AB, V27555, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

MILLS, Ernest G.

CERA, 21508, RCN

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

MUMFORD, Leonard Kempster

ERA 4c, V42353, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

NASH, Robert Arthur

Slt, O-54790, RCN

killed - 29 Apr 1944 

NICHOLAS, Joseph Russell

L/Sto, V16615, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

OUELLETTE, Joseph Emmett Victor

AB, V50769, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

PEART, Hilbert Joseph

AB, A927, RCNR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

PHILLIPS, John David

AB, V19152, RCNVR

killed - 29 Apr 1944 

PICKETT, William Nutter

AB, V2987, RCNVR

killed - 27 Aug 1943

PIKE, Brenton J.

AB, V36417, RCNVR

killed - 29 Apr 1944

POTHIER, Charles Louis

AB, V4752, RCNVR

killed - 29 Apr 1944


L/Ck (S), 40702, RCN

DOW - 28 Aug 1943

RENNIE, John Ernest

PO, 3075, RCN

MPK - 29 Apr 1944


AB, V6869, RCNVR

killed - 29 Apr 1944

ROBERTS, John Clark

ERA 4c, V41069, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

ROBERTS, Raymond Leslie

AB, V10880, RCNVR

killed - 29 Apr 1944 


AB, V8634, RCNVR

killed - 29 Apr 1944 

ROBERTSON, Ian Anderson

AB, V33909, RCNVR

killed - 29 Apr 1944 


Sto 1c, V55418, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

ROGER, Leo Anthony

Sto 1c, V38426, RCNVR

killed - 29 Apr 1944 

ROLLS, Raymond Burton

AB, V34863, RCNVR

killed - 29 Apr 1944 


PO Radio Mech, P/MX 124283

Royal Navy

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

RYAN, Norman Vincent

AB, V52603, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

ST LAURENT, Joseph Ludger Marcel, AB, V37192, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

SAMPSON, Francis Leonard


killed - 29 Apr 1944 


AB, V34973, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

SENECAL, Jean George Lionel

AB, V15272, RCNVR

killed - 29 Apr 1944 

SHERLOCK, Albert Victor

Stwd, V861, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

SIGSTON, George Dennis

Cd Gunner, RCN

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

SINGLETON, John Clifford

AB, V17334, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

SKYVINGTON, Francis George

SBA, V46829, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

SMITH, Thomas Bernard

AB, 3722, RCN

killed - 27 Aug 1943

SOMMERFELD, Samuel Whitney AB, V32952, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

SOUCISSE, Paul Edward

Coder, V836, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

STEVENSON, Elmer Howard

Sto 1c, V53221, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

STEWART, John Lorne

AB, V1362, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

STEWART, William George

Signalman, V8866, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

STOCKMAN, Ernest Oswald

Lt (E), O-70390, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

Stubbs, John H.

LCdr, RCN, Commanding Officer

killed - 29 Apr 1944


AB, V12533, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

SWEET, Charles Edwin

CPO, 2563, RCN

killed - 29 Apr 1944 


Sto 1c, V38485, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

TUPPER, Allister Robertson

Ordnance Artificer 4c, V40751, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

VAIR, James Alexander

L/Stwd, A4980, RCNR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

VEINOTTE, Joseph Victor Wilkins

Supply PO, V25606, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

WAITSON, Maurice


MPK - 29 Apr 1944

WALLACE, Peter William

AB, V11722, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

WARD, Leslie

Lt (Sp), O-76040, RCNVR

MPK - 29 Apr 1944

WATSON, Reginald John

Tel, V35953, RCNVR

killed - 29 Apr 1944

WILLIAMS, Kenneth Walter

ERA 4c, A5402, RCNR

killed - 29 Apr 1944 

WOOD, John Alfred

AB, V34862, RCNVR

killed - 29 Apr 1944

YEADON, Robert Lawrence


killed - 29 Apr 1944


Ship's Mascot

killed - 29 Apr 1944




     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten


(s) - Survived the sinking of HMCS Athabaskan G07 on 29 Apr 1944















Edwards, Jack


















Johnson, Ira F. (s)









Kettles, Stuart A. (s)
































Former Crew Members


POW = Survived the sinking of Athabaskan.  Captured by the German forces. Became a POW for duration of war

Haida - Survived the sinking of Athabaskan.  Rescued by HMCS Haida

HC - Survived the sinking of Athabaskan.  Rescued by HMCS Haida's cutter


Adams, S., L/Sto, V19451


Aikins, James O., OS, V64833, OS - (Haida)


Alford, W.C., L/Sto, V23389


Anderson, H.F., AB,V9893


Andrews, C., AB, A4785


Anslow, C., PO, 2810


Armstrong, SA, V32303


Arnold, W.S., AB, 4217


Arnott, A.B., AB, V6726


Attwood, H.G., L/Tel, V7614


Bandick, Paul V., OS, V53713 - (Haida)


Barkeer, J., Sto, KX165728


Barton, John J., ERA 4c, V32345 - (Haida)


Baskett, H., Tel, V17947


Bates, P.J., PO Wrtr, 40578


Baxzinet, C., AB, V10407


Beach, Ernest Ray, AB, V10831 - (POW) 


Beaver, H., Sto, KX154785


Beddoe, C.E., PO, V6386


Berry, E.K., Sto, V22429


Berry W., Sto PO, A2083


Bibeault, C.R., Sto 1c, V4497


Blain, J., AB, V15267


Blain, W., Sto 1c, 31697


Blishen, B., SBPO, 40550


Bolduc, M., SyPO, 40584


Bonhomme, G., OS, V4343


Bowell, N.C., AB, 3588


Bower, Milton C., AB, A4553 - (POW)


Brady, W.E.C., SA, V32338


Brebber, G., L/Sto, 21720


Brebner, John Atchison, Slt, , O-8460, RCNVR - 03 Feb 1943


Brick, C.J., L/Sto, V32949


Brooker, P., Sto 2c, DKX178025


Brown, Douglas McKenzie, Lt, RCNVR - 03 Feb 1943


Brown, J., Cook(S), V42097


Burgess, Arthur, AB, V31538 - (POW)


Burkholdeer, O.R., Tel, V27970


Burkmar, G.P., L/Sig, 2350


Burrows, Berchman R., LS, V32266 - (POW)


Bush, W.G., AB, V17164


Caldwell, F.B., Lt, O-11210


Caldwell, John Birch, Lt (E), O-11220, RCN - 03 Feb 1943


Caldwell, M.W., AB, V24934


Calkins, V., Sto 1c, V16362


Calverly, E., PO, 2501


Cannon, J., DKX178033


Cannon, M., L/Sto, A4414


Capson, J.S., AB, V2527


Carr, John J., AB, V9472 - (Haida)


Cattani, Robert F.P., LS, V16567 - (Haida)


Chadwick, R.G., Sig, V10458


Chapman, J., AB, V18017


Clark, P.R., AB, V26087


Clark, William, Lt, O-14230 - (POW)


Clarke, Stanley, J, AB, V23104 - (POW)


Claxton, L., L/tel, V17413


Clearwater, R., LS, 3942


Clifford R., L/Sto, 21827


Clouthier J., OS, V32156


Cockburn, M., LS, V23019


Colvin, S., CPO, 2299


Comnor, J., Sto, KX106654


Cooper, G.E., Sto PO, V19741


Cooper, Hector H., SY CPO, 40532 - (POW)


Cooper, J., Sto, KX146361


Corby, G., L/Sto, KX95735


Cordall, A., Sto, KX138070


Coughlan, F., LS, V2252


Coulter, B.W., AB, V7827


Cousins, H., Sig, V7709


Cowley, Arthur E., AB, V41591 - (POW) 


Cox, A., LS, PJX253699


Crews, T.W., AB, A4822


Cripps, W., Sto, V32040


Daly, F., Sto, DKX598294


Dalzell, Robert G., AB, 4141 - (POW)


Davenport, J.R., AB, V11861


Davey, K., Sig, V9585


Davis, A., OS, V31142


Davis, T., Sto, DKX 178037


Deal, Cornelius O., AB, V31445 - (POW)


Decle, d., LS, V5593


Dempsey, Frank J., OS, V59818 - (POW)


Dempsey, William B., Tel, V33968 - (Haida)


Dentremont, P.J., AB, A5181


Derby, J., Sto PO, V4823


Dick, J., L/Sto, VB23988


Dick, Stanley R., LS, V7995 - (POW)


Docker, T., Wt Eng, O-19940


Docksey, D.C., AB, 3745


Dodds, James Robert, Surg/Lt, O-19980, RCNVR - 12 Feb 1944


Dolan, John J., Sto 1c, V35529 - (POW)


Downey, John,Sig,  V23421 - (POW)


Doyle, J., Sto, KX121868


Drabble, D., Sto 1c, V12371


Drone, W., Shipwright 4c, V44404


Dukin, C., L/Cook(S), DMX68391


Dunden, J., CXook(S), V38381


Dunnell, Stephen T., Ordnance Artificer 2c, V30419 - (POW)


Dykes, James Grant, Paym/Lt, RCNVR


Eady, Thomas G., Sig, V19177 - (HC)


Eastwood, Whitley Joseph, Lt, O-21660, RCNVR - 03 Feb 1943

Edwards, John, AB, V12916 - (Haida)


Edwards, Lloyd E., AB, V16555 - (POW)


Ellis, C., Sto, KX146777


Ellis, F.W., PO Stwd, A2039


Evans, James E., CPO, 2390 - (POW)


Evans, L.M., CERA, V21506


Faulkner, C., Sto 1c, 3114


Fee, H., ERA 5c, V40148


Fennel, W., Sto 2c, V27390


Figg, R.A., LS, 3847


Frame, D.W., AB, V4974


Freisen, R.W., LS, 3682


Fyfe, James G., Surg. Lt., O-25690 - (POW)


Gallant, Paul G., AB, A1889 - (POW)


George, J.A., L/Stwd, V9714


Gibson, E., Sto PO, KX78170

Gloeckler, L., Stwd, 40708


Googan, A., Mechanic, KX30409


Gordon, John O., AB, V8281


Gosnell, H., LS, 2665


Goulet, Antoine A., Sto1c, V42224 - (POW)


Goulet, J.G.A., PO, V6627


Gracie, Robert B., Sto 1c, V36493 - (Haida)


Greenhalg, J., Sto 1c, V35670


Guertin, J.T., OS, V31857


Gunter, J., L/Sto, KX95064


Haggett, T., Cook, MX53621


Hamlett, W., Sto, KX163442


Handy, H.A., Sto 1c, V26959


Harbour, F.R., LS, V4150


Harold, C.W., AB, V9948


Hawes, C., AB, V19630


Hayes, William, L/Coder, V8722 - (Haida)


Hearl, John H., AB, V69248 - (POW)


Hearn, J.H., ERA, V39837


Herring, R., AB, V1557


Hesler, Geoffrey, Cook(S), V23323 - (POW)


Hingston, F., Chief Mech., D307084


Holwell, John B., AB, V8875 - (POW) 


Hopkins, Robert W., Sto 1c, V35886 - (POW)


Hopkins, W., Sto, KX153590


Howard, George C., AB, V1468 - (POW)


Howard, William S., ERA 5c, V40160 - (Haida)


Howell, C., AB, V22248


Hoyle, T.P., AB, V17213


Hubbard, Frederick M., Sto PO, V44405 - (POW)


Hunt, S., L/Sto, k60596


Jackson, A., L/Coder, V8520


Jackson, E.R., Sto 2c, V17904


Jako, Leonard W., L/Sto, 21818 - (Haida)


James, A., Sto, KX597948


Jarvis, D., Sto, KX165761


Jennings, M.A., LS, 4085


Jewett, G., PO, 2227


Johnson, C., L/Sto, V2401


Johnson, Ira Freeman, CPO, 2792 - (POW)


Johnson, L., AB, V23858


Johnston, C., Sto, KX134508


Jollicliffe, T., Sto, KX115716


Jones, E., Sto, KX178054


Jones, F.E., L/Stwd, A2736


Jones, W., OS, V31862


Jordan, A., Sto, KX162301


Kane, John F., LS, V8971 - (Haida)


Keane, E., Sto, KX111355


Kelly, James A., PO, 3670 - (POW)


Kennedy, G.S., Sto 1c, 21770


Kent, B.A., AB, A4880


Kent, C., Tel, 3688


King, John A.C., AB, V48770 - (POW)


King, W., L/Sto, KX93598


Kinisky, F., Tel, V12548


Kirby, W., OS, JX557472


Kirkby, A., AB, A4079


Kirkendale, G., Chief E.A., 40445


Kirkpatrick, J., L/Stwd, V13662


Knight, Russell N., PO, 3209 - (Haida)


Laidler, John, AB, V11667 - (POW) 


Lambert, William S., Tel, V5883 - (Haida) 


Lamoureux, Andre, LS, V4348 - (POW)


Latimer, E., PO, 2418


Lauder, G.A., LS, 3115


Lawson, C., Sto PO, A3315


Legh, Norris J., L/Coder, V36139 - (Haida)


Leighton, S., Sto, KX76918


Liggat, AB, Sto 1c, V37475


Liversidge, R.A., PO, 2601


Love, Alexander W.R., C/Sto, V8620 - (Haida)


Love, J., Sto, KX135016


Lowe, C.D., AB, C17674


Lowther, W.H., Sto 1c, V8813


MacDonald, Hugh T., Sto 2c, V58962 - (Haida)


MacGregor, K., AB, A5423


MacKenna, J., Sto, KX597970


MacKenzie, C., OS, V1705


Madden, D., Sto, KX525986


Maggs, J., ERA, M20707


Mancor, B.H., PO, 3233


Mancor, Claude A., Sto PO, 40464 - (Haida)


Manuel, A., Sto 1c, 21973


Marshe, W., Sto 1c, V26150


Martin, H.H., Sto, V12714


Martin, James A., Tel, V44560 - (POW)


Martin, W., AB, A2243


Martin, William M., Tel, V45798 - (Haida)


Maslove, N.P., Stwd, V33677


Mastboom, J., PO Stwd, A2815


Maxerall, G., PO Stwd, A946


McBride, William Oag, Slt (E), RCNVR - 19 Jun 1943


McCabe, Jesse A., AB, V34420 - (POW)


McCaw, R.A., V17419


McCloy, Edward H., AB, V18488 - (POW) 


McKeeman, Lester, B., AB, A4311 - (POW)


McLelland, J.H.C., Surg-LCdr, O-48000


McCormick, R.J., AB, V19188


McDonald, G.F., Sto 1c, A4685


McDonald, R., AB, V362


McDougall, W., Stwd, V36934


McGrath, J., AB, V11616


McKinnon, A.A., L/Sto, A4902


Miles, H.F., L/Sto, 21820


Miller, Joseph Raymond P.P.H., OS, V3922 - (Haida) 


Milne, A., Sto 1c, V33170


Moar, Raymond F., AB, V34808 - (POW)


Moore, Bob


Moore, R.F., OS, V30868


Morris, Guy


Morris, J., AB, V-3771


Muncer, E., PMX101537


Murray, F., Sto, KX118187


Mylrea, R.P., PO, 2815


Neaves, Harry B., Electrical Artificer 3c, 40844 - (Haida)


Nelson, D.H., OA, 40631


Norwood, W., Sto, KX104669

O'Brien, Earl, Sto PO, V26333 - (Haida)


O'Connell, J.B., Tel, 3862


O'Neill, D., AB, A2770


O'Rourke, W.A., Sy, CPO, 40375


Ogilvie, Robert B., SBPO, V27800 - (POW) 


Osborne, Robert D., AB. V11851- (POW)


Page, V.H., AB, V9975


Page, W., AB, V23154


Pallin, H., AB, 3748


Parker, G., Sto, KX130794


Parker, R., OS, V31867


Parkes, R., Sto, KX139454


Parsons, George J., AB, V18056 - (Haida)


Parsons, T., OS, JX570507


Patton, H.R., Slt, O-58000


Pearce, C., AB, 2959


Pennell, F.W., A-2254


Penny, E.V., L/tel, 2659


Percival, E.C., LS, 4090


Perin, H.W, AB,. V19749


Petersen, G., Sto 1c, A4147


Pfrimmer, E., AB, V24313


Pickett, W.M., AB, V2987


Pine, S.J./, L/Sto, V8923


Polson, Edwin A., Sto 1c, V33438 - (POW)


Pope, G., Sto PO, A2188


Potter, W.h., AB, V6463


Pottie, S.D., Sto 1c, V324


Powell, N.C., AB, 3888


Priest, G., Sto, Kc76481


Primeau, G., AB, V2417


Prudhomme, F.E., L/Cook(S), 40702


Quigley, George - L/Tel, V7980 - (Haida)


Rafuse, C.E., AB, V31865


Ramsey, An., Cook(S), NX65692


Renaud, L., AB, V4323 - (Haida) 


Reynolds, F., PO, DJ25460


Rigby, J., Sto, KX123843


Roach, J., ERA 5c, DMX509558


Rock, J.M.G., Wrtr (SP), C/MX 677366, RN - (Haida)


Rodin, P., AB, 3805


Rose, W.S., AB, V19038


Ross, C., L/Sto, 21827


Ross, J.D., Lt, O-62630


Rowbottom, H., Sto, KX146868


Russell, R., Sto, KX524794


Sabean, C., tel, 3856


Saint Pierre, F., Ls, 3244


Salisbury, W.C., LS, V7581


Sanders, R., AB, V27480


Sanders, S., AB, A5291


Sanders, Walter B., AB, V2801 - (POW)


Scanlon, Delbert D.H., Sig, V7702 - (POW)


Scott, A., Sto, KX133993


Scratch, Elmer W., AB, V50726 - (POW)


Sealey, E., Sto, KX597867


Seymour, W., Tel, V12334


Shea, John T., CERA, 21801 - (Haida)


Sheppard, Walter R., Tel, 4420, (POW)


Sillars, W., Sto, KX158110


Simaluk, Walter, AB, V10998    - (POW)


Smith, A.J., Sto 1c, 21841


Smith, G., AB, V3312


Smith, G.W., Sig, 3618


Smith, J., Sto, KX107746


Smith, J.N., LS, 3831


Smith, O.W., AB, V37393


Smith, T.B., AB, 3722


Smyth, James W., AB, V6532 -(POW)


Staples, W., Sto 2c, DKX179070


Stark, H., Sto 1c, A4447


Starr, C.L., LSA, V40835


Statz, Clarence K., OS, V46767 - (POW)


Strachan, L.G., PO, 3206


Strachan, W., L/Sto, KX102994


Stenning, Raymond B., CPO Cook(S), 40848 - (POW)


Sutherland, William G., Sto 1c, V36523 - (POW) 


Swaffer, D., AB, 3944


Sygrove, J., L/Stwd, V26316


Sylvester, R., LS, 3560


Takalo, Ernie, Sto 1c, V33953 - (Haida) 


Tate, W., Sto


Taylor, J., Sto, KX99498


Taylor, M.O., PO Tel, 2493


Templton, J., AB, V8930


Thisby, G., Sto, KX135243


Thomas, J., LS, V2354


Thourin, J., Sto 1c, V4417


Turner, R.E., CPO, V6132


Tyrie, James, Cook(S), V18295 - (POW)


Ullathorne, T., Sto, KX157137


Verden, P., AB, V24184


Virgint, S., LS, V7391


Walker, E., Sto 2c, KX165789


Wallace, William Bruce, Surg/Lt, O-75800, RCNVR - 03 Feb 1943


Wallen, S., EA


Waller, C., AB, V-18245


Wendon, F.W., PO, 2329


Westaway, Roy A., AB, V34915 - (POW)


White, J., Sto, KX102707


Whitson, J.A., L/Sto, A4165


Wiggins, D.H., LS, 2770


Wilkinson, M., Sto, KX59807


Willets, F., Shipwright 4c, V33365


Williams, A., Mechanic, KX77174


Willock, Samuel C., SA, V52873 - (POW)


Wilson, E., Sto, V37006


Wilson, R.V., LS, V11282


Wiseman, W., Sto PO, KX82916


Woodbridge, J., KX83362


Woods, L., Sto PO, KX80126


Woolley, P.A., Sto 1c, V38278


Woolsley, L.R., Tel, V10860


Young, Charles, Shipwright 4c, V41759 - (Haida)


Young, T.M., Sig, V24746


Yourke, J., PO, 3024



Photos and Documents


HMCS Athabaskan G07 - date and location unknown

HMCS Athabaskan G07 rescues survivors from German U-boat that was sunk by a Wellington bomber

Crow's Nest newspaper - Jan 1944

Engineroom dept of HMCS Athabaskan G07 when she was hit by a bomb on 27 Aug 1943


Crow's Nest newspaper - Jan 1944

HMCS Athabaskan G07

From the collection of Raymond Rolls

Courtesy of Kevin Gaines

Newspaper article on HMCS Athabaskan G07

From the collection of James A. Senior, RCN

Courtesy of Bob Senior

Damage to HMCS Athabaskan G07 caused by a glider bomb attack on August 27, 1943

Source: CROWSNEST Magazine Vol. 1, No. 6, April 1949

Damage to HMCS Athabaskan G07 caused by a glider bomb attack on August 27, 1943


From the collection of Joseph W. (Jim) L'Esperance, LS, RCNVR


Courtesy of Jim L'Esperance

Newspaper article on HMCS Athabaskan picking up survivors of German U-boat - dated 15 Dec 1943

From a Quebec newspaper

From the family of Able Seaman Paul Chamberland

Courtesy of Pierre Barrette

First official photo of HMCS Athabaskan along the coast of Scotland

From a Quebec newspaper

From the family of Able Seaman Paul Chamberland

Courtesy of Pierre Barrette

Captivating story of combat between a Canadian destroyer and German pilots

HMCS Athabaskan hit by bomb - 5 sailors killed, many wounded.

From a Quebec newspaper

From the family of Able Seaman Paul Chamberland

Courtesy of Pierre Barrette

Canadian and British flotilla sink German destroyer

From a Quebec newspaper

From the family of Able Seaman Paul Chamberland

Courtesy of Pierre Barrette

Nazi destroyer sunk

From a Quebec newspaper

From the family of Able Seaman Paul Chamberland

Courtesy of Pierre Barrette

Newspaper article of the battle in which HMCS Athabaskan G07 was lost


HMCS Athabaskan Was Sunk In Battle With German Destroyers. About 130 Of Her 200-Man Crew Are Accounted For. One Of the Geman Destroyers Was Driven Ashore in Flames

From the World War II collection of John Acorn

Courtesy of Barry Acorn


Articles from Quebec newspapers on the sinking of HMCS Athabaskan and the loss, capture and rescue of her crew


Note:  These articles are in French only


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(1 & 2) Terrible odyssey of 5 sailors from the Canadian ship Athabaskan - 27 Sep 1944  (3 & 4) Three sailors from Athabaskan saved from the high sea  (5) Five sailors from Athabaskan have escaped the Germans - 29 Aug 1944  (6) LS Stanley Dick missing with HMCS Athabaskan  (7) Sailors Beaudoin and Dion disappear with the Athabaskan  (8) Cold blood of a Sailor - Lt G.K. Cowan remembers G.J. Parsons - 04 May 1944  (9) Preparations for the invasion provoked the action which resulted in the sinking of the Athabaskan  (10) Raymond Miller, serving in Athabaskan, was saved  (11) Canadian destroyer Athabaskan sinks in the channel  (12) Two Quebecois return home - Arthur Beaudoin and John Fairchild  (13 & 14) Six Quebecois lost with HMCS Athabaskan - 05 May 1944  (15) Leaders of political parties pay tribute to the sailors of the Athabaskan - 02 May 1944  (16 & 17) Loss suffered by the Canadian Navy - 14 May 1944  (18) Loss suffered by the Navy  (19) Quebec sailors missing  (20) HMCS Athabaskan POWs arrive in England - 16 May 1945  (21) The valiance of Athabaskan sailors is praise - 02 May 1944  (22)  Thirty-five survivors of HMCS Athabaskan arrive in Canada - 04 May 1944  (23) Athabaskan survivors and casualties  (24) LCdr Dunn Lantier missing  (25) Sailor Germain Dion killed  (26) HMCS Athabaskan sunk  (27) Sailors Liberated - 11 May 1945


From the family of Able Seaman Paul Chamberland

Courtesy of Pierre Barrette


Robert Yeadon and shipmate, HMCS Athabaskan G07

Courtesy of Cynthia Tompkins

Graves of Robert Yeadon and Robert Henry, both were killed when HMCS Athabaskan G07 was sunk on 29 Apr 1944. Their bodies washed ashore on Ile de Batz, France.

Courtesy of Cynthia Tompkins


Newspaper articles on casualties and survivors from the sinking of HMCS Athabaskan G07




(1) Athabaskan Survivor - OS Joseph Raymond P.P.H. Miller - The Montreal Gazette 03 May 1944   (2)  Lindsay Boy went down on Athabaskan - May 10, 1944  (3) Signalman Allen Thasher (Thrasher) reported lost at sea  (4) Lindsay Native Believed on Athabaskan - May 2, 1944  (After articles #2, 3, and 4 were published it was found that Allen Thrasher did not die but had been captured and was a POW.)

During their captivity, some 70 members of HMCS Athabaskan's crew captured by German forces signed this mimeographed - or copied - document. Printed on the reverse side of a commemorative image of Athabaskan, the document provides space for survivors from each of the nine provinces in wartime Canada. More than 80 members of Athabaskan's crew were rescued and captured by German forces. Most of them wound up in prisoner of war camps, while a few seriously injured sailors were sent to a hospital where they were later liberated by American troops. George Metcalf Archival Collection CWM 19870005-001



by Stuart Kettles, L/Writer, RCNVR


From the collection of Joseph (Jim) L'Esperance, LS, RCNVR


Courtesy of Jim L'Esprance


"X & Y" turret crew on HMCS Athabaskan G07

Back row, 2nd from left - John W. Fairchild. 4th from left - Louis Ledoux


From the collection of Herman C. Sulkers


Courtesy of Paul Sulkers


Painting of HMCS Athabaskan G07

Source: Web blog by Pierre Lagacé

Crew members of HMCS Athabaskan G07

The 3 men on the left in front of the turret are (left to right) Raymond Leslie Roberts, Herm Sulkers, and Jim L'Esperance. In the turret window is John Gordon. On the turret, rear row, left to right are - Bob Moore, Bill Pickett and Ernest Anderson.  Eugene Fuller is on the gun barrel on the right, in front, behind him is Gerry Milot. On the left gun barrel - front to back - Maurice Watson, Vince Myette and Art Barrett

Source: Web blog by Pierre Lagacé

HMCS Athabaskan G07 Gun crew

Front row (L-R) Vince Myette, Bill Pickett, Gerry Milot, Art Barrett, Eugene Fuller

Rear row (L-R) Herm Sulkers, Maurice Watson, Bob Moore, John Gordon, Ernest Anderson, Ray Roberts, Jim L'Esperance


Update: The unknown gunner in this photo has been identified as Ernest Raymond Anderson


From the collection of Herman C. Sulkers


Courtesy of Paul Sulkers

Ernest Raymond Anderson has been identified by his wife and daughter as being the unknown gunner in the gun crew photo above

Jim L'Esperance

Jim survived the sinking of HMCS Athabaskan G07. He was captured by the Germans and was a POW for the remainder of the war

Source: Web blog of Pierre Lagacé


John W. Fairchild - When the Athabaskan was sunk, John went overboard on the opposite side of the ship from the Haida which was under orders NOT to stop and pick up survivors; the captain did anyway but only picked up men they could see…and then went to high revolutions to get away from the patrolling German P-T boats. The RCN had just introduced a new flotation device which had a lamp attached that was activated when in contact with water; my dad was wearing one of these.  At around the time of the sinking, John’s sister in Quebec City woke with a start seeing my father floating in the water with a big light over his head.  She was the only one in the entire family that was convinced he was alive as his paperwork was lost for some time and the family had received a telegram indicating “missing and presumed drowned at sea”.


John was sent to a prison camp with the other survivors; he and one of his mates escaped by hiding for three days in an asbestos filled attic when the Germans evacuated the prison (the Russians were approaching). They wandered west for a few days before being picked p by American troops who promptly arrested by Dad as they were convinced that he was a German posing as an escapee (blonde hair and blue eyes and all)! That took some time to sort out but, eventually, all the paperwork caught up to him and he came back to Canada.

Written by Peter Fairchild, son of John W. Fairchild

Source: Web blog of Pierre Lagacé

Crossing the Line certificate (Arctic Circle) for John James Acorn while onboard HMCS Athabaskan G07, 17 December 1943

From the collection of John James Acorn

Courtesy of Barry Acorn





Newspaper articles on HMCS Athabaskan's POWs

From the collection of John Acorn

Courtesy of Barry Acorn

Headstones for Leading Stoker William McGregor and Lt. Commander John H. Stubbs who were lost when HMCS Athabaskan G07 was sunk

Headstones are located at the PLOUESCAT COMMUNAL CEMETERY; Finistere, France

Source: Web blog by Pierre Lagacé

Ernest Raymond Anderson


RCN - HMCS Athabaskan G07


Ernest R. Anderson - Atlantic Star with clasp France and Germany, War Medal 1939-45, 1939-45 Star and Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with clasp.

Ernest Anderson's HMCS Athabaskan cap tally


Ernest R. Anderson joined the Royal Canadian Navy on 14 December 1939.  He served on HMCS Athabaskan and survived her sinking, being picked up by HMCS Haida. The following is from his daughter, Karen Anderson.  "My dad really never talked about his days in the war, he was just never the boastful kind of person. My mom does remember his brother telling her a story about my dad, on the Athabaskan on the night it sank. He mentioned how he was with one of the guns that exploded, he was thrown into the water and a lot of the men he was with were killed. He was a very strong swimmer and was able to swim to be rescued. He was covered in oil and had bad burns on his hands. He told me he remembers coming out being covered in oil and being filmed on a camera. I do know these burns on his hands gave him pain and limitations for his whole life."


Click here to view Ernest Anderson's Certificate of Service


Courtesy of Karen Anderson


Newspaper article on the repatriation of 64 POWs from HMCS Athabaskan G07

From the World War 2 collection of Jim L'Esperance

Source: Lest We Forget blog of Pierre Lagacé

Lieutenant Douglas McKenzie Brown 0-9383 RCNVR




Date of photo of A/Slt Brown (left) is unknown.  Second photo of Lt Brown is from the ship's company photo of HMCS Athabaskan G07.


The tunic belonged to Lt Brown and is in the collection of Kevin Joynt. Lt. Brown lost all his uniforms when HMCS Saguenay had her stern blown off, this was his replacement tunic.  He had this tunic when he was onboard HMCS Athabaskan G07. He was transferred off Athabaskan, on request, one month before she was sunk. Note the tag inside the tunic pocked with his name, D.M. Brown and the date it was made.


Courtesy of Kevin Joynt

Raymond Burton Rolls (Centre) - other crew member's names unknown

From the collection of Raymond Rolls

Courtesy of Kevin Gaines

Raymond Burton Rolls

Raymond was killed when the Athabaskan was sunk on 29 Apr 1944

From the collection of Raymond Rolls

Courtesy of Kevin Gaines

Remembrance Day: The captain yelled out, "Abandon ship!"

Newspaper article from "The Senior Times" - by Irwin Block


On November 11, we remember those who served our country, but for Harry Hurwitz the day he can’t forget is April 29, 1944.


That was the day Hurwitz and other victims of a German torpedo attack on his Canadian ship ended up in the English Channel, struggling to survive.


At 92, and a resident of the B’Nai Brith House in Côte St. Luc, Hurwitz recalled his remarkable story in preparation for Remembrance Day ceremonies. He is to lay a wreath at the cenotaph in Montreal West.


The Lachine-born son of trucker Chaim and Bella, with seven brothers and five sisters, enlisted in 1939 at age 18. He switched from the army to the navy and in 1942 shipped out to Greenock, just west of Glasgow, Scotland.


As an able-bodied seaman, Hurwitz was assigned to H.M.C.S. Athabaskan and in August 1943, while patrolling the channel, the ship was attacked by six Messerschmitt fighter-bombers.


“We opened fire, we drove five away, but one came out of the sky and dropped a bomb right near me. I was one of the lucky ones. The guy next to me was killed instantly and seven others died as well.”


He later sailed to Murmansk, Russia, as part of a convoy of 57 ships delivering materials and supplies to assist the Soviet Union in resisting and counter-attacking the German assault.


“Only about 20 made it. The rest were torpedoed and sunk. I was up in the masthead when it was 40 below zero, watching for enemy ships. They gave me a cup of coffee every 10 minutes, it was so cold.”


From its base in Plymouth, U.K., the Athabaskan continued to patrol the English Channel where the Allies were expected to launch the long-awaited second front by invading France.


On April 29, the ship left Plymouth at 6 pm and after three hours was at the French coast not far from Brest.


“For some reason, we went a little too close to the French coast. I’m on my gun at our action station, and all of a sudden a torpedo hit our ship near the stern. It was cut off completely, about 2,000 shells exploded and everyone was killed instantly.


“We got the order from Commander John Stubbs—who gave the order to man the hoses—to see if we could put out the fire. Guys were dying, they were screaming. Me and four other guys grabbed the hose, and just then a second torpedo hit. There was no pressure, everything was dead, the whole ship was ablaze. I got a piece of shrapnel right above my nose.


“Then the captain yelled out, ‘Abandon ship!’ Me and my friend Raymond Meloche (who lives at Ste. Anne’s veterans’ hospital) jumped. I threw off my big rubber boots and my heavy coat. We sunk at 4:28 am. How do I know? My mother bought me a cheap watch on my bar mitzvah and I had it all these years. She paid $4 for it!


“We were in the water for six or seven hours.


“First I was holding on to the masthead, with Meloche. I couldn’t see.


“I was covered with oil from head to toe. Then I held on to an empty barrel.


“One guy had his leg blown off and he kept yelling, ‘I don’t want to die.’ Another had a big hole in his stomach and the salt water was getting in and he was yelling. We couldn’t do anything. They all died in the water.”


A lifeboat floated nearby, probably released by Allied ships to help survivors. “About 15 or 16 of us got into the lifeboat. We had no oars, so we drifted, like a bunch of dummies.”


A German battleship appeared and prepared to take the men prisoner.


“I had my Magen David (Jewish star) and I ripped it off my neck and tossed it into the water. I also tossed a wallet, with Jewish things and about $40 I won the day before rolling the dice with the money from payday.”


Records show that 129 of the crew, including Captain John Stubbs, died. Hurwitz was among 83 men taken prisoner while another 44 were rescued by H.M.C.S. Haida. The war was coming to an end and the German captors “were very good to us.”


“We arrived in France and we saw two girls completely naked, dead drunk, and they cheered, ‘A way, les bons Canadiens,’ while the Germans commander yelled, ‘schnell’.”


Hurwitz was interrogated at a convent and gave his name as Hurwit – “I took off the zed, to sound less Jewish.”


His interrogator, an officer about 75, turned out to be “a really nice man. I told him I was from Lachine and he told me he had worked for General Electric in Lachine for about 20 years! I lived on 10th Ave. and LaSalle St., and General Electric was on 1st Ave. and LaSalle St.”


The German had immigrated to Canada to work as an engineer, but in 1936 went back to Germany to help his country, Hurwitz recalled.


He pounded the table, denounced the Jews, but Hurwitz said he replied he had worked for Jews and never had any problems.


After 14 days in Brest, the POWs were taken to a camp outside Hamburg. “Every night at exactly midnight, R.A.F. bombers attacked the oil installations there, and at Kiel, Bremen and Hanover. We would sit on top of our shack and had a beautiful view.”


He and a fellow prisoner bribed a guard with 25 cigarettes, worth “$500 on the black market,” and got wire cutters to escape. But when he asked a German woman in his Yiddish-style German in a nearby farm for a glass of water, she called the police and they were rearrested.


A senior British officer among the prisoners at the camp warned the Germans to “release the men immediately” because “the British were only 400 miles away and I will hold you personally responsible if anything happens to them.” They were returned to the general PoW population.


They were told to march to Lubek, and the column was accidentally attacked by an R.A.F. fighter—four men were killed by friendly fire. They returned to the prison camp.


Hurwitz was liberated on April 29, 1945—a year to the day he was captured. Two of his three daughters were born after war’s end—on April 29.


When he lays the wreath, Hurwitz says he’ll be thinking of that day in 1944, and “the guys in the water dying, shouting: ‘Save me, save me’.”

AB Harry Hurwitz and cousin in London, England

From the collection of Harry Hurwitz

Courtesy of Darla Hurwitz Scott

Athabaskan G07 POWs at Marlag und Milag. Harry Hurwitz is in the white shirt

From the collection of Harry Hurwitz

Courtesy of Darla Hurwitz Scott

Marlag und Milag POW camp


From the collection of Herman C. Sulkers


Courtesy of Paul Sulkers

ERA Leonard Mumford penned a letter home 2 days before his ship was sunk

Sig Donald King McGrath on the flag deck of HMCS Athabaskan G07

Courtesy of Donna McGrath

An oil covered Francis (Frank) Austin Charles Roach stands on the deck of HMCS Haida after being rescued

Courtesy of Garry McFadden

More Ottawa Men Off Athabaskan Now Prisoners-of-War

The Ottawa Journal 11 Aug 1944

Four Montreal Sailors Rescued In Loss of HMCS Athabaskan

The Montreal Gazette, Tue, 02 May 1944

Newspaper article dated 29 Apr 1944 on Missing Athabaskan crew members Lawrence Johnston, Herman Sulkers and Eddie Bieber

Courtesy of Pierre Legacé

Blog  Lest We Forget  //  Lest We Forget II


Letter from OS Berkeley to his parents - dated 02 Mar 1944

Courtesy of Pierre Legacé


Letter from OS Berkeley to his brother - dated 20 Apr 1944 (9 days before Athabaskan was sunk)

Courtesy of Pierre Legacé

Letter sent to OS A.G. Berkely that was returned to sender - OS Berkeley was MPK

Courtesy of Pierre Legacé

Newspaper article on one Athabaskan casualty (OS Berkeley) and one Athabaskan survivor (PO Mancor)

Courtesy of Pierre Legacé

Newspaper article announcing the loss of HMCS Athabaskan G07 - Sunk in action

Courtesy of Pierre Legacé

Newspaper article on two of HMCS Athabaskan G07's casualties - OS Berkeley and AB Barrett

Courtesy of Pierre Legacé

Newspaper article on LCdr Stubbs

Courtesy of Steve Hlasny

Three Athabaskan sailors reported missing


OS L.R. Johnson, AB Herman Sulkers and PO Eddie Bieber


Courtesy of Operation Picture Me


Note: Herman Sulkers survived the war as a POW - OS Johnson and PO Bieber died when Athabaskan was sunk

Article from an Ontario newspaper and Ontario men missing from HMCS Athabaskan G07

Athabaskan Survivors In Canada

The Halifax Chronicle, Tuesday, 23 May 1944

Researched by / Courtesy of George Newbury

Athabaskan Survivors in Halifax

The Halifax Mail, Monday, 22 May 1944

Researched by / Courtesy of George Newbury

Survivors Tell of Athabaskan Sinking

The Halifax Chronicle Thursday, 25 May 1944

Research by / Courtesy of George Newbury


Sailors mentioned in the article: Leading Cook Alfred Richardson;  Leading Seaman Victor Bushie of Halifax, NS;  Stoker Petty Officer Earl O'Brien of New Waterford, NS;  Leading Seaman Frank (Doc) Savage of Edmonton;  Able Seaman Al Foran;  Able Seaman Andre Audet of Montreal;  Seaman Stanley Buck of Toronto: Signalman Tom Eady of Welland, ON; Petty Officer George Caswell of Vancouver, BC;  Signalman Guy J. Norris of Neslon, BC.


Articles on the repatriation of Athabaskan POWs


From the collection of Joseph W. (Jim) L'Esperance


Courtesy of Jim L'Esperance


Leading up to D-Day (50 years later) - Re-print of a newspaper article on the loss of Athabaskan G07 - original article dated 01 May 1944

From the collection of Ivan Chamberlain

Courtesy of Dave Chamberlain


On September 19, 2017, HMCS Montréal took time from their operation to honour and remember the officers and sailors of HMCS Athabaskan who were lost at sea when the ship was torpedoed and sank off the coast of France on April 29, 1944 during the Second World War. As HMCS Montréal transited north as part of NEPTUNE TRIDENT 17-02, the ship’s company laid a wreath at sea over the area where HMCS Athabaskan sank. The wreath was laid by those who served on HMCS Athabaskan (3rd of name), named after the original Athabaskan, whose members felt a close connection to the ship and its history.


DND/RCN Photos / Crown copyright 2017

Montage that was presented to Mr. Ernie Takalo, a survivor of the sinking of HMCS Athabaskan G07, onboard HMCS Haida during a Remembrance Ceremony for the crew of Athabaskan G07. The montage has the last crew photo taken of HMCS Athabaskan G07 and a crew photo from HMCS Athabaskan 282

Courtesy of Blair Gilmore



HMCS Athabaskan G07 Survivors Reunion 1971


Back Row (L-R): Bert Burrows, Jack Scott, Robin Hayward, Geoffrey Hesler, William Bint, Jim Richardson, Raymond Heloche, Wilfred Henrickson, William Howard, Charles Burg, Alex McKinnon, George Howard


Front Row (L-R): Mac Young, George Parsons, Clarence Rafuse, Sam Pine, George Lunder, Jim Tyrie, Orwen Deal, Jim L'Esperance, Emile Beaudoin, Paul Galland, Raymond Moar, Jim Eva




Surviving crew members for HMCS Athabaskan G07 onboard HMCS Athabaskan 282 in the English Channel near where HMCS Athabaskan G07 was sunk - 1974

From the collection of Greg Mackenzie

Courtesy of David H. Brown

Click on the above photo to view a larger image


In 2003, Greg Mackenzie, a commissioning crew member for HMCS Athabaskan 282, received a tour of HMCS Athabaskan 282 from MS David Brown. Greg sent David a thank you letter for the tour and sent him the above photo with the letter.


Click here to read the letter Greg Mackenzie sent to MS David Brown




Six survivors of HMCS Athabaskan G07 on HMCS Athabaskan 282 - 2002

(1) Wilf Henrickson  (2) Ernie Takalo  (4) Herm Sulkers


Article from the Vancouver Sun on HMCS Athabaskan G07

Courtesy of Dave Clarke


Newspaper article from the Trident Magazine on a memorial service conducted on HMCS Athabaskan 282 on 16 Oct 2015, off the coast of France, for those lost on HMCS Athabaskan G07 by Slt Blair Gilmore, HMCS Athabaskan.

Courtesy of Blair Gilmore