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HMCS BAYFIELD J08

Former HMS BAYFIELD

 

HMCS Bayfield's

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HMCS Bayfield J08

 

Laid down: 30 Dec 1940

Launched: 26 May 1941

Transferred to the RCN:

Commissioned: 26 Feb 1942

Paid off: 24 Sep 1945

Fate: Broken up in 1948

 

Named for the village of Bayfield, N.S., she was built at Vancouver for the RN but transferred to the RCN for manning, and commissioned on 26 Feb 1942. After working up, Bayfield joined Esquimalt Force in May 1942 but was transferred to Prince Rupert Force in Nov 1942, returning to Esquimalt in Mar 1943, for re-assignment to the east coast. She left Esquimalt on 18 Mar 1943, arriving at Halifax on 30 Apr 1943 and, after a major refit at Baltimore, Md., joined Halifax force until ordered to the U.K. for invasion duties. On 18 Feb 1944, with Georgian, Mulgrave and Thunder, she left Halifax for Plymouth via the Azores, arriving on 07 Mar 1944. Allocated to the 31st Minesweeping Flotilla on 07 Mar 1944, her CO, Lt, Pierce was the SO of the flotilla. She was present on D-Day, and she remained with Plymouth Command until paid off on 24 Sep 1945. Returned to the RN, she was placed in reserve at Sheerness until 1948, when she was broken up at Gateshead.

 

Commanding Officers

Lt Douglas Wharrie Main, RCNR - 26 Feb 1942 - 03 Nov 1942

Lt A.H. Gosse, RCNR - 04 Nov 1942 - 31 Dec 1942

Lt Douglas Wharrie Main, RCNR - 01 Jan 1943 - 19 Jan 1944

Lt Stanley Pierce, RCNR - 20 Jan 1944 - 15 Oct 1944

Lt J.C.K. McNaught, RCNVR - 16 Oct 1944 - 22 Dec 1944

Lt F.A. Cunningham, RCNVR - 23 Dec 1944 - 01 Sep 1945

Lt J.G. Kingsmill, RCNVR - 02 Sep 1945 - 24 Sep 1945

 

Captain for the day

 

Captain for the day is a tradition in the RCN where during the ship's Christmas celebrations, the Commanding Officer changes places with the youngest member of the ship's company.

Clayton, Sto 1c - 1944 

 

 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

C-D

Clark, William George

1923-2004

Served in Bayfield 13 Oct 1944 - 06 Jun 1945 as A/L/Tel and L/Tel

Cormier, Joseph P.

1923-2017

 

 

 

G-H

Gillespie, Charles Nevin

1925-2007

Heffer, Clifford Waldo

1920-2007

Hogan, James Arthur

1924-1997

 

 

I-J

Isaac, Clifford Howard

1923 - 2002

Was on Bayfield during the D-Day landings

 

 

 

 

K-L

Lynch, Donald

1920-2002

 

 

 

 

O-P

Optiz, William John

1924-2016

Served on Bayfield in 1944-1945 as a L/Sto, RCNVR

 

 

 

 

Q-R

Rashbrook, Gerald W.

1924-2009

Richardson, Stanley

1923-2007

Roy, Donald Kean

____-2006

 

 

S-T

Thomas, John Clement Dean

1921-1983

Served in Bayfield 16 Mar 1943 - 21 Jul 1945 as Coder, RCNVR

 

 

 

 

W-X

Walker, William Frederick

1922-2016

 

 

 

 

Y-Z

Yeldon, Jim

____-____

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Aitchison, R

 

Appleby, F., PO, RCNVR - Aug 1944

 

Arter, Donald McKay, A/Wt (E), RCNR - 18 May 1943

 

Berube, Joseph Benoit Aurele, Lt, RCNVR - 25 Jun 1943


Brochu, A., Sto 1c, RCNVR - Aug 1944

 

Buckley, J.

 

Burgess, Gerald Francis, Ch/Skpr, RCNR - 01 Feb 1944

 

Capper, John Alexander, Slt, RCNVR - 12 Jul 1943

 

Clayton, Sto 1c - 1944 - 1945

 

Dodds, H., AB, RCNVR - Aug 1944

 

Fraser, Frank Lester, Sto 2c - Jul 1945 (Crew photo)

 

Gregoire, M., Cox'n

 

Grundy, Harry Thomas, Slt, RCNVR - 26 Feb 1942


Gundry-White, F., L/Tel, RCNVR - Aug 1944


Hamilton, G., Sig, RCNVR - Aug 1944

 

Heyes, Frederick Anthony, DSC, War/Mech, RN - 14 Feb 1942 / Wt/Mech - 26 Feb 1942

Higgins, (??), Seaman

 

Holder, Gordon Githrier Keith, Lt, RCNVR - 26 Feb 42


Iannone, L., AB, RCNVR - Aug 1944

 

Mahoney, Richard Alexander, Lt, RCNVR - 18 Feb 1944

 

Maynard, Murray Renoug, LT(E), RCNVR - 28 Jan 1944

 

McKee, Walter Albert, Slt, RCNVR - 09 May 1942


Nazar, F., Sto 1c, RCNVR - Aug 1944

 

Ostennud, Ossie

 

Patterson, Henry Winthrop, Slt, RCNVR - 27 Apr 1942

 

Plasky, Mike, Seaman

 

Rikstad, C., LS, RCNVR - Aug 1944

 

Rimmer, D., L/S.A., RCNVR - Aug 1944

 

Robitaille, Jean Paul, Slt, RCNVR - 26 Feb 1942

 

Rose, E., Seaman

Rowsell, B., Seaman


Ruyman, A., Tel, RCNVR - Aug 1944

 

Saunders, G. Seaman

 

Sanderson, Adrian Bruce, Lt, RCNVR - 31 Jul 1942

 

Schultz, B., Seaman


Scott, A., CERA, RCNVR - Aug 1944

 

Scott, David Mahood, Lt, RCNVR - 18 May 1943

 

Thorpe, Jack 


Tonnellier, S., Sig, RCNVR - Aug 1944

 

Wahl, M., Seaman

 

Walker, W.

 

Whitaker, Terry, AB

 

Wilson, B.


Wilson, R., OS, RCNVR - Aug 1944

 

Wozny, A.


Yasek, F., LS, RCNVR - Aug 1944

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

Personal photo gallery for James Arthur Hogan

Personal photo gallery for John Thomas, DSM

Personal photo gallery for Jim Yeldon

Personal photo gallery of William (Bill) George Clark

Remembering to forget

Ship's company photos for HMCS Bayfield

 

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