For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE CVL 22

 

 

NOT FOR US ALONE

HMCS Bonaventure - DND/RCN photo

 

Battle honours and awards

 

Lowestoff  1665,   Four days Battle  1666,   Orfordness  1666,   Sole bay  1672

Schooneveld  1673,   Texel  1673,   Barfleur  1892,   Malta Convoys  1941

 

 

Laid Down: 27 Nov 1943

Launched: 27 Feb 1945

Commissioned: 17 Jan 1957

Paid off: 01 Jul 1970

 

Built by Harland & Wolff Ltd., Belfast, Ireland, she was originally laid down as HMS Powerful. Construction on her had been suspended in 1946, but was restarted on 15 Jul 1952 and she was renamed HMCS Bonaventure after the bird sanctuary in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Work on this ship had stopped three months after her launching in Feb 1945, with the result that when construction resumed in 1952, improvements could be built into her. The most notable of these was the angled flight deck, which provided a longer landing run without sacrificing forward parking space, and permitted the removal of the unpopular crash barrier. Also noteworthy were a steam catapult and a mirror landing sight, the latter going far toward eliminating human error in landing. "Bonnie" was commissioned at Belfast on 17 Jan 1957, and arrived at Halifax on 26 Jun 1957, carrying on deck an experimental hydrofoil craft that was to serve in the development of HMCS Bras d'Or. Unlike her predecessors, Bonaventure had Banshee jet fighters and Tracker A/S aircraft as her complement. Like them, she enjoyed a busy career of flying training and participating in A/S and tactical exercises with ships of other NATO nations. In the summer of 1963, while exercising in the North Atlantic, HMCS Bonaventure was conducting a RAS with HMCS Athabaskan 219. During the RAS, the two ships collided. The Bonaventure, which suffered minor damage, proceeded to Invergordon, Scotland for repairs, while the Athabaskan, more seriously damaged, proceeded to the closest port, Belfast, Northern Ireland, for temporary repairs. 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) What was expected to be her mid-life-refit, carried out from 1966 to 1967, took 16 months and cost over 11 million. On 01 Dec 1967, while operating in the North Atlantic, Sea King 4002 off HMCS Bonaventure, crashed into the Atlantic. While the two pilots were ejected on impact and survived, 2 air crew died. On 03 Dec 1969, during the ship’s decommissioning cruise, the aviation fuel tanks (AVGAS) on HMCS Bonaventure were required to be emptied and cleaned. Tragically, one fuel tank did not vent properly, and the first two sailors who entered the fuel tank were overcome by deadly fumes. A second pair of sailors lost their lives during the rescue attempt. Only 3 years after her mid-life refit, she was incomprehensibly paid off on 01 July 1970, and sold for scrap.

 

Commanding Officers

Capt. Harold Victor William Groos, RCN - 17 Jan 1957 - 14 Jan 1958

Capt. William Moss Landymore, OBE, RCN - 15 Jan 1958 - 11 Sep 1959

Capt. J.C. O'Brien, RCN - 12 Sep 1959 - 29 Aug 1961

Capt. Frederick Charsley Frewer, RCN - 30 Aug 1961 - 06 Aug 1963

Capt. R.W. Timbrell, DSC, RCN - 07 Aug 1963 - 01 Apr 1965

Capt. Henry Allan Porter, RCN - 02 Apr 1965 - 31 July 1966

Cdr. A.T. Bice, RCN - 01 Aug 1966 - 20 Nov 1966

Capt. R.H. Falls, RCN - 21 Nov 1966 - 08 Apr 1969

Capt. James Mortimer Cutts - 09 Apr 1969 - 08 Jan 1970

Cdr. Henry William (Hank) Vondette - 09 Jan 1970 - 01 Jul 1970

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

BELL-IRVING, Brian

LCdr, O-5867, 871 SQN, RCN

killed - 04 Mar 1958 

BOULTER, John Elvin

AB

died - 03 Dec 1969 

DAUGHARTY, George Boyd

Lt, O-18025, 880 A/S SQN, RCN

killed - 02 Apr 1959 

HENDERSON, Edward Ingram

LS, N-16504, RCN

died - 13 Dec 1960 

KNOX, John Charles

CD, LCdr

died - 22 Mar 1966 

LOGAN, Gary Edward

Slt, O-42561, 880 A/S SQN, RCN

killed - 02 Apr 1959 

MANDER, Douglas Norman

CD, PO1, N27250, RCN

killed - 01 Dec 1967 

50 Helicopter A/S SQN

MORRELL, Gordon Hayes

LS

died - 03 Dec 1969 

PATTERSON, Donald Raymond

CD, LS

died - 03 Dec 1969 

QUINN, William John

CD, PO1

died - 10 Aug 1967 

SLASOR, Robert Henry

CD, CPO2, 22718-H, RCN

died - 31 Oct 1965 

SWIM, Gary Lee

LS

died - 03 Dec 1969 

TULLY, Claire Gordon

CD, Commissioned Officer, 074294, RCN

killed - 01 Dec 1967 

50 Helicopter A/S SQN

VOCZKO, Larry Adam

Lt

died - 25 Aug 1962 

 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A

Adam, James Blackwood

____-2008

Adamski, Stanley Walter

1926-2015

Addison, Herbert Thomas

1928-2002

Allen, Weldon Warren

1922-2015

Appleford, Laurence

1940-2009

Arnold, John Martin

1933-2014

Served in Bonaventure, VF-871 Sqn 1958 - 1959 as Lt, RCN

Arnold, Kingsley Bernard

____-2002

Served in Bonaventure in 1959 with VS 880 SQN as Slt (P) (SSA), RCN 

Arsenault, Vilbon

____-2009

Arthur, Robert Harold

1925-2013

Ayer, Gardner

1939-2015

Ayotte, Jean-Paul

____-2005

B

Baldwin, Conrad Walter

1931-2016

Bardeau, Eugene Charles Marshall

1940-2012

Barker, James H.

1930-2005

Beaver, Kenneth

1928-2014

Bédard, Cécilien

1937-2013

Served in Bonaventure as an LSET2

Beecher, Scott Eaton

____-2102

Bell, Richard

1942-2015

Bellemare, Gérard

1931-2015

Berry, Peter Cushing

1923-2006

Biggs, Leonard Walter

____-2015

Birchall, Kenneth Gorman

1940-2017

Black, Edward

____-2010

Blake, William Frank

1941-2006

Bolt, George Miller

____-2012

Served in Bonaventure in 1957 as Lt (E), RCN

Bone, Richard Melbourne

1930-2013

Bourque, Donald Joseph

____-2008

Boutin, Jean Claude Germain

1931-2016

Bowen, Wayne L.

1945-2012

Bowman, Donavin Bernhard

1940-2014

Served in Bonaventure May 1965 - Jan 1969

Bradford, Wayne

1935-2012

Briard, Kerry Philip

1934-2014

Bridgman, Arthur Graham

1917-2004

Brosh, James Robert

1942-2017

Brown, Walter Kenneth

____-2016

Bruce, William Ernest

____-2007

Bryden, Ronald Joseph

____-2011

Served in Bonaventure in the late 1960s as a stoker

Bull, William F.

1934-2016

Burke, Patrick James

____-2014

Butts, Thomas Howard

1927-2003

 

C

Cairney, John Dorrian

1929-2010

Cameron, John Edward Ingham

1939-2011

Carter, Fred Tilley

1939-2013

Cassidy, Charles Homer

1933-2016

Cassidy, Gerald, Stwd, RCN

____-2017

Caudle, Douglas A.

1928-2016

Chamberlain, Allan Howard

1931-2010

Served in Bonaventure 1967-1969 as an Electrician

Chambers, Ronald Joseph

____-2004

Churchill, Michael Fraser

____-2012

Clark, Donald Stanley

____-1963

Served in Bonaventure as Lt (P) (SSA), RCN as a pilot in VS-881 and in 1959 as Operations Watchkeeper

Clark, F. Gordon

1932-2016

Coady, Francis Earl Matthew

____-2004

Cook, Geoffrey Robert

1942-2010

Cooper, David Brian

____-2006

Cooper, Ronald Ellwood

1942-2013

Cormack, Bruce

____-2014

Cory, David Frederick

1930-2012

Coughlan, John

____-2015

Crowley, Michael Joseph Patrick

1929-2015

Served in Bonaventure 1967-1969 as Senior Electrical Officer

Culligan, Joseph Robert

____-2007

Curry, Donald George

____-2014

 

 

 

 

D

Daly, Brendan George

1932-2013

Commissioning crew

Davis, Douglas

1927-2017

Dawson, Eric Jardine

1925-2006

Served in Bonaventure 1966-1967 as Cdr (E), RCN

Day, Kenneth Arthur Montgomery

1926-2015

Dayton, Francis James

1924-2013

Denomey, David Raymond E.

1940-2017

Deveaux, Joseph Eugene

1926-2013

de Ste. Croix, Dennis John

1923-2006

Deiter, Clayton Lloyd

1943-2014

Dixon, Lancelot George

____-2014

Doucette, Raymond Joseph Frank

1931-2016

Doyle, Adrian Francis

1941-2015

Dubois, Bernard

____-2009

Dwviniczuk, George

1932-2015

 

E-F

Eddy, Keith Malcolm

1935-2011

Edgar, Eric Gordon

____-2014

Edwards, James Richard

____-2009

Edwards, Murray Hilton

1927-2011

Egerton, Alfred William Gould

1932-2017

Ellis, Raymond Thomas

____-2011

English, Kenneth Thomas

____-2013

Fallen, Edward A.

____-2002

Falls, Robert Hilborn

1924-2009

Served in Bonaventure in 1958 as LCdr, in 1961 as Commander Air and  8th Commanding Officer

Filsinger, Wilfred L.G.

1938-2016

Fitzpatrick, Maurice Arthur

1932-2012

Flanagan, Leonard George

1931-2013

Fleming, George C.

1936-2016

Forman, George Edward

1931-2014

Forster, Edward Ralph

____-2008

Foster, Kenneth Sinclair

1934-2010

Fotheringham, James Brant

1921-2013

Served in Bonaventure in 1957 as Cdr (P), RCN, Commander Air

Fox, Alexander Edward

1925-2001

Served in Bonaventure in 1967 as Cdr, RCN, XO

Fraser, James

1933-2016

Served in Bonaventure as Surg-Lt

Frank, John Frederick

1925-2017

Fraser, Peter Archibald

1941-2014

Frewer, Frederick Charsley

1922-2004

 

 

 

G

Gallant, Ronald E.

1940-2009

Gerard, Joseph Alponse Gautreau

1940-2008

Gerrior, Marshall James

1927-2004

Gervais, John

1936-2013

Gibbs, Kenneth Lyle

1924-2001

Gillespie, Alexander William

____-2014

Gillespie, Gordon Duncan

1924-2015

Gould, Norman Albert

1926-2014

Graham, William O.

1933-2015

Greenwood, Harold Morris

____-2014

Greenwood, Joseph Carl

1939-2013

Served in Bonaventure as a PO2 Electrician

Greer, Gerald Eugene

____-2016

Grentz, Reginald John

1928-2017

Groos, Harold Victor William

1912-1987

1st Commanding Officer

Guest, Victor

1924-2008

Guthrie, Kenneth L.

____-2008

 

 

 

 

H

Hagerty, Bernard I.

1926-2015

Halliday, Richard George

____-2016

Served in Bonaventure as a P2ST

Halvorsen, Frederick A.

1946-2005

Served in Bonaventure circa 1963-1965 as an OS Firefighter 

Hamilton, Ian Barr

1937-2015

Hamilton, Robert Alexander

____-2011

Hardy, Donald Henry

1928-2010

Harper, Irvine Lyle

1928-1997

Harvey, William Ross

1947-2017

Hatfield, Sinclair

1932-2016

Hayes,Guilford Roscoe

____-2008

Helps, George Elgin

1933-1994

Henderson, Leslie Frederick Maynard

1924-2010

Higgs, Ralph Wilson

____-2010

Served in Bonaventure 1955-1960

Hill, Donald James

1934-2012

Hill, Edwin Byard

____-2008

Hilliard, Geoffrey Strickland

____-1972

Served in Bonaventure in 1959 in VS-880 SQN

Hillier, Charles Henry

____-1994

Hoeg, Richard

1944-2011

Hoffman, Herman E.

____-1995

Served in Bonaventure Jan 1965 - Jan 1966 as an ET

Horvath, Joseph

1926-2013

Hoskins, William Birnie

1941-2009

Howard, Eugene Cleveland

1934-2015

Howie, William Lovell

1931-2011

Hughes, Donald Clarence

____-1999

Hughson, Charles Roy

1942-2015

Hunter, Donald Fraser

1926-2006

Hunter, Hubert James

1920-2011

 

 

 

I-J

Inch, George Donald

1926-2011

 

Janusas, Edmund Alexander

____-2016

Jellett, John David

1926-2016

Jenson, George Andrew

1923-2017

Jones, David B.

1937-____

Jones, Donald Stephenson

1924-2015

Served in Bonaventure in 1967 as Cdr, RCN, Engineering Officer

 

 

 

 

K-L

Kearney, Joseph Patrick

1935-2012

Keeler, Anthony P.

1931-2016

Kenny, Philip Leslie

1946-2011

King, Herbert Frederick

1928-2014

Kinney, Leilen Perley

1939-2008

Kirwin, James Terrance

1941-2010

Kitchin, James

1927-2007

Kostal, Joseph Wilfred

1935-2014

Kozak, Leonard Frederick

1940-2016

L'Heureux, Edward Joseph

1929-2013

Served in Bonaventure in 1958 as Lt (S), (SSA), Supply Officer

Laforme, George Richard

1942-2016

Landymore, William Moss

1916-2008

Langman, Donald George

1929-2017

LaRamée, Laurent Guy

1917-2011

LaRush, William David

____-2013

Leblanc, Julien

1941-2002

Lecky, David John

____-2005

Lees, Joseph Clifford

1937-2007

Served in Bonaventure 02 May 1961 - 12 Sep 1962

Leir, Richard Hugh

1921-2015

Leslie, Duncan Ewing

____-2010

Leonard, Norman Joseph

1930-2016

 Ley, Charles Thomas

1935-2006

Served in Bonaventure 04 Mar 1959 - 19 Jun 1959, 06 Jan 1961 - 31 Jul 1961 and Jan 1968 - Apr 1968

Lilly, John Wesley

1933-2017

Lofgren, Harry

1934-2016

Lourme, Ernest Patrick

1929-2013

Lowe, John Douglas

1919-2009

Served in Bonaventure in 1965 as CO HS-50 SQ

 

 

 

 

M-N

MacAlpine, Gerald Angus

1937-2013

MacDonald, Joseph Patrick

1942-2012

MacGillivray, Darroch Norman

1934-2003

MacKay, Donald Angus

1926-2017

MacLean, Owen K,

1933-2015

MacLeod, John Trites

1935-2014

MacNeil, Gregory J.

____-1998

MacNeil, Steven Francis

1929-2017

Mageau,  Gilbert Emile

1940-2006

Maloney, Gerald James

1930-2015

Marcotte, Grant William

1934-2006

Marlow, Russell Bruce

____-2009

Martin, Francis Joseph

____-2015

Martin, Sidney Joseph

1937-2013

Mayhew, Milton Matthew

1934-2015

Mayne, John

1940-2006

Mayo, Mark William

1923-2011

McCormack, Roy

1925-2012

McCue, George A.

____-1993

McCulloch, Paul Lancelot Steele

1927-2009

McGowan, Stewart Edwin

1938-2014

McGrath, Gerald Melvin

1938-2009

McInnis, Lloyd Hector

1926-2996

McKechnie, William Jordan

1927-2013

McLachlan, Terrance

____-2002

McPhee, Arthur David

1919-2006

McQueen, Sherwood

1933-2010

Meyers, Ronald

1937-2016

Milhomme, Léandre Laurent Joseph

1936-2017

Miller, Eugene Vernon

____-2008

Mitchell, Bert Amos

1943-2012

Moffat, William John Bingham

1934-2001

Mooney, Gerald Daniel Joseph

1927-2005

Mowat, Robert Alexander Laird

1950-2009

Murphy, Daniel James

1929-2016

Murphy, Vincent John

1923-2011

Murphy, William Alvin

1932-2014

Murray, Sherman Edwin

1934-2016

 

 

O-P

O'Brien, Jack Lennis

1926-2015

O'Hara, Robert

1941-2016

Served in Bonaventure in 1968 as a cook

O'Quinn, Michael Thomas

1927-2017

Oivanen, Gary Lawrence

1934-2013

Oliver, Henry Dudgeon

1927-1972

Served in Bonaventure 1960-1962 as Surg-LCdr (P), RCN

Ormsbee, Charles Leslie

1927-2011

Ouellet, Rene Joseph

1940-2009

Served in Bonaventure as a LSET

Panteluk, William

1931-2013

Parry, Arthur Charles Daniel

1939-2010

Parkasewych, George

1940-2010

Pattenden, John Paul

1933-2015

Paul, Joseph Morrison

____-2004

Peeling, Donald Albert

1929-2012

Peletier, Ronald Harry

1938-2007

Peters, Delbert Alicen

1927-2015

Petter, John Charles Frederick

____-2014

Phillips, Raymond

1921-2014

Served in Bonaventure in 1963 as Cdr, RCN, XO

Pilkington, Ronald William

____-2015

Pittman, Ernest Chesley

____-2014

Poirier, Charles

____-2016

Porter, Henry Allan

1920-2016

6th Commanding Officer

Potvin, Jean-Paul

1915-1981

Preston, Thomas Paul

____-2013

Pringle, Gilbert John

1927-2015

Publicover, Donald

1931-2015

Q-R

Quick, Fred Albert

____-2016

Rent, Frederick Charles

1938-2017

Riutta, Bill

____-2016

Roberts, Ralph Donald

1931-2012

Robertson, Neil Stuart

1930-2017

Robichaud, Allain Rene

1940-2014

Robinson, Douglas W.J.

____-2009

Rockley, Robert A.

____-1986

Rogers, Eugene Seldon

1929-2012

Ross, John Laurie

1950-2006

Rowat, Gordon Livingstone

1925-2008

Rowell, Sheldon MacDonald

1925-2013

Roy, Douglas Arthur

1943-2016

 

 

S

Saunders, Gary

1934-2017

Saunders, Oliver Milen

____-1992

Served in Bonaventure as a PO2 Mar Eng

Schultz, Elvin Arnold

1938-2009

Shaw, George A. Sr,

1937-2006

Shellinck, Anton Albert

1925-2007

Shields, Amory Russell

1926-2017

Silvester, Henry

1919-2013

Silins, Janis

1939-2014

Simpson, John Burton

1939-2012

Smith, Carmen Ernest

1933-2010

Sosnkowski, Joseph

1932-2012

Stegen, James William

1933-2017

Served in Bonaventure in 1959

Stone, George Alfred

1921-2007

Strum, Gordon Eugene

____-2012

Stymest, Leslie Holt

1931-2006

Sunderland, Albert Eldon

____-2011

Served in Bonaventure May - Nov 1965, HS 50

 

 

 

 

T

Tate, David Henry

1931-2015

Served in Bonaventure in 1969 as Cdr, RCN, CO VS-880 Sqn

Tessier, Yves Georges

1936-2010

Thibault, Joseph Theophile Laurent

1927-2016

Thomas, Edgar John Boyle

____-2002

Thompson, C.H.

1925-2009

Tighe, Gilbert Joseph

1934-2014

Timbrell, Robert Walter

1920-2006

Timmerman, Nick

1940-2008

Tizard, John

1918-1987

Treherne, Thomas Claude

1923-2016

Tudor, David T.

1926-2008

Served in Bonaventure in 1958 as CPO Radioman

Turner, Bruce Archie

1919-2013

 

 

 

U-V

Urquhart, Glen Cameron

1942-2017

 

Verran, Harry James

1930-2015

Vondette, Henry William

1924-2006

Served in Bonaventure in 1969 as Cdr, RCN XO.

10th Commanding Officer

 

 

W-X

Wash, Ronald Thomas

1924-2016

Washen, Lawrence Phillip

____-2016

Waters, Brian James

____-2004

Served in Bonaventure as a LSER

Weir, David Russell Edwin

1926-2007

Welland, Robert Philip

1918-2010

Whelly, Joseph Edward

1910-2007

Windsor, Cedric Agustus

____-____

Three badge Killick on Bonaventure 1967-1968

Wiscombe, Samuel Andrew

1946-2010

Witthoeft, Karl Anthony

1936-2013

Witwicki, Anthony

1927-2006

Worthington, Donald Edward

____-2009

Wright, Kenneth Lloyd

1923-2004

Served in Bonaventure 18 Jul 1966 - 06 Jul 1969

 

Y-Z

Yule, Andrew Campbell

1916-2002

Zbitnew, Leonard Thomas

1933-2015

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Bakody, David, ABEM1, RCN - 1962 / LSER2 - 1968 

 

Cantlie, James Stephen Temple, Lt, RCN - 1963

 

Foster, Robert, C.E.R.A. - 1970

 

Lake, Barry, LT

 

Haigh, George, LS, Cook - 1968

 

Henry, Ronald, Cook - 1968-1969

 

Houston, Richard (Shorty) 

 

King, Ken - 23 Dec 1962 - 17 Feb 1963

 

Kloosterman, Jim

 

Lapierre, Brian - Jun 1967 - Jun 1969

Latcham, Garry J. 

 

Malott, Fred

 

McDougall, Keith, ABEM2, Sep 1963 - May 1966 / LSEM2, Oct 1967 - Jul 1970   

 

McGuire, John

 

McLean, Bud

 

Miller, William (Dusty), ABER - May 1967 - Dec 1969

 

O'Brien, Larry

 

Olive, Mike, LS, Air Bos',n, 581 Safety Systems, RCN

 

Penny, Harold, LS, Cook - 1968

 

Price, Tom, Stoker

Reaume, Wayne, 27146-H

 

Rodgers, Stu 

 

Shuckburgh, Trevor Cole, Cdr, RCN, XO 1966-1968

 

Sweeny, Earl, Cook - 1969

 

Tang, John

 

Tofflemire, Bob, RP

 

Vowels, Gerry 

 

Watkin, Murray, MA, 38440-H -1960 - 1961

 

Westlake, Jimmy, LS, Cook - 1968

 

Wheeler, Paul, Cook - 1969

 

Photos and Documents

 

RCN Memories

A Lost Comrade

A Middle Watch on the Bonnie

Fire Fire Fire!! ... Well kind of

Hard a Port .... OUCH!!!!

Man Overboard

Naval Air Recollections

Plymouth Fury

Recollections of an Air Electrician

Secure for heavy seas

Stand by to launch the CO

The Padre and the Valium

 

Links

Bonnie's Storm

Crash of Sea King Helicopter CHSS-12402

Fun on Bonaventure - video

HMCS Bonaventure CVL22 - video

HMCS Bonaventure CVL 22 - Flight operations 1959 - video

HMCS Bonaventure - 1965 - 1966

Men sailed on the high seas on Canada's last aircraft carrier

Personal photo gallery of Leslie F.M. Henderson

Ship's company photos for HMCS Bonaventure

The Invisible Giant - The Bonaventure

The 7  Year Project - HMCS Bonaventure

Under the Cat

 

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