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HMCS BUCTOUCHE K179
Commissioned at Quebec City on 05 Jun 1941, Buctouche arrived at Halifax on 12 Jun 1941. After working up, she joined Newfoundland Force at St. John's on 29 Jul 1941. On 26 Aug 1941 she left St. John's for Iceland with convoy SC.41, and thereafter escorted convoys to and from Iceland until Jan 1942, when Londonderry became the eastern terminus. In Jun 1942, she was transferred to WLEF, with which she was to remain until the end of the war except for two months in the summer of 1944, when she was attached to Quebec Force. On 7 July 1942, Buctouche under Skr. Lt. G.N. Downey, RCNR, rescued 15 survivors from the Norwegian merchant ship Moldanger that was torpedoed and sunk by U-404 on 27 June at 30-03N, 70-52W. After the formation of escort groups by WLEF in Jun 1943, Buctouche served principally with EG W-1. In Oct 1943, she commenced a fourth-month refit at Saint John, completing on 29 Jan 1944, in the process acquiring an extended fo'c's'le. On 28 Jun 1944, Buctouche was damaged in a grounding incident at Hamilton Inlet, Labrador but made Pictou on her own for two months' repairs. She was paid off at Sorel on 15 Jun 1945, and broken up at Hamilton, Ont., in 1949.
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