For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS BUCTOUCHE K179

HMCS Buctouche K179

 

Laid down: 14 Aug 1940

Launched: 20 Nov 1940

Commissioned: 05 Jun 1941

Paid off: 15 Jun 1945

Fate: Broken up in 1949

 

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.

 

Commanding Officers

Lt William Watt Hackney, RCNR - 05 Jun 1941 - 28 Mar 1942

Lt William Alexander Dobie, RCNR - 29 Mar 1942 - 06 May 1942

Skpr/Lt George Norval Downey, RCNR - 07 May 1942 - 28 Apr 1944

Skpr/Lt Henry Esson Young, RCNR - 29 Apr 1944 - 04 Dec 1944 

Skpr/Lt E.S.N. Pleasance, RCNR - 05 Dec 1944 - 01 Jan 1945

Skpr/Lt Henry Esson Young, RCNR - 02 Jan 1945 - 15 Jun 1945 

  

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

C-D

Connolly, Frank Millar

____-1998

Dixon, Robert S.

____-2008

 

 

 

G-H

Gee, Gordon Wallace

____-2013

Goodwillie, George Pearson

1922-2005

 

 

 

K-L

Leyland, Stan

____-____

 

 

 

 

M-N

McDonald, John Alexander Logue

1924-2015

 

 

 

 

W-X

Wilson, Joseph Frank

1922-2012

 

 

 

 

 

 Former Crew Members

Annear, Ernest Arthur, Slt, RCNVR - 25 Apr 1944

 

Baines, Gordon William, Slt, RCNVR - 14 May 1945

 

Barbour, Wilfred Orvin Oakley, Mate, RCNR - 04 Jun 1941 (Stand by) / 05 Jun 1941

 

Barlow, James Edward, Lt, RCNVR - 06 Mar 1944

 

Blyea, Peter Macmillan, Slt, RCNVR - 08 Apr 1942

 

Cooper, Harold William LeHeur, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1944

 

Dobie, William Alexander, Lt, RCNR - 05 Jun 1941

 

Doe, Learmont Anstice Earlston, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1943

 

Fry, Herbert I., Lt, RCNVR - 07 Mar 1944

Gardiner, William Douglas Haig, Slt, RCNVR - 05 Jun 1941

 

Grenier, John Robert, A/Lt, RCNVR - 06 Feb 1945

 

Hackney, William Watt, Lt, RCNR - 10 Apr 1941 (Stand by) CO / 05 Jun 1941

 

Hurlburt, Richard Heman, Lt, RCNVR - 29 Apr 1944

 

MacKeracher, Donald, Slt, RCNVR - 20 Feb 1943

 

Malkin, Robert Eldridge, Lt, RCNVR - 15 Feb 1943

 

Mann, Donald Edward, Slt, RCNVR - 08 Feb 1945

 

McDonald, Kenneth Reginald, A/Wt (E), RCNVR - 03 Apr 1944

Paul, Herbert Stanley, Slt, RCNVR - 09 Jun 1944

 

Potts, Charles Ower, Lt, RCNVR - 01 May 1941 (Stand by) / 05 Jun 1941

 

Poole, William Robert, Lt, RCNVR  - 24 Feb 1942

 

Stewart, David Howden McFarlane, Lt, RCNVR - 09 Apr 1945

 

Warren, Donald Cameron, Slt, RCNVR - 25 Feb 1942

 

Williams, Owen Stephen, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1944

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

 

Links

 

In Praise of the Buctouche - Wartime Canada

 

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