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HMCS BURLINGTON J250

HMCS Burlington J250

 

Laid down: 04 Jul 1940

Launched: 23 Nov 1940

Commissioned: 06 Sep 1941

Paid off: 30 Oct 1945

Fate: Sold in 1946 to be broken up.

 

Built by Dufferin Shipbuilding Co., Toronto, Ont, she was commissioned at Toronto on 06 Sep 1941, and arrived at Halifax on 30 Sep 1941. After working up, she made Halifax her base, and in Mar 1942, was assigned to WLEF, transferring in May to Gulf Escort Force. Late in Dec 1942 she commenced refitting progressively at Halifax, Lunenburg and Dartmouth. Following completion of the work in May 1943, she worked up at Pictou and was assigned in June to EG W-9 of WLEF. In Feb 1944, she was transferred to Halifax Local Defence Force ,and in Sep 1944 sent to Bermuda for a month's workup. On her return she joined Newfoundland Force, based at St. John's and served there until the Command was disbanded. On 04 Jan 1945, U-1232, commanded by Kapt. Kurt Dobratz, attacked convoy SH-194 off (what is today) Egg Island bell buoy. After torpedoing several ships, the convoy's escort, aided by ships from Halifax, including HMCS Burlington, searched for the U-boat. During the search, HMCS Burlington and ML Q116 collided - holing the Burlington's hull and severely damaging Q116s bow. Following repairs in Halifax Burlington continued to be employed on convoy escort duties. She was only to hunt for one more submarine in early March. On 22 Apr 1945 she once again went for a short refit. By the time it was finished the war with Germany had ended. She then engaged in miscellaneous duties until paid off on 30 Oct 1945, and was sold in 1946 to T. Harris of New Jersey buyer in 1946 and later broken up.

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr William John Fricker, RCN - 06 Sep 1941 - 01 May 1942

Lt Matthew Russell, RCNR - 02 May 1942 - 31 Dec 1943

Skpr/Lt Joseph Bernard Cooper, RCNR - 01 Jan 1944 - 22 Jan 1944

Lt J.W. Golby, RCNVR - 23 Jan 1944 - 06 Feb 1944

Lt J.M. Richardson, RCNVR - 07 Feb 1944 - 03 Jan 1945

Lt Kenneth Guy Clark, RCNVR - 03 Jan 1945 - 06 May 1945

Lt Peter Parnell Jefferies, RCNVR - 07 May 1945 - 12 Aug 1945

Lt S.W. McEvenue, RCNVR - 13 Aug 1945 - 04 Sep 1945

Skpr/Lt J.E. Vezina, RCNR - Dates unk

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Bernard, Pierre

1918-2015

 

 

 

 

C-D

Clark, Kenneth Guy

1910-2002

6th Commanding Officer

 

 

 

 

E-F

Fenson, Morley

1922-2013

 

 

 

 

G-H

Hillis, John

____-2013

 

 

 

 

M-N

McEntyre, Peter Michael

1917-____

McEvenue, St. Clair

____-____

Middleton, Louis Alfred

1925-2010

 

 

S-T

Taylor, John A.

1925-2014

Taylor, Paul Dalrymple

1910-1989

Drafted to Burlington 21 Mar 1941 as Lt, RCNVR, NavO

 

 

 

W-X

Woodward, Robert Alfred

1926-2006

Served in Burlington 06 Jan 1943 - 17 Feb 1945

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Baker, Perren Laurence, Slt, RCNVR - 21 Feb 1944

 

Bayne, Gordon Folkins, Lt, RCNVR - 17 May 1944

 

Bradley, Douglas Stewart, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

 

Burgess, Basil Arthur, Lt (E), RCNVR - Jan 1945

 

Burke, Alexander James, Ch/Skpr, RCNVR - 17 May 1941 (Stand by)

 

Eastman, Robert John, Slt, RCNVR - 29 Jan 1945

 

Fairbanks, James Oxley, Lt, RCNVR - 04 Mar 1944

 

Fricker, William John, LCdr, RCN - 22 Mar 1941 (Stand by)

Golby, James Wake, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1944

 

Gravel, Raineau, Lt, RCNVR - 26 Apr 1943

 

Handfield, Louis Philippe, Lt (E), RCNVR - 23 Jul 1943

 

Huffman, Claude Joseph, Skpr, RCNR - 31 Jan 1945

 

Jeffries, Peter Parnell, Lt, RCNVR - 05 Feb 1945

 

McPhedran, Alexander, Lt, RCNVR - 21 Jun 1943

 

Moss, David Watson, Lt, RCNVR - 30 Apr 1942

 

Murphy, Joseph Michael, Cd (E), RCNR - 04 Feb 1941 (Stand by)

 

Parks, Thomas, Slt, RCNVR - 29 Jan 1944

Plaxton, John Alfred, Lt (E), RCNVR - 08 Apr 1944

 

Richardson, John Mackenzie, Lt, RCNR - 07 Feb 1944

 

Scheetz, William Charles, War (E), RCNR - 09 Feb 1944

 

Smith, Laurence William, A/Wt (E), RCNVR - 29 Mar 1943

 

Thompson, Charles Hector, Lt, RCNVR - 17 Jun 1942

 

Urquart, Ronald Simpson, Slt, RCNVR - 17 Jul 1944

 

Waite, Peter Busby, Slt, RCNVR - 17 May 1943

 

Walker, William Frederick, Lt (E), RCNVR

 

Whiteford, William Stuart, Slt, RCNVR - 26 Jul 1943

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

Personal photo gallery of Robert Alfred Woodward

The Story of HMCS Burlington by Joseph P. Kearney

 

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