HMCS CALGARY K231

 

Flower Class Corvette

 


 

HMCS CALGARY K231, May 1944

Credit: Ken Macpherson / Naval Museum of Alberta

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1942-45,   Biscay  1943,   Normandy  1944,   English Channel  1944-45,   North Sea  1945

 

 

Laid down: 22 Mar 1941

Launched: 23 Aug 1941

Commissioned: 16 Dec 1941

Paid off: 19 Jun 1945

Fate: Sold in 1946. Broken up in 1951

 

Built at Sorel, Que, she was commissioned there on 16 Dec 1941; arriving at Halifax on 28 Dec 1941. She served with WLEF until Nov 1942, when she was assigned to duties in connection with Operation "Torch." She arrived at Londonderry on 03 Nov 1942 but proved to have mechanical defects that precluded her intended use on U.K.-Mediterranean convoys. Instead, she had to undergo three months' repairs at Cardiff, completing at the end of Mar 1943. In Apr 1943 she returned to Canada, arriving at St. John's, NFLD on 30 Apr 1943 with HMCS Algoma K127 as escorts for convoy ON.179, then rejoined WLEF. In Jun 1943, she was transferred to EG-5, Western Support Force, and sailed for the U.K. with convoy SC.133. For the next few months she was employed in support of Atlantic convoys and, on 20 Nov 1943, shared in sinking U-536 north of the Azores. Calgary returned to Canada early in 1944 for refit at Liverpool, N.S., completing on 17 Mar 1944. After working up at Halifax, she left on 02 May 1944 for the U.K. to join Western Approaches Command, Greenock, for invasion duties. Initially based at Sheerness, she was moved to Nore Command in September for the duration of the war. Returning home late in May 1945, she was paid off at Sorel on 19 Jun 1945 and sold in 1946 to Victory Transport & Salvage Co. She was broken up at Hamilton in 1951.

 

U-Boats Sunk:  U-536 sunk on 20 Nov 1943 by HMCS Nene K270, HMCS Snowberry K166 and HMCS Calgary K231 in position 43-50 N, 19-39 W

 


 

Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos

 


 

Commanding Officers

 

Lt Gerald Lancaster, RCNR - 16 Dec 1941 - 19 Jun 1942

A/LCdr Henry Knox Hill, RCNVR - 20 Jun 1942 - 17 Mar 1944

Lt Aubrey Alvin Randle Dykes, RCNR - 18 Mar 1944 - 15 Sep 1944

Lt L.D.M. Saunders, RCNVR - 16 Sep 1944 - 25 May 1945

Lt George McCraney Orr, RCNVR - 26 May 1945 - 19 June 1945

 


 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

 

 


 

Former Crew Members

 

Bique (Beique ??), Leon, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 25 May 1943 / 26 May 1943

 

Chappell, Norman Russell, Lt, RCNVR - 21 May 1943

 

Charles, Peter Robert Leslie, SLt, RCNVR - Jan 1942

 

Evans, John Roy, S/t RCNVR - 07 Mar 1945

 

Frosst, Eliot Ballantyne, SLt, RCNVR - 10 Mar 1944

 

Galley, Frank A/War (E), RCNR - Jan 1944

Hutchings, Ernest Frederick, Lt, RCNVR - 07 Feb 1944

 

Irwin, Robert Wilkie, SLt, RCNVR - 02 Mar 1945

 

Kristjanson, Gustav, A/Lt, RCNVR - 23 Feb 1945

 

Orr, George McCraney, SLt, RCNVR - 22 Jun 1943

 

Smith, Neville Irwin, SLt, RCNVR - 08 Jun 1943

 

Trainor, William Holl, Lt, RCNVR - 24 Apr 1944

 

Wright, Elwin Temple, SLt, RCNVR - 26 Jul 1943

 


 

Photos and Documents

 

Crew of HMCS CALGARY K231 - date and place unknown

 

Source: Flickr photo collection of Ron Bell

Gunshield artwork on HMCS CALGARY K231

 

Courtesy of the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

HMCS CALGARY K231 - 1943

 

Courtesy of Erling Baldorf

 

  

HMCS CALGARY K231

 

From the collection of Gerald (Gerry) Lancaster, Cdr, RCN(R)

 

Courtesy of John Lancaster

 


 

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