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HMCS CHILLIWACK K131

HMCS CHILLIWACK - circa 1942

Source: Ken Macpherson / Naval Museum of Alberta

 

Laid down: 03 Jul 1940

Launched: 14 Sep 1940

Commissioned: 08 Apr 1941

Paid off: 14 Jul 1945

Fate: Broken up in 1946

 

Built by Burrard Dry Dock Co., Ltd, she was commissioned at Vancouver on 08 Apr 1941. She arrived at Halifax on 19 Jun 1941, was assigned to Newfoundland Command in July, and for the rest of the year escorted convoys between St. John's and Iceland. Early in Feb 1942 Chilliwack escorted SC.67, her first transatlantic convoy, and was thereafter employed almost continuously as an ocean escort until Nov 1944. From Jun 1942, onward she was a member of EG C-1, and during this period escorted three convoys around which epic battles were fought: SC.94 (Aug 1942), ONS.154 (Dec 1942), and ON.166 (Feb 1943). In addition, she assisted in sinking two U-boats: U 356 when escort to ONS.154, 27 Dec 1942; and U 744 when escort to HX.280, on 06 Mar 1944 HMC Ships Chaudiere H99, St. Catharines K325, Chilliwack 131,Fennel K194 and Gatineau H61, along with two British frigates, started one of the longest U-boat hunts in which Canadian ships will participate. A total of 291 depth charges, 87,300 pounds of high explosive, will be required to bring the U-boat to the surface. Fifteen hundred signals will be passed between the ships as they stalk, attack, wait and attack the submarine U-744 again and again through a day and a night of rough weather. U-744 was then boarded by allied sailors, who retrieved code books and other documents. Most of this was lost while being transferred between the U-Boat and the allied ships. After attempts to tow the submarine into port failed, U-744 was scuttled by the allied warships. In the course of a major refit from Apr to Oct 1943, at Dartmouth, N.S., she acquired her long fo'c's'le. Assigned on 04 Dec 1943 to EG WE-8, WEF, she left for a month's workups in Bermuda. Reassigned in Apr 1945, to Halifax Force, she was temporarily lent to EG C-1 the following month for one final round trip to Londonderry. Paid off 14 Jul 1945 and laid up at Sorel, she was broken up at Hamilton, Ont., in 1946.

 

Commanding Officers

A/LCdr Lelsie Lewendon Foxall, RCNR - 08 Apr 1941 - 25 May 1943

LCdr Clifford (Clifton ??) Rexford Coughlin, RCNVR - 26 May 2943 - 11 Apr 1944

A/LCdr Douglas Rannie Watson, MBE, RCNR - 12 Apr 1944 - 14 Jul 1945

  

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

THOMPSON, Herbert Albert

AB, V/30371, RCNVR

MPK - 26 Oct 1941 

  

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

 

Aubry, Denis H.

1920-2008

C-D

Clayton, Alfred Ernest Joseph

see HMCS Shawinigan

Coote, Daniel John

1920-2004

Coughlin, Clifton Rexford Tony

 See HMCS Iroquois

Didier, Joseph Achille Adolphe Marcel

1916-2001

E-F

Ferguson, William Irwin

1913-1993

Drafted to Chilliwack 08 Apr 1941 as Lt, RCNVR

 

 

 

 

G-H

Henderson, John Douglas

1919-2008

Howell, Charles Alfred

1924-2004

M-N

Macklem, Robert

____-2014

MacGregor, Lewis Iver

1920-2003

Mahoney, Charles Hugh

1922-2004

Mather, John Leon

1923-2008

McMurdo, Wilson Reginald

1922-1988

Q-R

Ryan, Gerald James

1925-1997

S-T

Smith, George Sellars

____-2007

Ship's Mascots

Kathy

____-____

Champ

____-____

 

 

 

 

U-Boats Sunk

U-356 sunk on 27 Dec 1942 by HMCS St. Laurent H83, HMCS Chilliwack K131, HMCS Battleford K165, HMCS Napanee K118 and HMCS Saint John K456 in position 45-30 N, 25-40 W

U-744 (Oblt Heinz Blischke) a type VIIC U-boat, sunk on 06 Mar 1944 by HMCS St. Catharine K325, HMCS Chilliwack K131, HMCS Gatineau H61, HMCS Fennel K194, HMCS Chaudiere H99, HMS Icarus and HMS Keniworth Castle in position 52-01 N, 22-37 W. Of her crew of 51, there were 40 survivors

 

 Former Crew Members

Atherton, Thomas Herbert, Slt, RCNVR - 28 Jun 1943 / Lt - 1944 (boarding party U-744)

 

Bartlett, Frank, A/Wt (E), RCNR - 13 Apr 1944

 

Barnes, Harold Bramsbotte, Lt, RCNVR - 16 May 1944

 

Blachford, Robert Oswald, Lt, RCNVR - 27 Jul 1943

 

Calver, John Moran, Slt, RCNR - 28 Feb 1942

 

Chambers, John Hubert, Slt, RCNVR - 17 May 1944

 

Dunn, Timothy Hibbard, Lt, RCNVR - 05 Jun 1942 / Lt - 1944 (boarding party U-744)

 

Foxall, Leslie Lewendon, A/LCdr, RCNR - 31 Mar 1941 (Stand by) CO

Hall, Wallis James, Slt, RCNVR - 05 Mar 1945

 

Hearn, Lt (boarding party U-744)

 

Jenkins, Stoker - 1944 (boarding Party U-744)

 

Johnstone, Thomas Albert, RCNVR - 08 Apr 1941

 

Lawrie, AB - 1944 (boarding party U-744)

 

Longbottom, CERA - 1944  (boarding party U-744)

 

Makeranko, AB - 1944 (boarding party U-744)

 

Martin, Telegrapher - 1944 (boarding party U-744)

 

Nicholson, William Ernest, Mate, RCNR - 08 Apr 1941

Norris, Lawrence Henry, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1942

 

Passerini, AB - 1944 (boarding party U-744)

 

Starr, Jack R., Signalman - 1944 (boarding party U-744)

 

Temple, Clifford Maulson, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1943

 

Watson, William Wallace, Lt, RCNVR - 09 Mar 1945

 

Williamson, William John, Wt (E), RCNVR - 01 Jun 1943

 

Wilson, PO - 1944 (boarding party U-744)

 

Worsley, George Norman, Lt, RCNVR - 12 Mar 1945

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

Battle for Convoy ONS-154

Battle for ONS 154

Personal photo gallery of Robert Macklem

 

 

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