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HMCS KENORA J281 / 191

Then Turkish Naval Vessel BANDIRMA (1957)

HMCS Kenora J281

Source: Virtualmuseum.ca

 

Laid down: 18 Aug 1941

Launched: 20 Dec 1941

Commissioned: 06 Aug 1942

Paid off: 06 Oct 1945

Re-acquired by RCN: 1952

Transferred to Turkish Navy: 29 Nov 1957

Paid off: 1972

Fate: Unknown

 

Commissioned on 06 Aug 1942, at Port Arthur, she arrived at Halifax on 07 Sep 1942 and proceeded to Pictou for workups. She was then assigned to WLEF and in Jun 1943, became a member of EG W-8. She left Halifax on 21 Feb 1944 with Canso, Guysborough and Wasaga via the Azores for Plymouth, arriving on 08 Mar 1944. Kenora was assigned to the 14th Minesweeping Flotilla, with which she was present on D-Day, and in October returned to Canada for a refit at Liverpool, N.S. She proceeded to the U.K. again in Feb 1945, and was assigned to the 31st Minesweeping Flotilla until 04 Sep 1945, when she left Plymouth for Canada. Kenora was paid off at Halifax on 06 Oct 1945, and placed in reserve at Shelburne. In 1946, she went into strategic reserve at Sorel until re-acquired by the RCN in 1952 and moved to Sydney. On 29 Nov 1957, she was transferred to the Turkish Navy as Bandirma. She was removed from service in 1972.

 

Commanding Officers

A/LCdr F.R.F. Naftel, RCNVR - 06 Aug 1942 - 14 Sep 1943

Lt Douglas Wilson Lowe, RCNVR - 15 Sep 1943 - 07 Feb 1945

A/LCdr Ralph Morton Meredith, RCNR - 08 Feb 1945 - 06 Oct 1945

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Abrams, Dean C.

1922-2002

Burns, Robert

1914-1996

 

 

 

G-H

Gillis, Harold George

1923-2015

Served in Kenora 1944-1945

Graham, William Earl Sidley

1925-2006

Hammond, George Ernest

1916-1992

 

 

I-J

Jette, Marcel Joseph Alphonse T.

1912-1987

Served in Kenora in 1941 as A/Slt (temp), RCNVR

 

 

 

 

K-L

Lowe, Douglas Wilson

____-1985

2nd Commanding Officer

 

 

 

 

M-N

McWilliams, Francis Thomas

____-2009

Moreland, William

____-2011

Morgan, John Anderson

1920-2010

Drafted to Kenora on 05 Jul 1943 as Slt, RCNVR

 

 

S-T

Thompson, Herbert A,

____-1999

Served in Kenora during WW 2

 

 

 

 

W-X

Wright, Charles F.

1924-2008

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Boudreau, Melvin 

 

Brockington, Laurence, Slt, RCNVR - 26 Jul 1943

 

Gore, Stanley John, Wt (E), RCNR - 04 Jul 1944

 

Lee, Robert Elias, Lt, RCNVR - 23 Apr 1945

MacCallum, Peter Malcolm, Lt, RCNVR - 27 Jan 1945

 

Minty, Gordon Robert, Slt (E), RCNVR - 04 Jun 1943

 

Ross, Francis Lawrence, Slt, RCNVR - 02 Feb 1945

 

Scott, Andrew, Slt, RCNVR - 06 May 1943

Shea, Frank Earl, A/War (E), RCN - 21 Feb 1945

 

Stone, Kenneth Albert, Lt, RCNVR - 29 Jan 1945

 

Vincelli, John, Slt, RCNVR - 29 Jan 1945

 

Young, Frank Malcolm, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 10 Apr 1945

 

 

Links

 

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