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HMCS KOKANEE K419

Then Indian Pilot Vessel Bengal (1950)

HMCS Kokanee K419

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1944-45,   Gulf of St. Lawrence  1944

 

 

Laid down: 25 Aug 1943

Launched: 27 Nov 1943

Commissioned: 06 Jun 1944

Paid off: 21 Dec 1945

Sold: 1947 for scrap

Re-sold in 1948 to India.

Renamed: 1950 as Pilot Vessel Bengal 

Fate: Final disposition unknown

 

Commissioned at Esquimalt on 06 Jun 1944, Kokanee arrived at Halifax on 24 Jul 1944 and left for Bermuda in Aug 1944 to work up. On arrival at St. John's in Sep 1944 she was assigned to EG C-3 as Senior Officer's ship, and spent the rest of the European war on Atlantic convoy duty. She left Londonderry for the last time on 24 May 1945, with convoy ON.304, and soon after arriving left for the west coast. On 04 Oct 1945 she completed tropicalization refit, but as VJ-Day had intervened she was paid off into reserve on 21 Dec 1945. She was sold to Capital Iron for breaking up in 1947, but re-sold in 1948 to the government of India for conversion to a pilot vessel for the Hooghly River and re-named Bengal in 1950. 

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr Jordan Hamilton Marshall, RCNVR - 06 Jun 1944 - 14 Dec 1944

LCdr F.W. Lucas, RCNVR - 15 Dec 1944 - 31 Jan 1945

A/LCdr Walter Juchereau Kingsmill, RCNVR - 01 Feb 1945 - 14 Mar 1945

LCdr Francis William Lucas, RCNVR - 15 Mar 1945 - 19 Aug 1945

Lt L.H. Reid, RCNVR - 03 Nov 1945 - 21 Dec 1945

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

REID, Melville James

Sto 1c, V69990, RCNVR

died - 07 Aug 1944 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Brockie, William Glenn

1915-2017

Drafted to Kokanee 22 May 1944 as Lt, RCNVR (Standby).

Commissioning Crew

Served in Kokanee as XO

 

 

 

 

K-L

Lutz, Willard H.G.

1924-2012

 

 

 

 

M-N

McEachern, Gregory E.

____-2--9

Mann, Cyril F. (Cy)

1923-2017

Neumann, Larry Lawrence

1922-2014

 

 

O-P

Parton, Phil

____-2005

 

 

 

 

Q-R

Ross, Ian Sutherland

1923-2008

 

 

 

 

S-T

Smith, Norman Turner

1922-2012

 

 

 

 

W-X

Wilson, James H.

1927-2015

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Anderson, Charles, AB, Torpedoman, RCNVR

 

Anderson, John Burton, Lt, RCNVR - 27 Jan 1945

 

Bean, Bill, Sto

 

Burton, George Robert, SPO, RCNVR

 

Campbell, Scotty, L/Sto

 

Cosburn, Ronald Thomas, Slt, RCNVR - 15 Mar 1945

 

Findlay, William Geldart, Lt, RCNVR - 27 Apr 1945

 

Grant, Henry Edward, Lt, RCNVR - 10 May 1944 (Stand by) / 06 Jun 1944

 

MacDonald, Michael, Paym/Lt, RCNVR - 10 Jun 1944

Marshall, Jordan Hamilton, LCdr, RCNVR - 10 May 1944 (Stand by) CO / 06 Jun 1944

 

Mason, Thomas Henry, Slt, RCNVR - 15 Mar 1945

 

Mills, Edmund Laurence, CD (E), RCNR - 21 Mar 1944 (Stand by)

 

Reid, Charles Percival, A/Lt, RCNVR - 27 Jul 1944 / 02 Jun 1945

 

Rooney, Roderick Samuel, Lt, RCNVR - 02 Jun 1945

 

Stark (Stary??), David Berkeley, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 22 May 1944 (Stand by)  / 06 Jun 1944

Stevens, Frank Stewart, Lt, RCNVR - 15 May 194 (Stand by) / 06 Jun 1944

 

Stevenson, Karl Franklyn, Lt, RCNVR - 29 Jan 1945

 

Taylor, Jim, Sto

 

Wallington, Robert (Bob), Sto, Commissioning Crew 06 Jun 1944

 

Ward, George, L/Sto

 

Wilkinson, Cliff, Sto

 

Wilkinson, Fred, Sto PO

 

Photos and Documents

 

RCN Memories

Hands to Dinner

 

Links

Ship's company photos for HMCS Kitchener

 

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