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HMCS NIPIGON J154 / 188

Then Turkish Naval Vessel BAFRA (1957)

HMCS Nipigon J154

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1941-45,   Gulf of St. Lawrence  1942, 1944

 

 

Laid down: 04 Jul 1940

Launched: 01 Oct 1940

Commissioned: 08 Nov 1941

Decommissioned: 13 Oct 1945

Re-acquired by RCN: 1952

Transferred to the Turkish Navy: 29 Nov 1957

Paid off: 1972

Fate: Unknown

 

built by Dufferin Shipbuilding Co., Toronto, Ont, she was commissioned at Toronto on 11 Aug 1941. She arrived at Halifax on 05 Sep 1941 and was the first of the Bangor class to join Sydney Force, on 03 Oct 1941, and remained with it until her return to Halifax on 17 Jan 1942. She was then assigned for varying periods to WLEF, Halifax Force, and Newfoundland Force. She was again attached to WLEF when, in Jun 1943, that force was divided into escort groups, and she commenced a major refit at Lunenburg and Liverpool, N.S., on completion of which she sailed in May 1944 to work up in Bermuda. Returning in mid-Jun 1944, she was assigned to Halifax Force until it was disbanded a year later, afterward performing various duties on the Atlantic coast. Nipigon was paid off at Sydney on 13 Oct 1945, and laid up at Shelburne. She was placed in strategic reserve at Sorel in 1946 but was re-acquired and refitted in 1952, though not re-commissioned. She was transferred to the Turkish Navy on 29 Nov 1957 and served a Bafra until 1972.

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr Arthur Truman Morrell, RCNR - 11 Aug 1941 - 14 Feb 1942

A/LCdr Clarence Aubrey King, RCNR - 15 Feb 1942 - 11 May 1942

Lt John Brock, RCNVR - 12 May 1942 - 04 Oct 1942

Lt W.J. Piercy, RCNVR - 05 Oct 1942 - 28 Mar 1944

Lt William Turner, RCNR - 29 Mar 1944 -  11 Apr 1944

Lt Donald Richard Baker, RCNVR - 12 Apr 1944 -  04 Feb 1945

Lt John Russell Brown, RCNVR - 05 Feb 1945 - 13 Oct 1945

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

HAY, James Clark

AB, V14886, RCNVR

killed - 03 May 1943 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Abbott, William Charles

1920-2010

 

 

 

 

C-D

Crossley, Sidney Ross

1920-2008

 

 

 

 

G-H

Gervais, John

1936-2013

 

 

 

 

M-N

Melanson, Edward G.

1921-2006

Myers, Frank S.

1928-2017

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Bechtel, Willard Hagey, Slt (E), RCNVR - 04 Apr 1945

 

Buckingham, Gordon Cameron, Skpr, RCNR - 22 Mar 1941

 

Cambell, Robert Lorne, Lt (E), RCNVR - Jan 1944

 

Dalton, Cuthbert Frederick Robert, Lt, RCNVR - 03 May 1941

 

Dunn, Robert Wesley Ault, Slt, RCNVR - 21 Jun 1942

 

Garland, Robert Dunlap, Slt, RCNVR - 26 Mar 1945

 

Hamill, Frank William, Lt, RCNVR - 15 May 1943

 

Hepburn, Bernard Rickart, Slt (E), RCNVR - 15 Jul 1942

Kirkwood, John Regan, Slt (E), RCNVR - 04 Apr 1944

 

Lavoie, Joseph Charles Barrome, Skp/Lt, RCNR - 22 Apr 1944

 

MacDonald, Ian Huntley, Lt, RCNVR - 04 Feb 1942

 

Maxwell, Thomas William, Slt, RCNVR - 21 Feb 1944

 

McAuley, Alfred Joseph, Slt, RCNVR - 28 Jan 1945

 

Miller, Robert Dean, Lt, RCNVR - 16 Feb 1943

 

Minoque, Howard Douglas, Slt (E), RCNVR - 15 Feb 1943

Morris, Norman Campbell, Slt, RCNVR - 28 Jun 1943

 

Nickerson, Donald Earle, Slt, RCNVR - 0 Feb 1942

 

O'Kelly, Edward Ross, Slt, RCNVR - 09 Mar 1942

 

Orr, John Cecil, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1943

 

Price, James Edwin, Slt, RCNVR - 21 Mar 1945

 

Scott, William Andrew, Lt, RCNVR - 06 Feb 1945

 

Swackhamer, James William, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1944

 

Turnhill, Eric Stanley, Slt, RCNVR - 15 Feb 1944

 

Photos and Documents

 

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