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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS PRINCE RUPERT K324

HMCS Prince Rupert K324

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1944

 

 

Laid down: 01 Aug 1942

Launched: 03 Feb 1943

Commissioned: 30 Aug 1943

Paid off: 15 Jan 1946

Fate: Scuttled as a breakwater in 1948

 

Commissioned at Esquimalt on 30 Aug 1943, she arrived at Halifax 21 Oct 1943, worked up at Pictou and, in Jan 1944, joined EG C-3 as Senior Officer's ship. Prince Rupert left St. John's on 03 Jan 1944 to join her maiden convoy, SC.150, and was thereafter continuously employed as an ocean escort until late that year. On 13 Mar 1944, with U.S. naval units and U.S. and British aircraft, she assisted in sinking U 575 in the North Atlantic. In Nov 1944, she began a refit at Liverpool, N.S., and on its completion in Mar 1945, joined EG 27, Halifax. In Jun 1945 Prince Rupert sailed for Esquimalt, where she was paid off 15 Jan 1946. She was sold in 1947, and her hull expended as a breakwater at Royston, B.C., the following year.

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr Robert William Draney, DSC, RCNR - 30 Aug 1943 - 31 Jul 1944

A/Cdr C.A. King, RCNR - 01 Aug 1944 - 23 Oct 1944

LCdr Robert William Draney, DSC, RCNR - 24 Oct 1944 - 27 Aug 1945

LCdr John Crispo Leckie Annesley, RCN - 24 Sep 1945 - 15 Jan 1946

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Allan, John Neil Murdoch

1920-2001

Annesley, John Crispo Leckie

1917-1964

4th Commanding Officer

Archer, William Lee

____-2005

Drafted to Prince Rupert on 09 Mar 1945 as Lt, RCNVR

Brown, John Quentin Harcourt

1919-2006

 

C-D

Clarke, Lyle Reginald

1934-1954

Colbert, Kenneth Wilson

1922-2013

Déry, Stanislas

1912-2001

Dryden, Henry Norris, II

1906-1950

 

E-F

Edge, William Arthur

1921-2011

English, John Colston

1919-2002

Served in Prince Rupert 1943-1945

Egan, Joseph Martin

1922-2009

 

 

G-H

Huget, Roy Elmer

1923-2011

Hundleby, Louis Roy

1916-2005

 

 

 

M-N

Macnab, William McHaffie

____-2015

MacNair, George Malcolm

1924-2013

McEntee, James Joseph Sr.

1922-2014

McMurray, Leonard Denison

____-2004

Served in Prince Rupert 1944-1945 as Lt, RCN

Morris, William Frederick

 ____-1973

O-P

O'Hara, George Dennis

____-____

 

 

 

 

Q-R

Rostrup, Gunnar Mauritz

____-2004

Drafted to Prince Rupert on 21 Mar 1944 as Paym/Lt, RCNVR

 

 

 

 

S-T

Simpson, Gilbert Clark

____-2016

Stephenson, James N.

1918-2008

Strabel, Norman E.

____-1963

 

 

U-V

Vachon, Marcel

____-____

Venator, George Frederick

____-2007

 

 

 

W-X

Watson, Hector G.

1911-____

 

 

 

 

 

U-Boats Sunk

U-575 (Oblt Wolfgang Bohemer) a type VIIC U-boat, sunk on 13 Mar 1944 by VC-95 Trom Bogue (CVE-9); Br. SQNs 172 & 206, USS Haverfield (DE-393), USS Hobson (DD-464), HMCS Prince Rupert K324 & Br. SQN 220 North of the Azores in position 46-18 N, 27-34 W. Of her crew of 55 there were 37 survivors.

 

Former Crew Members

Butcher, Alan - 1944

 

DeMerchant, Melville - 1944

 

Douglas, Alan St. Clair, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 28 Apr 1944

 

Draney, Robert William, LCDr, RCNR - 15 Jul 1943 (stand by)

 

Galloway, Frederick Ernest, Lt (E), RCNR - 08 Jul 1943

 

George, Philip Henry, Slt, RCNVR - 29 Jan 1945

 

Greene, Arthur Henry, Slt, RCNVR - 18 Apr 1945

 

Irwin, Robert

Isard, John Frederick, Lt, RCNVR - 24 Mar 1944

 

Johnson, Ernest Edward, Lt, RCNVR

 

Josey, Aubrey Edward, Lt, RCNVR - 17 Jul 1944

 

Levy, John Gibson, Lt (El) (R), RCNVR - Jan 1944

 

MacLennan, John Graham, A/Surg/LCdr, RCNVR - 27 Apr 1945

 

McCaffrey, Keith Allan, Lt (E), RCNVR - Jan 1945

 

McMurray, Leonard Denison, Lt, RCNVR - 28 Apr 1944

 

Medley, Ralph Cyril, Cdr, DSO, RN - 23 Mar 1944

Paddon, Oswald Orr, Lt, RCNVR - 18 May 1945

 

Robinson, Peter Lewis, Lt, RCNVR - 19 Mar 1945

 

Simpson, Roy James, Lt, RCNVR - 24 Mar 1944

 

Thompson, Theo Walter, A/LCdr, RCNVR - 23 Jun 1943 (Stand by)

 

Townsend, Robert Grant, Surg-Lt, RCNVR - 19 Jul 1944

 

Warren, Donald Cameron, Lt, RCNVR - 06 Jul 1944

 

Weir, James, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

RCN Memoires

Wartime Memories

 

Links

Gallant HMCS Prince Rupert Served on the Newfie-Derry Run

Personal photo gallery of George Malcolm MacNair

Personal photo gallery of Stanislas Déry

Sarnia war hero's legacy alive - Joe Egan

HMCS Prince Robert Tribute

 

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