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HMCS RACCOON S14

Former Yacht HALONIA

HMCS Raccoon S14

Source: Canadian War Museum George Metcalf Archival Collection
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Courtesy of the Canadian War Museum

 

Built: 1931

Acquired by RCN: Mar 1940

Commissioned: 31 Dec 1940

Fate: Sunk on 07 Sep 1942

 

Originally the yacht Halonia, built in 1931 for Charles A. Thorne of Chicago, she was acquired by the RCN in Mar 1940 , converted to an armed yacht and commissioned as HMCS Raccoon. She was assigned to HMCS Fort Ramsay near Gaspé, Quebec on 25 May 1942 to patrol and escort convoys in the river and Gulf of St. Lawrence. During the night of  06-07 Sep 1942, U-165 attacked Convoy QS-33, escorted by the armed yacht HMCS Raccoon. Some time later, the ship set out in search of the submarine, but disappeared after a loud explosion. The other members of the convoy assumed that the submarine had sunk the yacht. However, the explosion of the Raccoon may have been caused by its own depth charges. The yacht was not very fast, and would not have had the time it needed to clear away from the explosion site. There were no survivors.

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr John Lewis Diver, RCNR - 17 May 1940 - 17 Oct 1940

Lt F. Roberts, RCNR - 18 Oct 1940 - 16 Apr 1941

Lt Norman Garfield Bennett, RCNR - 17 Apr 1941 - 22 Jul 1941

Lt Douglas Wharrie Main, RCNR - 23 Jul 1941 - 16 Nov 1941

Lt A.H. Cassivi, RCNR - 17 Nov 1941 - 04 Dec 1941

LCdr John Norman Smith, RCNR - 05 Dec 1941 - 07 Sep 1942

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

ADAMS, George Manuel

M.M., A1441, RCNR

MPK - 07 Sep 1942 

ALLEN, John Henry

M.M., A2002, RCNR

MPK - 07 Sep 1942 

ANDERSON, James Crowe

Stwd, V23097, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Sep 1942 

ASHMALL, Royden George

Tel, V24241, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Sep 1942 

BELANGER, Roger

AB, V3484, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Sep 1942 

BOUDREAU, John Jeremiah

LS, A1180, RCNR

MPK - 07 Sep 1942 

CHAMPION, Charles Ray

AB, A697, RCNR

MPK - 07 Sep 1942 

CHERPETA, John Edward

AB, V10368, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Sep 1942 

COOK, John Frederick

Lt, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Sep 1942 

Drafted to Raccoon 23 Jul 1941 as Lt, RCNR

DILLABOUGH, Guy

L/Sto, V27588, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Sep 1942 

DUNCAN, William

OS, V27362, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Sep 1942 

FOWLER, George

Chief M.M., V7795, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Sep 1942 

FRALIC, Owen William

M.M., V25533, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Sep 1942 

GALLANT, Frank James

Tel, V1427, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Sep 1942 

HAMILTON, William Couttie

OS, V22707, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Sep 1942 

HARVIE, William Aubrey

Cook, V25443, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Sep 1942 

HENDERSON, Robert Harry

Sig, V9707, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Sep 1942 

HOLMES, Arthur Garfield

AB, V2527, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Sep 1942 

HOWE, Ernest Frank

Sto, V18476, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Sep 19422 

HUGHES, John Joseph

LS, A2128, RCNR

MPK - 07 Sep 1942 

LAFLAMME, Joseph Wilbrod Guy

Ord. Sig, V3370, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Sep 1942 

LUCAS, Henry Baker

AB, V22131, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Sep 1942 

MARTINDALE, Ralph Omar

OS, V17891, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Sep 1942 

MCCONNELL, Russell Henry

Slt, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Sep 1942 

Drafted to Raccoon 25 Apr 1942  as Slt, RCNVR

MCDONALD, John Hugh

AB, V26258, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Sep 1942 

MONKLEY, Harry Frederick

AB, V15121, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Sep 1942 

MULLER, Howard Joseph

L/Sto, V18431, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Sep 1942 

PARSONS, John George

OS, V18605, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Sep 1942 

PAYNE, Albert James

AB, V13454, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Sep 1942 

PROWSE, Louis Henry

Sto, V1624, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Sep 1942 

SHEFLIN, John Edward

Supply Ass't, V27746, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Sep 1942 

SMITH, John Norman

LCdr, RCNR

MPK - 07 Sep 1942 

STEWART, Beverley George

AB, V16193, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Sep 1942 

SWEENEY, Michael

Tel, V23565, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Sep 1942 

TAYLOR, Glenwood Lawrence

OS, V26051, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Sep 1942 

THOMAS, James Edward

Slt, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Sep 1942 

THOMAS, Percy Jack

Ord. Sig, V27122, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Sep 1942 

 

 

 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

M-N

Mackie, Gordon Alexander

1922-2014

 

 

 

 

Q-R

Quinn, Lawrence A.

1923-2000

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Chandler, William Ralph, A/Skpr, RCNR - 17 May 1940

 

Codmer. Eigeme Aigistis. A/Skpr, RCNR - 17 May 1940

Fowlow, Arthur, Ch/Skpr, RCNR - Jan 1941

 

Langille, James Hope, Mate, RCNR - 17 May 1940

MacMillan, Walter Angus, A/Mate, RCNR - Jan 1941

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

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