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HMCS RACCOON S14

HMCS Raccoon S14

Source: Canadian War Museum George Metcalf Archival Collection
CWM 20070195-008b_front

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.

 

Photos and Documents

 

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     

 

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 W.

M.M., 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 G.

AB, 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 H.

SLt, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Sep 1942

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 L.

OS, 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

Codner, Eugene A.

Mackie, Gordon A.

Main, Douglas W.

Quinn, Lawrence A.

 

 

Former Crew Members

Chandler, William Ralph, 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

 

HMCS Raccoon S14

Original source unknown

Courtesy of Erling Baldorf

HMCS Raccoon S14

DND/RCN photo Neg # 2784

Courtesy of Erling Baldorf

Newspaper article on the loss of HMCS Raccoon

Courtesy of Murt Howell

Her Guns Were Blazing As Raccoon Went Down

Newspaper Article from the Toronto Daily Star, 05 Oct 1942

Courtesy of Murt Howell

Newspaper article on the finding of the body of Slt. Russell McConnell

Toronto Daily Star, 10 Oct 1942

Courtesy of Murt Howell

These Toronto Sailors Are Reported Missing After Sub Attack On Raccoon

Toronto Daily Star, 15 Sep 1942

Courtesy of Murt Howell

Casualty List Released As Patrol Boat Is Sunk

Toronto Daily Star, 15 Sep 1942

Courtesy of Murt Howell


Newspaper article on the convoy battle in which HMCS Raccoon was lost

Toronto Daily Star, Sept. 15, 1942

Courtesy of Murt Howell

Raccoon 8th Navy Loss For Dominion This War

Toronto Daily Star, 15 Sep 1942

Courtesy of Murt Howell

Newspaper article on LCdr John N. Smith, Commanding Officer of HMCS Raccoon when she was sunk

Toronto Daily Star, 16 Sep 1942

Courtesy of Murt Howell

Newspaper clipping of Michael Sweeney (on left in photo) who was lost on HMCS Raccoon and his brother Daniel who became a POW after the sinking of HMCS Athabaskan G07

 

Article on the loss of HMCS RACCOON and Casualty List

 

From the collection of François Messier, AB, RCNVR

 

Courtesy of Denis Messier

 

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