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HMCS REGINA K234

HMCS Regina K234

RCN Photo

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1942-44,   Mediterranean  1943,   English Channel  1944,   Normandy  1944

 

 

Laid down: 22 Mar 1941

Launched: 14 Oct 1941

Commissioned: 22 Jan 1942

Fate: Sunk on 08 Aug 1944

 

Built at Sorel Quebec, Regina arrived at Halifax on 06 Jan 1942, and was commissioned on 22 Jan 1942. She served with WLEF from mid-Mar 1942 until Sep 1942, when she was reassigned to Operation "Torch." Crossing as escort to convoy SC.108, she arrived at Belfast on 22 Nov 1942 for refit, following which she was employed as escort to U.K.-Mediterranean convoys. While thus engaged on 08 Feb 1943, she sank the Italian submarine Avorio in the western Mediterranean, north of Phillipville, Algeria. Returning to Canada late in Mar 1943, she briefly rejoined WLEF before commencing a refit at Sydney on 09 Jun 1943. The work was completed at Pictou in mid-Dec 1943 and workups carried out there, followed by further repairs at Halifax and Shelburne. Regina joined EG C-1 in Feb 1944, and at the beginning of Mar 1944 left Argentia to escort SC.154 to the U.K., but was detached in mid-ocean with Valleyfield to escort an RN tug towing the convoy rescue ship Dundee toward Horta. She left Horta on 14 Mar 1944, this time escorting the damaged HMCS Mulgrave, under tow for the Clyde. Arriving at Londonderry toward the end of Mar 1944, Regina was assigned to Western Approaches Command for invasion duties. She was employed as an escort to Channel and coastal convoys until 08 Aug 1944, when she was torpedoed and sunk of Trevose Head, Cornwall, by U 667. Thirty of her ship's company were lost.

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr Roland Fraser Harris, RCNR - 22 Jan 1942 - 23 Feb 1942

Lt Roy Stanley Kelly, RCNR - 24 Feb 1942 - 20 Oct 1942

LCdr Harry Freeland, DSO, RCNR - 21 Oct 1942 - 03 Sep 1943

Lt Jack Wiles Radford, RCNR - 04 Sep 1943 - 08 Aug 1944

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

ARKELL, Joseph William

AB, V/14972, RCNVR

MPK - 08 Aug 1944 

ASSELTON, John Derrick

L/Tel, V/23319, RCNVR

MPK - 08 Aug 1944 

BEATON, Neil Kenneth

AB, V/42034, RCNVR

MPK - 08 Aug 1944 

BLAIN, Ronald George

AB, V/22444, RCNVR

MPK - 08 Aug 1944 

BURROWS, Ernest Edward

Stoker, V/56742, RCNVR

MPK - 08 Aug 1944 

CRAMP, William John

Stoker PO, A/2876, RCNR

killed - 08 Aug 1944 

DAWSON, Alfred Edward

Stoker, V/14825, RCNVR

killed - 08 Aug 1944 

DENONCOURT, Charles Omer

L/Sto, V/4525 RCNVR

MPK - 08 Aug 1944 

EAST, Richard Godfrey

AB, V/36333, RCNVR

MPK - 08 Aug 1944 

FERRON, Kenneth Marshall

Stoker, V/64132, RCNVR

MPK - 08 Aug 1944 

HARRISON, Robert Mckay

AB, V/14344, RCNVR

MPK - 08 Aug 1944 

HELIS, Joseph Frank

ERA, V/35121, RCNVR

MPK - 08 Aug 1944 

LATREILLE, Theodore Joseph

Stoker, V/22822, RCNVR

killed - 25 Mar 1943 

LONEY, Donald Charles

Stoker, V/63758, RCNVR

MPK - 08 Aug 1944 

LOVELL, Alec Stewart Macvicar

Stoker, V/66817, RCNVR

MPK - 08 Aug 1944 

LUSTY, Frank Oswald

AB, V/31008, RCNVR

MPK - 08 Aug 1944 

MALONE, Thomas de la Hunt

AB, V/48090, RCNVR

killed - 08 Aug 1944

MCCARRON, Francis Joseph

AB, V/64574, RCNVR

MPK - 08 Aug 1944 

MOORE, Harold Baxter

LS, 4158, RCN

MPK - 08 Aug 1944 

POUND, Francis John

AB, V/63538, RCNVR

MPK - 08 Aug 1944 

RATHBONE, John Charles Henry

Supply Ass't, V/34478, RCNVR

DOW - 09 Aug 1944   

ROBERTSON, Douglas Peter

Stoker PO, V/11460, RCNVR

MPK - 08 Aug 1944 

RODSETH, John Normann

AB, V/58703, RCNVR

MPK - 08 Aug 1944 

RUTTER, James Andrew

Coder, V/47674, RCNVR

MPK - 08 Aug 1944 

SAULNIER, Joseph Melbourne

AB, V/32223, RCNVR

killed - 08 Aug 1944   

SIMPSON, Frederick William

AB, V/64048, RCNVR

MPK - 08 Aug 1944 

SMITH, Adam John

AB, V/54994, RCNVR

MPK - 08 Aug 1944 

SUTHERLAND, Robert

Tel, V/47830, RCNVR

MPK - 08 Aug 1944 

SWALM, Charles Harrison

Lt, RCNVR

MPK - 08 Aug 1944 

TAYLOR, Albert Douglas

Tel, V/45851, RCNVR

MPK - 08 Aug 1944 

THOMPSON, John

Cook, V/34087, RCNVR

MPK - 08 Aug 1944 

 

 

 

 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

C-D

Catleugh, George Bruce

1921-2010

Clarance, Charles Douglas

1921-2003

Drafted to Regina on 18 Mar 1942 as Slt, RCNVR

Digou, Raymond Frederick

1919-2010

 

 

G-H

Gould, Grant Allenby

1918-2008

 

 

 

 

K-L

Kiech, Theodore

1920-2014

 

 

 

 

M-N

MacLeod, William Fraser

1903-1994

McIntosh, Donald

____-2016

Served in Regina as an ERA.

Survived the sinking of Regina

Muir, John Stobie

1922-2008

 

 

O-P

Oneschuk, William (Bill) Sr.

____-2003

 

 

 

 

S-T

Ralph, George

See HMCS Valleyfield

 

 

 

 

 

Submarines Sunk

Italian Sub Avorio (LCdr Fiorentini) sunk on 08 Feb 1943 by HMCS Regina K234 off Philipeville, Algeria.

 

Former Crew Members

Bailey, Raymond Geoffrey, A/War (E), RCNVR

 

Barclay, E.W., Stoker

 

Barr, Robert, OS

 

Belanger, Joseph Jules Amable, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1942

 

Edmunds, John

 

Erherdt, Victor, AB

 

Garneau, Joseph Francois Marcel, Slt, RCNVR - 19 Jul 1943

 

Harvey, Denis Pearce, Lt, RCNVR - 11 Apr 1942

 

Hawley, James

Hogg, Robert, AB

 

Jenkin, B.J., LS

 

Leblanc, R. AB

 

Maier, Herman Ludwig Peter, Lt, RCNVR - 29 Jun 1943

 

Mann, George

 

Marr, Francis Barbour, Lt, RCNVR - 25 Apr 1942

 

Martin, Victor 

 

Munro, Ralph Davidson, Lt, RCNVR - 30 Apr 1942

Samson, Peter Blay Crombie, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1942

 

Smith, Robert, AB

 

Smitherman, James William, Stoker 

 

Stewart, John Rawson Kennedy, Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1942

 

Sullivan, Eric

 

Tidsbury, William Harold, A/Lt, RCNVR - 15 Feb 1944

 

Yankowshi, J., PO

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

 

Links

A Casualty of the Invasion: HMCS Regina

Naval Monument honours RCN prairie seamen and ships H.M.C.S. Regina (K234) and H.M.C.S. Weyburn (K 173)

Remembering HMCS Regina K234 - Glad to be alive

Sitting Ducks (starts on page 8 of the link - a story about a young man who joined the RCN in WW II)

The Memory Project - James William Smitherman

 

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