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HMCS SAINT JOHN K456

HMCS Saint John K456

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic  1944,   English Channel  1944,   Normandy  1944,   North Sea  1945

 

 

Laid down: 28 May 1943

Launched: 25 Aug 1943

Commissioned: 13 Dec 1943

Paid off: 27 Nov 1945

Fate: Sold in 1947 to be broken

 

Built by Canadian Vickers Ltd., Montreal, Que., she was commissioned on 13 Dec 1943, at Montreal. She arrived at Halifax on 20 Dec 1943 and in Jan 1944, was sent to Bermuda to work up. On her return in Feb 1944 she was based for a short time at Halifax, but in Apr 1944 she was assigned to EG 9 in Londonderry. She departed Halifax on 28/29 Apr 1944 and joined C 3 as escort for convoy HX 289 for her transit to Londonderry, joining EG 9 on her arrival on 12 May 1944. She was present on D-Day. On 01 Sep 1944, she and Swansea sank U 247 off Land's End, and on 16 Feb 1945, Saint John destroyed U 309 in Moray Firth. In Dec 1944, she escorted convoys JW.62 and RA.62 on the North Russia run, to and from Kola Inlet. She arrived at Cardiff for repairs on 27 Feb 1945, and, when these were completed in Apr 1945, proceeded home for tropicalization refit at Saint John, from May to Oct 1945. She was paid off 27 Nov 1945, at Halifax and placed in reserve in Bedford Basin until sold and broken up at Sydney, NS in 1947.

 

Commanding Officers

A/LCdr R.M. Mosher, RCNR - 13 Dec 1943 - 20 Feb 1944

A/LCdr William Rolland Stacey, RCNR - 21 Feb 1944 - 18 Feb 1945

Lt Charles George McIntosh, RCNR - 19 Feb 1945 - 01 Apr 1945

LCdr William Rolland Stacey, RCNR - 02 Apr 1945 - 19 Jun 1945

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

LIABO, Halvor Vilhelm

CERA, A2604, RCNR

MPK - 29 Mar 1945 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Bartlett, Arthur

____-1990

Breithaupt, David John

____-2003

Drafted to Saint John 26 Jan 1944 as Surg-Lt, RCNVR

Buckingham, John L.

____-____

 

 

C-D

Calvert, Guy, AB

____-1990

Cole, Robert

____-____

Coulson, Bob

____-1991

Doucette, Charles J.

____-2002

 

E-F

Freeman, Cable

____-1988

Drafted to Saint John 02 Dec   1943 (stand by) - 11 Sep 1945 as a SD, RCNVR. Commissioning crew

 

 

 

 

G-H

Guenther, Pete

____-____

Served in Saint John Dec 1943 - Nov 1945 as an AB

Harrison, Stephen Andrew

1914-2012

Higgins, Frank Nixon

____-2006

Served in Saint John as a Radar Operator

 

 

I-J

Johnson, Earl W.

____-____

Served in Saint John Apr 1944 - Nov 1945 as a L/Sto and SPO

 

 

 

 

K-L

Laidler, Jack

____-2006

 

 

 

 

M-N

MacNeil, Hugh

____-____

Served in Saint John 12 Nov 1943 - 14 Jul 1944 as a L/SBA

Manning, Ronald

____-____

Served in Saint John 12 Dec 1943 - 09 Sep 1945 as an AB / LS

Mason, George Harrison

1921-2011

McLaren, Joseph Thomas

1922-2008

Served in Saint John Feb 1944 - Sep 1945 as an AB

McMillan, A.E.

____-1989

O-P

Pegg, David J.

____-____

Served in Saint John Mar 1944 - Nov 1945 as an AB

 

 

 

 

Q-R

Ricalton, Bill

____-____

Served in Saint John as PO Bos'n, Buffer

 

 

 

 

S-T

Spencer, Eby Robert Bruce

1923-2012

Stacey, William Roland

____-1961

2nd Commanding Officer

4th Commanding Officer

 

 

 

W-X

Werth, John

____-1990

Served in Saint John as an ERA

Wilde, Ernest

____-2004

Wilson, Andrew H.

____-1989

 

 

 

U-Boats Sunk

U-356 sunk on 27 Dec 1942 by HMCS St. Laurent H83, HMCS Chilliwack K131, HMCS Battleford K165, HMCS Napanee K118 and HMCS Saint John K456 in position 45-30 N, 25-40 W

U-247 sunk on 01 Sep 1944 by HMCS Saint John K456 and HMCS Swansea K328 in position 49-54 N, 05-49 W

U-309 (Oblt Herbert Loeder) Type VIIC sunk on 16 Feb 1945 by HMCS Saint John K456 in position 58-09 N, 02-23 W (Moray Firth). Of her crew of 47 there were no survivors.

 

Former Crew Members

Anderson (of Vancouver)


Bedford, Harry, ERA (of Ennismore, ON)


Best, Lt


Billings, Gordon, PO QR1 (May-Aug 1945) (of Victoria, BC)


Birmingham, Andy (of St Catharines, ON)


Bradley

 

Brown, William H. (Bill), LSAA2 (Apr 1944 - Jul 1945) (of Enderby, BC)


Burke, Alex (of River Bourgeois, NS)


Cameron, A.B., AB (of Ottawa ON)


Carruthers, John L., L/Sto (12 Dec 1943 - 26 Apr 1944) (of Power River, BC)


Clark (of Saint John)


Copetik, R. (Cope)


Derose, Roy F., Coder (of Fort Saint John, BC)


Dewitt, Charlie (Gordon) (of Fredericton, NB)


Dowell, Sig


Erby, Coder (of Edmonton)

 

Extence, Alan Barry, Slt, RCNVR - 22 Mar 1944

 

Farquharson, John (of Charlottetown, PEI)


Fossick, Lloyd (of Digby, NS)

 

Glencross, Eric, Sig

Goldbero, Willie, Coder

 

Graham, James William White, Slt, RCNVR - 07 May 1945

 

Hall, Walter, LS Radar 2 (1943-1945) (of Collingwood, ON)


Hardesty, Jack (of Winnipeg, MB)


Herron, Royal, Tel


Huber, Ernie (of Surrey BC)


Jaggard, Frank Glen, CK (31 May 1944 - 15 Apr 1945) of Grimsby, ON)


Jameson, Charles (of Toronto, ON)


Lazenby, Writer (of Toronto, ON)


Lee, Lt, Guns


Livingston, Robert, Tel


McGibbon, Bob, Tel

 

McIntosh, Charles George, Lt, RCNR - 22 Feb 1944

 

Melick


Moore, Frank (of Kelowna, BC)

 

Murchison, Kenneth Andrew, Slt, RCNVR - 07 May 1945

 

Murray, Eldridge (of Syndey, NS)

 

Nicoll, William Ray, Sig (Nov 1943 - Nov 1945) (of Dryden, ON)


Norman, Lt

Orr, Arthur James, LCdr (E), RCNR - 04 Apr 1944

 

Osier, Jack, AB (of Oshawa, ON)

 

Panabaker, John Leroy ( Jack), Slt, RCNVR - Jan 1944 (of Enismore, ON)

 

Perault, Paul, Tel


Pettigrew, Harvey (of St Thomas, ON)


Poulter, Rodney, ERA3c (12 Dec 1943 - 01 May 1945) (of Deux Montagnes, QC)


Rheubottom, Bud, Torpedo (of Waterdown, ON)


Rose, Coder


Royds, William Edward (Bill) LSSD / A/PO SD, (Dec 43 - Oct 1945) (of Langley, BC)

 

Seymour, Edward P. 

 

Sisler, Jim (of South River, ON)


Smith, Radar (of Smooth Rock Falls, ON)

 

Smith, Malcolm Edward, Lt, RCNVR - 01 Mar 1944

 

Solberg, Karl, AB (of Campbell River, BC)


Stannard, Len (of Downey, Calif, USA)


Styles, George, CK (of Athens, ON)


Thomas, Wally, LS, Tel


Wright, Ernest C. (Ernie) L/Sto (of Hamilton, ON)


Wright, James F. (Rosebud), L./Sto (12 Dec 1943 - 6 Apr 1944) (of Wesfield, NB)

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

HMCS Saint John - Our Ship, Their Crew, Her Legacy

 

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