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HMCS SASKATCHEWAN H70

Former HMS FORTUNE

HMCS Saskatchewan H70

Source: Public Domain photo from Naval History Net

 

Battle honours and awards:  Atlantic 1943-44,   Normandy  1944,   Biscay  1944

 

 

Laid down: 25 Jul 1933

Launched: 29 Aug 1934

Commissioned: 27 Apr 1935

Transferred to the RCN: 31 May 1943

Commissioned: 31 May 1943

Paid off: 27 Jan 1946

Placed on Disposal List: 28 Jan 1946

Fate: Broken up at Sydney, N.S., in 1946

 

Commissioned on 27 Apr 1935 as HMS Fortune, she was serving with the 8th Flotilla, Home Fleet when the war broke out, and took part in the Norwegian campaign and the occupation of Iceland in May 1940. She also shared in the sinking of U 27, U 44, and the Vichy French submarine Ajax. On 10 May 1941, while escorting a Malta convoy, she was badly damaged by bombs and spent six months under repairs at Chatham, U.K. In Feb 1943, following two years' service with the Eastern Fleet, Fortune returned to the U.K. for major refit at London, and there on 31 May 1943, was transferred to the RCN as Saskatchewan. She was assigned to EG C-3, MOEF, until May 1944, then transferred to EG 12 for invasion duties. On 07 Jun 1944, she was attacked by U-984 (Oblt Heinz Sieder) but the torpedo exploded in the cat gear, causing no damage to the ship. HMCS Saskatchewan participated in operation "Dredger" against German escort vessels at the U-boat meeting points off Brest and southward. During the night of 5/6 Jul the 12th EG, comprising of Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan, Skeena and Restigouche, attacked 3 patrol boats off Brest: V715 was sunk but not before hitting Qu'Appelle and Saskatchewan many times with small calibre gunfire. She proceeded to Canada in Aug 1944, to refit at Shelburne, N.S., returning to the U.K. in Jan 1945, first as a unit of EG 14, and then of EG 11. She returned to Canada the month after VE-Day and, after employment as a troop transport, was paid off 28 Jan 1946, at Sydney and broken up.

 

Commanding Officers

LCdr Gruffydd Harding Williams, RN - 31 May 1943 - 06 Jul 1943

Cdr Ralph Cyril Medley, DSO, RN - 07 Jul 1943 - 22 Mar 1944

LCdr Edward William Finch-Noyes, RCN - 23 Mar 1944 - 06 Apr 1944

LCdr Alan Hebert Easton, DSC, RCNR - 07 Apr 1944 - 08 Aug 1944

A/LCdr Thomas Charles Pullen, RCN - 25 Aug 1944 - 21 Aug 1945

A/LCdr Frederick Charles Frewer, RCN - 22 Aug 1945 - 28 Jan 1946

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

LEITCH, Dugald

LS, V35138, RCNVR

died - 06 Jul 1944 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Aldred, Frank Edward

_____-2010

Atkinson, David

____-1977

Blaise, Charles Eugene

1908-1980

Bonner, Frederick Arthur

____-2006

Burgess, William A.

____-2008

C-D

Cavers, J. Arthur

____-2002

Chambers, M. Patrick

1926-2012

 

 

 

E-F

Easton, Alan Herbert

1902-2001

4th Commanding Officer

Everett, Alfred William

1921-2016

Drafted to Saskatchewan 07 Nov 1943 as Slt, RCN

Fick, Walter Clarence

1919-1999

Finch-Noyes, Edward William

1909-1982

Drafted to Saskatchewan 16 Feb 1944 as LCdr, RCN.

3rd Commanding Officer

Frewer, Frederick Charsley

1922-2004

I-J

Jickling, Jarvis

1926-2010

 

 

 

 

K-L

Kellett, Stan Earl

1925-2013

Lagergren, Donald William

1923-2010

 

 

 

M-N

Murray, Robert Gordon

____-2003

 

 

 

 

O-P

Pledger, Clifford William

1917-2017

Served in Saskatchewan as an Electrician

Pullen, Thomas Charles

1918-1990

5th Commanding Officer

 

 

 

Q-R

Robertson, James Stewart

____-____

 

 

 

 

S-T

Saretsky, Roman

1924-2007

Simmons, H.J.

____-____

Tefler, John Wilton

____-2004

Thibodeau, David

1924-2009

 

W-X

Webber, Reginald Amand

1929-1968

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Bell, Alex - 1944

 

Belyea, Dan - 1944

 

Brooks, Charles Edgar, Slt, RCNR - 31 May 1943

 

Desrosiers, Jacques, Lt, RCNVR - 14 Feb 1944

 

Ennis, Mark - 1944

 

Ferne, Harry Curtis, Lt, RCNVR - 31 May 1943

 

Forbes, Peter Whyte, Lt (E), RCNR - 07 May 1943 (Stand by) /  31 May 1943 / 15 Feb 1944

 

Fortier, Thomas de Blois, A/Lt, RCNVR - 03 May 1944

 

Hume, Lorne, Lt, RCNVR - 28 Apr 1945

 

Hyndman, Harry Harland, Lt, RCN - 31 May 1943

Irwin, John Robert, Slt (E), RCNVR - 20 Mar 1944

 

Keeley, Charles Douglas, Surg/Lt, RCNVR

 

Kimber, Jack - 1944

 

Kitz, Joseph Russell, A/Lt (E), RCNVR - 08 May 1945

 

Lawrie, John - 1944

 

Lesslie, William Van Arnam, A/Slt, RCN - 31 May 1943

 

Levy, John Givson, Lt (El), RCNVR - 24 Mar 1944

 

Mason, John Kingsford Herbert, Lt, RCNVR - 19 Feb 1944

 

McAllister, William Lawrence (Laurie), PO 

 

McCormack, Leo Patrick, Lt, RCNVR - 31 May 1943

Phillips, Al - 1944

 

Richardson, Oscar Billings, Surg/Lt, RCNVR - 31 May 1943

 

Thomas, William Alfred, Lt (E), RCNVR - 15 Feb 1944

 

Wade, John Howard, Lt, RCNVR -31 May 1943

 

Waters, Donald Mackenzie, RCN - 16 Feb 1944

 

Webber, Reginald Amand, Lt, RCN - 31 May 1943

 

Whalley, Arthur George Cuthbert, LCdr, RCNVR - 13 Jun 1945

 

Whyte, William Methvin, Lt, RCNVR - 31 May 1943

 

Wickett, Francis Dudley, Lt, RCNVR - 31 May 1943

 

William, Harold Hoslin, Lt (E), RCNVR - 15 Feb 1944

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

Personal photo gallery of David Thibodeau, Tel, RCNVR

Ship's company photos for HMCS Saskatchewan

 

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