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HMCS THUNDER J156

 

HMCS Thunder J156

 

Laid down: 04 Dec 1940

Launched: 19 Mar 1941

Commissioned: 14 Oct 1941

Paid off: 04 Oct 1945

Fate: Broken up in 1947

 

Built at Toronto, she was commissioned there on 14 Oct 1941. Thunder arrived at Halifax 30 Oct 1941. After working up, she joined Sydney Force, but in Jan 1942, was transferred to WLEF and subsequently to Halifax Local Defence Force, Shelburne Force, Halifax Force, and back to Sydney Force. She sailed with Bayfield, Georgian and Mulgrave from Halifax on 18 Feb 1944, for Plymouth via the Azores. Arriving on 13 Mar 1944, she was allocated to the 32nd Minesweeping Flotilla as Senior Officer's ship but was later transferred to the 4th Flotilla, and was present on D-Day. Thunder returned to Canada in Aug 1944, to refit at Sydney but was back at Plymouth in late November, assigned to the 31st Flotilla. In May 1945, in the Bay of Biscay, she accepted the surrender of the German auxiliary minesweeper FGi07. She sailed for Canada in Sep 1945, to be paid off on 04 Oct 1945 at Halifax, and was broken up at Sorel in 1947.

 

Photos and Documents          Ship's company photos

 

Commanding Officers

Cdr Herman Dwight Mackay, RCNR - 23 May 1941 (Stand by) 14 Oct 1941 - 25 Jun 1945

Lt Arthur Walter Moore, RCNR - 26 Jun 1945 - 04 Oct 1945

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-F

Ambrose, Fredrick James

1909-1976

Bell, Walter E.

Davis, William Bernard

____-2009

Fortin, Jean-Paul

Fox, Ezra Milford

1923-2016

G-L

Graham, Patrick Henry Quinn

1920-2010

Hawley, John

1920-1975

Heward, John Edisforth

1916-2002

Keith, George Fraser

1916-2005

Kieran, David Byrne

1924-2006

M-N

MacDonald, John D.

Mackay, Herman D.

McArthur, Charles D.

Moore, Arthur W.

Newman, H. Douglas

O-Z

Poirier, Armand

1921-2006

Robins, James Maxwell

1919-1997

Smith, Philip Herman Dean

1925-1994

Prize crew for German warship FGi07

Taylor, Ronald Erskine

1923-2002

Thomas, William Gordon

____-2008

Truscott, Lewis

Usher, Ewart Sheldon

1920-2005

Drafted to Thunder 04 May 1943 as a SLt (E), RCNVR

Whitney, Lloyd Earle

1914-2006

Wood, Norman Angus

1923-2003

Served in Thunder Jan 1943 - Jan 1945 as a Telegraphist

 

 

Former Crew Members

Bacque, Graeme Frederick Evan, Lt, RCNVR - 14 May 1943

 

Bradley, Ronald - Alive and well in Aug 2019 age 93.

 

Heron, John, AB - 1945

 

Kinsman, Frederick Blenkhorn, SLt, RCNVR - 21 Jun 1942

MacLachlan, George Alan, SLt, RCNVR - Jan 1942

 

McBride, William Edward, SLt, RCNVR - 22 Mar 1943

 

McMillan, Norm 

 

Parker, Richard Allan, SLt, RCNVR - 09 Feb 1942 (Stand by) / Lt, RCNVR - 08 Jun 1942

Porier, Joe, AB - 1945

 

Routhwaite, Harry Leslie, SLt, RCNVR  - 22 Feb 1943

 

Thomas, William Ross, SLt, RCNVR - 20 Jul 1942

 

Photos and Documents

 

HMCS THUNDER J156 - 1942

 

From the collection of François Messier, AB, RCNVR

 

Courtesy of Denis Messier

Fredrick James Ambrose on HMCS Thunder with prisoner from the surrendered German Aux. Minesweeper FGi07, May 1945

From the collection of Fred Ambrose

Courtesy of Steve Ambrose

HMCS THUNDER NABS HUN SHIP

From the collection of Fred Ambrose

Courtesy of Steve Ambrose

Prince Albert Sailor Help Bring Home German Trawler

The Prince Albert Daily Herald

From the collection of Dean Smith

Courtesy of Winston Smith

Sig Truscott on the signal lamp on HMCS Thunder J156

Courtesy of William Truscott

Newspaper article (in French) on the capture of a German minesweeper by HMCS Thunder

From the collection of J.P. Fortin

Courtesy of Colette Fortin

 

JF01

JF01

JF03

JF04

JF05

JF06

(JF01 & JF02) J.P. Fortin on HMCS Thunder J156  (JF03) J.P. Fortin (left) and (belived to be) James Tobias painting HMCS Thunder's gunshield  (JF04) HMCS Thunder's funnel with the number of the 31st Minesweeping Flotilla with the Maple Leaf above (JF05) HMCS Thunder J156 - note her gunshield art  (JF06) J.P. Fortin on HMCS Thunder

 

From the collection of Jean-Paul Fortin

Courtesy of Colette Fortin

HMCS Thunder J156

From the collection of Fred Ambrose

Courtesy of Steve Ambrose

 

Msg 1

Msg 2

Msg 3

Msg 4

 

Messages saved by Fred Ambrose from his time on HMCS Thunder J156

 

(1) Pre-D-Day message from Naval Commander Western Task Force (flagship USS Augusta)

 

(2) Post D-Day message from Admiralty congratulating Minesweeping forces and Pre D-Day message (01 Jun 1944) from S.C.F.O. (Vice-Admiral Percy W. Nelles) to all Canadian Ships, Plymouth

 

(3) Pre D-Day message from Naval Commander Western Task Force (flagship USS Augusta) to all British ships and craft in Western Task Force

 

(4) Post D-Day message from Commander Battleship Division Five (USS) Texas and Commander Task Force (US Atlantic Fleet) congratulating all ships involved.

 

Courtesy of Steve Ambrose

 

In May 1945, in the Bay of Biscay, HMCS THUNDER accepted the surrender of the German auxiliary minesweeper FGi07

 

The photos below are official RCN photos of the surrender of FGi07.  They are sorted by their negative number (HN-xxxx) and may not necessarily be in sequences of events.  The photo negative number is listed below Doug Newman's photo collection number. The photos are fairly self explanatory.  Notes have been entered where deemed appropriate.

 

DN100

HN-2400

DN101

HN-2433

DN102

HN-2472

DN103

HN-2474

DN104

HN-2473

(DN100) Boarding party from HMCS THUNDER holding a NAZI flag from FGi07

 

DN105

HN-2476

 

DN106

HN-2478

DN107

HN-2482

DN108

HN-2491

DN109

HN-2494

(DN106) Signalman Lewis Truscott, RCNVR, guarding German prisoners on the quarterdeck of HMCS THUNDER

 

DN110

HN-2495

DN111

HN-2497

DN112

HN-2498

DN113

HN-2500

DN114

HN-2501

 

DN115

HN-2503

DN116

HN-2504

DN117

HN-2552

DN118

HN-2554

(DN115) THUNDER crewmember speaks with German sailor while another crew member stands guard  (DN116) German prisoners on the foc's'le of HMCS THUNDER  (DN117-DN118) Sailors on HMCS THUNDER relaxing on the upper decks

 

From the collection of Harry Douglas (Doug) Newman, PO.HSD, RCNVR

 

Courtesy of Brian Newman

 

 

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