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HMCS VANCOUVER K240

 

HMCS Vancouver K240

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HMCS Vancouver

jacket patch

 

Battle honours and awards:  Aleutians 1942-43,   Atlantic 1944-45

 

 

Laid down: 16 Jun 1941

Launched: 26 Aug 1941

Commissioned: 20 Mar 1942

Paid off: 26 Jun 1945

Fate: Broken up at Hamilton, Ont., in 1946

 

Laid down and launched as HMCS Kitchener K240, she was renamed HMCS Vancouver K240 in Nov 1941. Commissioned at Esquimalt on 20 Mar 1942, she joined Esquimalt Force and, on 20 Jun 1942 escorted the torpedo-damaged SS Fort Camosun to Victoria. In Aug 1942 she left for Kodiak, Alaska, to perform escort service for several weeks in support of the Aleutian campaign. On 24 Feb 1943, she again arrived at Kodiak to serve under U.S. control until the end of May 1943. In mid-Sep 1943 she emerged from three months' refit at Vancouver with an extended fo'c's'le. Reassigned in Feb 1944, to WLEF, she arrived at Halifax on 25 Mar 1944. After serving briefly with escort groups W-3 and W-1, she was transferred in Jun 1944 to Quebec Force as escort to Quebec City-Goose Bay convoys for three months. Late in Nov 1944, after a month's refit at Charlottetown, she proceeded to Bermuda to work up, and on her return rejoined W-1 for the balance of hostilities. She was paid off on 26 Jun 1945, at Sorel, she was sold on 05 Oct 1945 and broken up at Hamilton, Ont., in 1946.

 

Commanding Officers

Lt Percival Francis M. DeFreitas, RCNR - 20 Mar 1942 - 07 Jun 1943

LCdr Arthur Truman Morrell, RCNR - 15 Jun  1943 - 04 Feb 1944

A/LCdr Aubrey Winston Ford, RCNR - 05 Feb 1944 - 09 Oct 1944

Lt Gordon Cook Campbell, RCNVR - 10 Oct 1944 - 26 Jun 1945

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

A-B

Bell, Robert Sinclair

____-2017

Burton, George Robert

____-____

 

 

 

C-D

De Freitas, Pervical Francis Mayow

Killed - 20 Sep 1943

While serving in

HMCS St. Croix

 

 

 

 

G-H

Hulme, George Frederick

1920-2010

 

 

 

 

K-L

Lamont, William

1921-2003

Served in Vancouver as a SBA

 

 

 

 

S-T

Sand, Erwin Henry

1920-2009

Spershott, Walter Edgar

1911-2003

Sturch, Douglas Haig

1918-2007

 

 

W-X

Walker, William James

1922-2013

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Annear, Ernest Arthur, Lt, RCNVR - Jan 1945

 

Bragg, Percival Dean, Lt, RCNVR - 04 Feb 1944

 

Carmichael, Currie McRae, Slt, RCNVR - 20 May 1942

 

Dando, Thoms Arthur, Lt, RCNVR - 04 Feb 1944

Hesler, Harrison Howard, Lt, RCNVR - 06 Jul 1943

 

Lawrie, Andrew Hampton, Lt, RCNVR - 11 Feb 1944

 

Livingstone, Robert Clarence, Lt, RCNVR - 04 Feb 1944

 

Martin, Ian Cameron, A/Wt (E), RCN - 15 Jun 1943

 

Moncrieff, George Glen, Lt, RCNVR - 10 Jun 1942

Mulley, John Wallace, Slt, RCNVR - 04 Feb 1944

 

Oakley, Thomas Eric, Slt, RCNVR - 09 Jun 1944

 

Robitaille, Jean Paul, Lt, RCNVR - 17 Jun 1943

 

Walker, Frank Bigley, Lt, RCNVR - 04 Feb 1944

 

Young, William Arthur, Lt, RCNVR - 05 Apr 1945

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

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