For Posterity's Sake         

A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

HMCS WINDFLOWER K155 (1941)

Former HMS WINDFLOWER K155 (1940)

HMCS Windflower during acceptance trials in 1940 - Note that her armament has not yet been fitted

RCN Photo

 

Laid down: 25 Feb 1940

Launched: 04 Jul 1940

Commissioned: 20 Oct 1940

Transferred to RCN: 15 May 1941

Commissioned: 15 May 1941

Fate: Rammed by a merchant ship in convoy and sunk on 07 Dec 1941

 

Built for the RN, she was commissioned on 20 Oct 1940 as HMS Windflower, at Quebec City. She arrived at Halifax on 31 Oct 1940 and left on 06 Dec 1940 with convoy HX.94 for the U.K. There, at Scotsoun, she completed fitting out on 02 Mar 1941, following which she went to Tobermory to work up. Later in Mar 1941 she was assigned to EG 4 (RN), Greenock, escorting convoys between the U.K. and Iceland. On 15 May 1941 she was transferred to the RCN and commissioned as HMCS Windflower. She left Aultbea on 10 Jun 1942 for St. John's with OB.332, and on arrival transferred to Newfoundland Command. After two round trips between St. John's and Iceland, she arrived at Liverpool, N.S., on 29 Aug 1942 for a short refit, resuming her ocean escort duties in mid-Oct 1942. She made one more round trip to Iceland, and on 07 Dec 1941, while making her second trip, was rammed and sunk in convoy SC.58 by the Dutch freighter Zypenberg in dense fog off the Grand Banks. Twenty-three of her complement were lost.

 

Commanding Officers

A/LCdr John Hubert Smith MacDonald, RCNR - 20 Oct 1940 - 13 Oct 1941

Lt J. Price, RCNR - 14 Oct 1941 - 07 Dec 1941

 

     In memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice    

     Lest We Forget     

 

- Book of Remembrance entry     - Grave or burial information

 

AYERS, Ernest William

Sig, V/8778, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Dec 1941 

BARTLETT, Frederick Ernest

OS, V/27273, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Dec 1941 

BRIGHT, Jerome Denny

OS, V/17524, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Dec 1941 

COLLIN, Alfred James Kenneth

Mate, RCNR

MPK - 07 Dec 1941 

DUDDLES, Stanley Edward

ERA, V/24022, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Dec 1941 

FAREWELL, Elmo Retlaw

OS, V/16395, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Dec 1941 

FIDDLER, Roderick

CERA, A/1089, RCNR

MPK - 07 Dec 1941 

GAUTHIER, Leonard Edmund

Sto, V/6476, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Dec 1941 

HARE, Alphonse Leroy

Tel, V/25675, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Dec 1941 

LIVINGSTONE, John Franklin

Sto PO, A/2162, RCNR

MPK - 07 Dec 1941 

MARTIN, Kenneth Wesley

ERA, V/18307, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Dec 1941 

MCDOUGALL, William Henry Bradshaw

OS, V/6483, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Dec 1941 

MILLS, Murray Keith

OS, V/8791, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Dec 1941 

MORRIS, Wilbur Lamb

L/Sto, V/8485, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Dec 1941 

PATTERSON, Cecil Camille

Ord. Tel, V/9696, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Dec 1941 

PECK, James Philip Christopher

Slt, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Dec 1941 

PRICE, John

Lt, RCNR

MPK - 07 Dec 1941 

SHIELDS, Walter Edward

Slt, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Dec 1941 

SPEAR, Wilfred David

AB, V/5251, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Dec 1941 

TODD, James Warner

Ord. Coder, V/17633, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Dec 1941 

WEBBER, Bernard

OS, V/27272, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Dec 1941 

WITNEY, Alfred Edward

OS, V/14672, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Dec 1941 

WOODCOCK, Richard Alexander

AB, V/17084, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Dec 1941 

 

 

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

G-H

Gilboe, Earl Henry

____-2008

 

 

 

 

K-L

Lockwood, Edgar Wallace

____-2011

 

 

 

 

 

Former Crew Members

Charrier, Georges Joseph 

Fraser, Gilbert Goodwin, Lt, RCNVR - 22 Jun 1941

Johnson, Frederick James Gordon, Lt, RCNVR - 02 Mar 1941

 

 

Photos and Documents

 

Links

The Memory Project - Georges Joseph Charrier

 

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