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HMCS WINDFLOWER K155

 

Flower Class Corvette

 


 

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.

 


 

Photos and Documents

 


 

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     

 

 

AYERS, Ernest William

Sig, V/8778, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Dec 1941

BARTLETT, Frederick E.

OS, V27273, RCNVR

DOW - 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 E.

ERA 4c, 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 C.

O/Tel, V/9696, RCNVR

MPK - 01 Apr 1941

PECK, James Philip Christopher

SLt, RCNVR

MPK - 07 Dec 1941

PRICE, John

Lt, RCNR

MPK - 07 Dec 1941

SHIELDS, Walter E.

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

 

(s) - survived the sinking of HMCS WINDFLOWER

 

 


 

Former Crew Members

 

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

 

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

 


 

Photos and Documents

 

HMCS WINDFLOWER K155 during builders trials near Quebec City, fall, 1940

Newspaper article on the sinking of HMCS WINDFLOWER

From the collection of John E. Abraham

Courtesy of John M. Abraham

John Abraham reunited with his family after returning to Canada following the sinking of HMCS WINDFLOWER

From the collection of John E. Abraham

Courtesy of John M. Abraham

Newspaper articles on the sinking of HMCS WINDFLOWER K155

The Evening Citizen, Ottawa, Ontario - 09 Mar 1943

HMC WINDFLOWER K155

Source: CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum

 


 

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