HMCS Regina (K 234)
|Name||HMCS Regina (K 234)|
|Completed||1941 - Marine Industries Ltd, Sorel, Quebec|
|Owner||Royal Canadian Navy|
|Date of attack||8 Aug 1944||Nationality: Canadian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-667 (Karl-Heinz Lange)|
|Position||50.42N, 05.03W - Grid BF 22|
|Complement||96 officers and men (30 dead and 66 survivors).|
|Route||Avonmouth - Normandy|
From April to October 1942, the HMCS Regina (K 234) (LtCdr R.S. Kelly) served as convoy escort operating from Halifax and New York. She rescued 25 survivors from the Alexander Macomb, which had been sunk by U-215 (Hoeckner) in convoy BX-27 on 3 July and landed them in Halifax.
In April 1943, she returned to Canada with convoy ON-174 for a short refit and was then operated again with the Western Escort Force from Halifax, St.Johns and New York. After a long refit from June 1943 to February 1944, the HMCS Regina (K 234) (Lt J.W. Radford) was transferred to the Escort Group C1 of the Mid-Ocean Escort Force with convoy SC-154.
The Battle Honours of HMCS Regina (K 234): Atlantic 1942-1944, Mediterranean 1943, English Channel 1944, Normandy 1944
|Notes on event|
At 21.27 hours on 8 Aug, 1944, the Ezra Weston in convoy EBC-66 was hit by one torpedo from U-667 about eight miles off Trevose Head, Cornwall. The sole escort of the convoy, HMCS Regina (K 234) (Lt J.W. Radford, RCNR) turned and slowed down to pick up survivors, thinking that the merchant had been mined. The U-boat fired a Gnat at the corvette, which blew up and sank within 30 seconds. One officer and 27 men were lost. The commander and 65 crew members were picked up by the British armed trawler HMS Jaques Morgand and the British landing ship HMS LCT-644 (SLt L.G. Read), but two men died of injuries before the vessel reached Padstow, Cornwall.
|On board||We have details of 33 people who were on board.|
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