Allied Warships

HMCS Battleford (K 165)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 165 
Built byCollingwood Shipyards Ltd. (Collingwood, Ontario, Canada) 
Ordered1 Feb 1940 
Laid down30 Sep 1940 
Launched15 Apr 1941 
Commissioned31 Jul 1941 
End service18 Jul 1945 
History

Fo'c's'le extention at Sydney (Nova Scotia, Canada) completed on 31 July 1944.

Decomissioned 18 July 1945.
Became the Venezuelan Libertad in 1946.
Libertad was lost on 12 April 1949.

 

Commands listed for HMCS Battleford (K 165)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Lt. Roland Joel Roberts, RCNR31 Jul 19415 Oct 1942
2T/Lt. Frederick Allen Beck, RCNVR6 Oct 19425 Jul 1943
3T/Lt.Cdr. Alan Herbert Easton, DSC, RCNR6 Jul 194320 Aug 1943
4T/A/Lt.Cdr. Frederick Allen Beck, RCNVR1 Sep 19437 May 1944
5T/Lt. Hugh Hathaway Turnbull, RCNVR8 May 194419 Jun 1944
6T/Lt. Phillipe Albert Langlois, RCNVR20 Jun 194423 May 1945
7T/Lt. Francis Dudley Wickett, RCNVR24 May 194518 Jul 1945

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Notable events involving Battleford include:


8 Aug 1942
HMCS Battleford (T/Lt. R.J. Roberts, RCNVR) picks up 46 survivors from the American merchant Kaimoku and 17 survivors from the British merchant Anneberg that were both torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-379 in the North Atlantic in position 56°30'N, 32°14'W.

HMCS Battleford also picks up 41 survivors from the British merchant Kelso that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-176 in the North Atlantic southeast of Cape Farewell in position 56°30'N, 32°14'W.

9 Aug 1942
HMCS Battleford (T/Lt. R.J. Roberts, RCNVR) picks up 40 survivors from the British merchant Radchurch that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-176 in the North Atlantic in position 56°15'N, 32°00'W.

27 Dec 1942
German U-boat U-356 was sunk in the North Atlantic north of the Azores, in position 43°30'N, 25°40'W, by depth charges from the Canadian destroyer HMCS St. Laurent (A/Cdr. G.S. Windeyer, RCN) and the Canadian corvettes HMCS Chilliwack (T/A/Lt.Cdr. L.L. Foxall, RCNR), HMCS Battleford (T/Lt. F.A. Beck, RCNVR) and HMCS Napanee (T/Lt. S. Henderson, RCNR).

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Corvettes of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1939-1945

MacPherson, Ken and Milner, Marc


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