HMCS Snowberry (K 166)
Corvette of the Flower class
|Navy||The Royal Canadian Navy|
|Built by||Davie Shipbuilding and Repairing Co. Ltd. (Lauzon, Quebec, Canada)|
|Ordered||22 Jan 1940|
|Laid down||24 Feb 1940|
|Launched||8 Aug 1940|
|Commissioned||26 Nov 1940|
|End service||8 Jun 1945|
Fo'c's'le extention at Charleston (South Carolina, U.S.A.) completed on 14 May 1943.
Decommissioned and returned to the Royal Navy on 8 June 1945.
|Former name||HMS Snowberry|
Commands listed for HMCS Snowberry (K 166)
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|1||T/Lt. Roy Stanley Kelley, RCNR||5 Sep 1940||5 Feb 1942|
|2||T/A/Lt.Cdr. Philip John Bowin Watts, RCNVR||6 Feb 1942||21 May 1943|
|3||T/Lt. John Barry O'Brien, RCNVR||22 May 1943||9 Nov 1943|
|4||T/Lt. James Alexander Dunn, RCNVR||10 Nov 1943||24 Dec 1943|
|5||T/Lt. John Barry O'Brien, RCNVR||25 Dec 1943||14 Jan 1944|
|6||T/Lt. James Alexander Dunn, RCNVR||15 Jan 1944||30 Apr 1945|
|7||T/Lt. Benjamin Thomas Robert Russell, RCNR||1 May 1945||8 Jun 1945|
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Noteable events involving Snowberry include:
23 Aug 1943
On the 23th August 1943 the 40th Escort Group (Cdr. Dallison), consisting of the sloops HMS Landguard, HMS Bideford, HMS Hastings and the frigates HMS Exe, HMS Moyola and HMS Waveney were deployed on a U-boat hunt off Cape Ortegal. The whole operation was covered by the British light cruiser HMS Bermuda.
On the 25th August the Canadian 5th Support Group (Cdr. Tweed), consisting of the British frigates HMS Nene, HMS Tweed and the Canadian corvettes HMCS Calgary, HMCS Edmundston and HMCS Snowberry were deployed to relieve the 40th Escort Group. While this was in progress the ships were attacked at 1415 hrs by 14 Dornier Do-217's and 7 Ju-88's. with the new German weapon, the Henschel Glider Bombs, (the "Hs293 A-1"). Designed by the German Professor Herbert Wagner. HMS Landguard and HMS Bideford were the first of the Allied and R.N. ships to be attacked and damaged by them. This being the first time of their being brought into action against Allied ships. Several sailors were injured on HMS Bideford and one sailor was killed.
Another two days later on the 27th August 1943 the Canadian 5th Support group was relieved by the 1st Support group (Cdr. Brewer) consisting of the sloops HMS Pelican, HMS Egret and the frigates HMS Jed, HMS Rother, HMS Spey and HMS Evenlode. Also the covering cruiser HMS Bermuda was relieved by the Canadian destroyer HMCS Athabaskan and the British destroyer HMS Grenville. These ships were also attacked by the Germans. This time with 18 Dornier Do-217?s also carrying Henschel Glider Bombs. HMCS Athabaskan was heavily damaged and HMS Egret was sunk with the loss of 194 of her crew. After this loss the U-boat hunt was blown off.
20 Nov 1943
German U-boat U-536 was sunk in the North Atlantic north-east of the Azores, in position 43°50'N, 19°39'W, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Nene (Cdr. J.D. Birch, RD, RNR) and the Canadian corvettes HMCS Snowberry (T/Lt. J.A. Dunn, RCNVR) and HMCS Calgary (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.K. Hill, RCNVR).