Clarence Aubrey King DSO, DSC, RCNR

Birth details unknown


29 Aug 1939 T/Lt.
28 May 1940 T/A/Lt.Cdr.
1 Jan 1943 T/Lt.Cdr.
1 Jan 1944 T/A/Cdr.
1 Jan 1945 T/Cdr.

Retired: 1 Aug 1946


22 Jun 1917 DSC
26 Dec 1942 DSO

Warship Commands listed for Clarence Aubrey King, RCNR

HMCS Saskatoon (K 158)T/A/Lt.Cdr.Corvette5 Feb 194214 Feb 1942
HMCS Nipigon (J 154)T/A/Lt.Cdr.Minesweeper15 Feb 194211 May 1942
HMCS Oakville (K 178)T/A/Lt.Cdr.Corvette12 May 194221 Apr 1943
HMCS Swansea (K 328)T/Lt.Cdr.Frigate4 Oct 19434 Nov 1944
HMCS Runnymede (K 678)T/Cdr.Frigate9 Jun 194522 Oct 1945

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Corvette HMCS Oakville (K 178)

28 Aug 1942 (position 17.40, -74.30)
German U-boat U-94 was sunk in the Caribbean Sea, in position 17°40'N, 74°30'W by depth charges from an American Catalina aircraft (VP-92) and ramming by the Canadian corvette HMCS Oakville (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.A. King, DSC, RCNR).

Frigate HMCS Swansea (K 328)

10 Mar 1944 (position 48.20, -20.33)
German U-boat U-845 was sunk in the North Atlantic, in position 48°20'N, 20°33'W, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Forester, the Canadian destroyer HMCS St. Laurent, the Canadian corvette HMCS Owen Sound and the Canadian frigate HMCS Swansea.

10 Mar 1944
On that clear moonlit night, following the sinking of U-845, three of the attacking ships, Swansea, Forester and St. Laurent lay stopped while their whalers were launched and scrambling nets deployed to facilitate a total of Three Officers and Forty-two men being retrieved from the icy waters of the North Atlantic. Half that number, One Officer and Twenty-two men were rescued by HMCS Swansea to become POW's. (1)

14 Apr 1944 (position 46.22, -19.35)
German U-boat U-448 in the North Atlantic north-east of the Azores, in position 46°22'N, 19°35'W, by depth charges from the Canadian frigate HMCS Swansea (A/Cdr. C.A. King, DSO, DSC, RCNR) and the British sloop HMS Pelican (Cdr. J.S. Dalison, DSO, RN).

14 Apr 1944
Following a devastating creeping attack, U-448 surfaced, then sank. Of a total of Five Officers and Thirty-seven men, Swansea rescued Seventeen and Pelican picked up the remaining Twenty-five. (1)

22 Apr 1944 (position 52.09, -19.07)
German U-boat U-311 sunk in the North Atlantic south west of Iceland in position 52°09'N, 19°07'W, by depth charges from the Canadian frigates HMCS Matane (Lt.Cdr. A.F.C. Layard, DSO, RN) and HMCS Swansea (A/Cdr. C.A. King, DSO, DSC, RCNR).

22 Apr 1944
The fact that U-311 was destroyed by the depth charge attacks of Matane and/or Swansea, was unknown until years after WWII, when German and British intelligence attributed the kill to these two ships, as opposed to attack by aircraft, the latter having been thought to be the case prior to the post-war analyses. (1)

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McKee, Fraser M.


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