Allied Warships

HMCS Guysborough (J 52)

Minesweeper of the Bangor class

Photo from Imperial War Museum (IWM), FL-13703

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantJ 52 
ModVTE reciprocating engined 
Built byNorth Vancouver Ship Repairs Ltd. (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) 
Ordered28 Nov 1940 
Laid down28 May 1941 
Launched21 Jul 1941 
Commissioned22 Apr 1942 
Lost17 Mar 1945 
Loss position46° 43'N, 9° 30'W

At 18.50 hours on 17 March 1945, HMCS Guysborough (T/Lt. Benjamin Thomas Robert Russell, RCNR) was hit by a Gnat from U-868 in the Bay of Biscay. She was sunk by a coup de grâce at 19.35 hours in position 46º43'N, 09º30'W. There were 51 casualties among her crew.


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 17 Mar 1945 by U-868 (Turre).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMCS Guysborough
Former nameHMS Guysborough

Commands listed for HMCS Guysborough (J 52)

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1T/Lt. Benjamin Thomas Robert Russell, RCNR8 Apr 194217 Mar 1945

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U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
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