Allied Warships

HMCS Gatineau (H 61)

Destroyer of the E class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassE 
PennantH 61 
Built bySwan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.): Wallsend 
Ordered 
Laid down24 Mar 1933 
Launched29 May 1934 
Commissioned3 Jun 1943 
End service10 Jan 1946 
History

Former Royal Navy destroyer HMS Express transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy on 3 June 1943.
Decommissioned 10 January 1946.

 
Former nameHMS Express

Commands listed for HMCS Gatineau (H 61)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. Philip Whitworth Burnett, RN1 May 194310 Nov 1943
2Lt. Ernest Meurice Chadwick, RCN10 Nov 194322 Nov 1943
3A/Lt.Cdr. Harold Victor William Groos, RCN22 Nov 194310 Sep 1944
4A/Lt.Cdr. Ralph Lucien Hennessy, DSC, RCN11 Sep 194429 Sep 1944
5Lt. James Allison Bryant, RCNVR30 Sep 19449 Nov 1944
6A/Lt.Cdr. Geoffrey Huntley Davidson, RCN10 Nov 194414 Jul 1945
7A/Lt.Cdr. Patrick David Budge, DSC, RCN15 Jul 194526 Nov 1945

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Notable events involving Gatineau include:


8 Aug 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. R.H. Bull, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Polyanthus (T/Lt. J.G. Aitken, RNR), HMCS Drumheller (T/Lt. L.P. Denny, RCNR), HMS Lagan (Lt.Cdr. (retired) A. Ayre, RNR), HMCS Kamloops (T/Lt. D.M. Stewart, RCNR), HMCS Gatineau (Cdr. P.W. Burnett, RN), HMCS Chambly (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.F. Pickard, RCNR), HMS Drury (Lt.Cdr. N.J. Parker, RN) and HMS Primrose (T/Lt. P.E. Kitto, RNR). (1)

19 Oct 1943
HMS H 50 (Lt. J.C. Varley, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Kamloops (T/Lt. D.M. Stewart, RCNR), HMCS Chambly (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.F. Pickard, RCNR), HMCS Gatineau (Cdr. P.W. Burnett, RN) and HMCS Drumheller (T/Lt. L.P. Denny, RCNR). (2)

14 Jan 1944
HMS H 44 (Lt. P.N. Joyce, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Fennel (A/Lt.Cdr. W.P. Moffat, RCNVR) and HMCS Gatineau (A/Lt.Cdr. H.V.W. Groos, RCN). (3)

6 Mar 1944
After unsuccessful attempts at towing the boat to port German U-boat U-744 was sunk at 1830hrs on 6 March 1944 in the North Atlantic, in position 52°01'N, 22°37'W, after being torpedoed by the British destroyer HMS Icarus (Lt.Cdr. R. Dyer, RN). U-744 was attacked for over 30 hours by depth charges from HMS Icarus, the Canadian frigate HMCS St. Catharines (T/Lt.Cdr. A.F. Pickard, RCNR with Cdr. P.W. Burnett, DSC, RN escort group commander onboard), Canadian corvettes HMCS Fennel (A/Lt.Cdr. W.P. Moffat, RCNVR), HMCS Chilliwack (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.R. Coughlin, RCNVR), Canadian destroyers HMCS Chaudiere (A/Lt.Cdr. C.P. Nixon, RCN), HMCS Gatineau (A/Lt.Cdr. H.V.W. Groos, RCN) and the British corvette HMS Kenilworth Castle (Lt. J.J.Allon, RNR).

8 May 1944
HMS H 50 (T/Lt. A.F. Wicker, RNVR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS St. Laurent (Lt.Cdr. A.G. Boulton, RCNVR), HMCS Gatineau (Lt.Cdr. H.V.W. Groos, RCN), HMS Sunflower (T/A/Lt.Cdr. L.H. Stammers, RNVR), HMCS Mayflower (T/Lt. D.S. Martin, RCNR) and HMCS Drumheller (T/Lt. H.R. Beck, RCNR). (4)

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17927
  2. ADM 173/17833
  3. ADM 173/17812
  4. ADM 173/18528

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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