HMCS Gatineau (H 61)
Destroyer of the E class
|Navy||The Royal Canadian Navy|
|Built by||Swan Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd. (Wallsend-on-Tyne, U.K.): Wallsend|
|Laid down||24 Mar 1933|
|Launched||29 May 1934|
|Commissioned||3 Jun 1943|
|End service||10 Jan 1946|
Former Royal Navy destroyer HMS Express transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy on 3 June 1943.
|Former name||HMS Express|
Commands listed for HMCS Gatineau (H 61)
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|1||Cdr. Philip Whitworth Burnett, RN||1 May 1943||10 Nov 1943|
|2||Lt. Ernest Meurice Chadwick, RCN||10 Nov 1943||22 Nov 1943|
|3||A/Lt.Cdr. Harold Victor William Groos, RCN||22 Nov 1943||10 Sep 1944|
|4||A/Lt.Cdr. Ralph Lucien Hennessy, DSC, RCN||11 Sep 1944||29 Sep 1944|
|5||Lt. James Allison Bryant, RCNVR||30 Sep 1944||9 Nov 1944|
|6||A/Lt.Cdr. Geoffrey Huntley Davidson, RCN||10 Nov 1944||14 Jul 1945|
|7||A/Lt.Cdr. Patrick David Budge, DSC, RCN||15 Jul 1945||26 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)
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). (5)
1 May 1945
HMS Volatile (Lt. F.R. Lawrence, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Tobermory with HMCS Assiniboine (Cdr.(Retd.) E.L. Armstrong, RCN), HMCS Kootenay (A/Lt.Cdr. W.H. Willson, DSC, RCN), HMCS Saskatchewan (A/Lt.Cdr. T.C. Pullen, RCN) and HMCS Gatineau (A/Lt.Cdr. G.H. Davidson, RCN). (6)
- ADM 173/17927
- ADM 173/17833
- ADM 173/17812
- ADM 173/18586
- ADM 173/18528
- ADM 173/20332
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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