Allied Warships

HMCS Wetaskiwin (K 175)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantK 175 
Built byBurrard Dry Dock Co. Ltd. (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) 
Ordered14 Feb 1940 
Laid down11 Apr 1940 
Launched18 Jul 1940 
Commissioned17 Dec 1940 
End service19 Jun 1945 

Fo'c's'le extention at Galveston (Texas, U.S.A.) completed on 6 March 1944.

Decommissioned 19 June 1945.
Became the Venezuelan Victor in 1946.

Former nameHMCS Banff

Commands listed for HMCS Wetaskiwin (K 175)

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1Lt.Cdr. Guy Stanley Windeyer, RCN17 Dec 19404 Nov 1942
2T/A/Lt.Cdr. John Richard Kidston, RCNVR5 Nov 194221 Mar 1944
3T/Lt. Arthur Walton, RCNR22 Mar 19446 Aug 1944
4T/A/Lt.Cdr. Mortimer Smith Duffus, RCNVR7 Aug 194415 Sep 1944
5T/Lt. Arthur Walton, RCNR16 Sep 194419 Jun 1945

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Notable events involving Wetaskiwin include:

17 Oct 1941
The Norwegian merchant Barfonn is torpedoed and sunk in the North Atlantic in position 56°58'N, 25°04'W by German U-boat U-432. The Canadian corvette HMCS Wetaskiwin (Lt.Cdr. G.S. Windeyer, RCN) later picks up 24 survivors.

24 Jan 1942
HMCS Wetaskiwin (Lt.Cdr. G.S. Windeyer, RCN) started a refit at Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada.

31 Jul 1942
German U-boat U-588 was sunk in the North Atlantic, in position 49°59'N, 36°36'W, by depth charges from the Canadian corvette HMCS Wetaskiwin (Lt.Cdr. G.S. Windeyer, RCN) and the Canadian destroyer HMCS Skeena (A/Lt.Cdr. D.L. Dyer, RCN).

9 Mar 1943
HMCS Wetaskiwin (A/Lt.Cdr. J.R. Kidston, RCNVR) completed a refit at Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Corvettes of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1939-1945

MacPherson, Ken and Milner, Marc

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