HMCS Kootenay (H 75)
Destroyer of the D class
|Navy||The Royal Canadian Navy|
|Built by||Thornycroft (Southampton, U.K.)|
|Laid down||25 Jun 1931|
|Launched||7 Jun 1932|
|Commissioned||12 Apr 1943|
|End service||26 Oct 1945|
Transferred from the Royal Navy on 12 April 1943.
|Former name||HMS Decoy|
Commands listed for HMCS Kootenay (H 75)
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|1||A/Lt.Cdr. Kenneth Lloyd Dyer, DSC, RCN||14 Apr 1943||28 Mar 1944|
|2||A/Lt.Cdr. William Herbert Willson, RCN||29 Mar 1944||26 Oct 1945|
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Notable events involving Kootenay include:
22 May 1943
HMCS Kootenay (A/Lt.Cdr. K.L. Dyer, RCN) picks up 19 survivors from the Norwegian tanker Sandanger that was torpedoed and sunk on 12 May 1943 in the North Atlantic in position 46°00'N, 21°00'W by German U-boat U-221.
23 Aug 1943
HMS H 28 (Lt. E.C. Croswell, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Ottawa (Cdr. H.F. Pullen, OBE, RCN), HMCS Kootenay (A/Lt.Cdr. K.L. Dyer, DSC, RCN) and HMCS Kitchener (T/A/Lt.Cdr. W. Evans, RCNVR). (1)
7 Jul 1944
German U-boat U-678 was sunk in the English Channel south-west of Brighton, in position 50°32'N, 00°23'W, by depth charges from the Canadian destroyers HMCS Ottawa, HMCS Kootenay and the British corvette HMS Statice.
18 Aug 1944
German U-boat U-621 was sunk in the Bay of Biscay near La Rochelle, in position 45°52'N, 02°36'W, by depth charges from the Canadian destroyers HMCS Ottawa (Cdr. J.D. Prentice, DSO, RCN), HMCS Kootenay (A/Lt.Cdr. W.H. Willson, RCN) and HMCS Chaudiere (A/Lt.Cdr. C.P. Nixon, RCN).
20 Aug 1944
The depth charge attacks made by the Canadian destroyers HMCS Ottawa (Cdr. J.D. Prentice, DSO, RCN), HMCS Kootenay (A/Lt.Cdr. W.H. Willson, RCN) and HMCS Chaudiere (A/Lt.Cdr. C.P. Nixon, RCN) in the Bay of Biscay west of Brest, in position 48°16'N, 05°33'W, were earlier credited with the destruction of the German U-boat U-984, but were carried out against a nonsub target.
- ADM 173/17761
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.