HMCS Battleford (K 165)
Corvette of the Flower class
|Navy||The Royal Canadian Navy|
|Built by||Collingwood Shipyards Ltd. (Collingwood, Ontario, Canada)|
|Ordered||1 Feb 1940|
|Laid down||30 Sep 1940|
|Launched||15 Apr 1941|
|Commissioned||31 Jul 1941|
|End service||18 Jul 1945|
Fo'c's'le extention at Sydney (Nova Scotia, Canada) completed on 31 July 1944.
Decomissioned 18 July 1945.
Commands listed for HMCS Battleford (K 165)
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|1||T/Lt. Roland Joel Roberts, RCNR||31 Jul 1941||5 Oct 1942|
|2||T/Lt. Frederick Allen Beck, RCNVR||6 Oct 1942||5 Jul 1943|
|3||T/Lt.Cdr. Alan Herbert Easton, DSC, RCNR||6 Jul 1943||20 Aug 1943|
|4||T/A/Lt.Cdr. Frederick Allen Beck, RCNVR||1 Sep 1943||7 May 1944|
|5||T/Lt. Hugh Hathaway Turnbull, RCNVR||8 May 1944||19 Jun 1944|
|6||T/Lt. Phillipe Albert Langlois, RCNVR||20 Jun 1944||23 May 1945|
|7||T/Lt. Francis Dudley Wickett, RCNVR||24 May 1945||18 Jul 1945|
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Notable events involving Battleford include:
8 Aug 1942
HMCS Battleford (T/Lt. R.J. Roberts, RCNVR) picks up 46 survivors from the American merchant Kaimoku and 17 survivors from the British merchant Anneberg that were both torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-379 in the North Atlantic in position 56°30'N, 32°14'W.
HMCS Battleford also picks up 41 survivors from the British merchant Kelso that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-176 in the North Atlantic southeast of Cape Farewell in position 56°30'N, 32°14'W.
9 Aug 1942
HMCS Battleford (T/Lt. R.J. Roberts, RCNVR) picks up 40 survivors from the British merchant Radchurch that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-176 in the North Atlantic in position 56°15'N, 32°00'W.
27 Dec 1942
German U-boat U-356 was sunk in the North Atlantic north of the Azores, in position 45°30'N, 25°40'W, by depth charges from the Canadian destroyer HMCS St. Laurent (A/Cdr. G.S. Windeyer, RCN) and the Canadian corvettes HMCS Chilliwack (T/A/Lt.Cdr. L.L. Foxall, RCNR), HMCS Battleford (T/Lt. F.A. Beck, RCNVR) and HMCS Napanee (T/Lt. S. Henderson, RCNR). HMCS Napanee also picks up 25 survivors from the British merchant King Edward that was one of U-356's last victims.
HMCS Napanee also picks up 18 survivors from the Dutch merchant Soekaboemi that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-356. The damaged Soekaboemi was later sunk by U-441.
28 Mar 1943
HMS H 44 (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Erne (Lt.Cdr. E.D.J. Abbot, DSC, RN), HMS Clare (Lt.Cdr. J.P. Stewart, DSC, RD, RNR), HMCS Shediac (Lt. J.O. Every-Clayton, RCNR), HMCS St. Laurent (Lt.Cdr. G.H. Stephen, OBE, DSC, RCNR), HMCS Kenogami (T/Lt. J.L. Percy, RCNVR) and HMCS Battleford (T/Lt. F.A. Beck, RCNVR). (1)
29 Mar 1943
HMS H 44 (Lt. P.S. Beale, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS St. Croix (A/Lt.Cdr. A.H. Dobson, DSC, RCNR), HMCS Battleford (T/Lt. F.A. Beck, RCNVR), HMS Itchen (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.E. Bridgman, DSO, RNR) and HMS Keppel (Lt.Cdr. R.B.S. Tennant, RN). (1)
- ADM 173/17814
- ADM 199/1830
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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