Allied Warships

HMCS Brandon (K 149)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
TypeCorvette
ClassFlower 
PennantK 149 
Built byDavie Shipbuilding and Repairing Co. Ltd. (Lauzon, Quebec, Canada) 
Ordered22 Jan 1940 
Laid down10 Oct 1940 
Launched29 Apr 1941 
Commissioned22 Jul 1941 
End service22 Jun 1945 
History

Fo'c's'le extention at the New York Navy Yard (New York, New York, U.S.A.) completed on 4 March 1944.

Decommissioned on 22 June 1945.
Sold on 5 October 1945.

 

Commands listed for HMCS Brandon (K 149)

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CommanderFromTo
1T/Lt. John Caldecott Littler, RCNR3 Jun 194119 Aug 1942
2T/Lt. Rendell James Godschal Johnson, RCNVR20 Aug 194220 Sep 1942
3T/Lt. John Caldecott Littler, RCNR21 Sep 194224 Nov 1942
4T/Lt. Herbert Evans McArthur, RCNVR25 Nov 194225 May 1944
5T/Lt. John Forbes Evans, RCNVR26 May 194426 Apr 1945
6T/Lt. Philip Joseph Lawrence, RCNR27 Apr 194522 Jun 1945

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Notable events involving Brandon include:


21 Apr 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Assiniboine (A/Lt.Cdr. J.H. Stubbs, RCN), HMCS Fennel (T/Lt. J.M. Gillison, RCNR), HMS Dianthus (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C.E. Bridgman, RNR), HMCS Brandon (T/Lt. J.C. Littler, RCNR) and HMS Winchelsea (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Gregorie, RNR). (1)

28 Jul 1942
HMCS Brandon (Lt. J.C. Littler, RCNR) picks up 45 men of the British merchant Broompark that was torpedoed and damaged on 25 July 1942 by German U-boat U-552 east of Newfoundland, Canada in position 49°02'N, 40°26'W.

The Broompark finally sank at 0600 hours on 28 July 1942 while under tow of the USN tug USS Cherokee in position 47°41'N, 51°50'W.

4 Sep 1942
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.R. Drummond, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Amherst (T/Lt. H.G. Denyer, RCNR), HMCS St. Croix (A/Lt.Cdr. A.H. Dobson, DSC, RCNR), HMCS Ottawa (A/Lt.Cdr. C.A. Rutherford, RCN), HMCS Sherbrooke (T/Lt. J.A.M. Levesque, RCNR), HMCS Arvida (T/Lt. A.I. MacKay, RCNR) and HMCS Brandon (T/Lt. R.J.G. Johnson, RCNVR). (2)

8 Sep 1942
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.R. Drummond, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Brandon (T/Lt. R.J.G. Johnson, RCNVR). (2)

10 Sep 1942
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.R. Drummond, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HNoMS Molde, HMCS Dauphin (T/Lt. R.A.S. MacNeil, RCNR) and HMCS Brandon (T/Lt. R.J.G. Johnson, RCNVR). (2)

11 Sep 1942
HMS H 32 (Lt. J.R. Drummond, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Dauphin (T/Lt. R.A.S. MacNeil, RCNR), HMCS Brandon (T/Lt. R.J.G. Johnson, RCNVR), HMCS Drumheller (A/Cdr. G.H. Griffiths, RCN) and Morden (T/Lt. J.J. Hodgkinson, RCNR). (2)

5 Apr 1943
HMS H 34 (Lt. J.P. Angell, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Collingwood (Lt. D.W. Groos, RCN), HMCS Brandon (T/Lt. H.E. McArthur, RCNVR), HMS Churchill (Cdr.(Retd.) P.J. Fitzgerald, RN), HMCS Amherst (T/A/Lt.Cdr. L. de la C. Audette, RCNVR), HMS Landguard (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) T.S.L. Fox-Pitt, RN) and HMS Starwort (Lt. A.H. Kent, RNR). (3)

1 Jul 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. C.W. Taylor, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Hotspur (Cdr. A.M. McKillop, RN), HMCS Brandon (T/Lt. H.E. McArthur, RCNVR), HMS Borage (T/Lt.Cdr. A. Harrison, RNR), HMS Dahlia (T/Lt. M.S. Work, RNR), HMS Lagan (Lt.Cdr. A. Ayre, RNR), HMCS Kamloops (T/Lt. D.M. Stewart, RCNR) and HMS Primrose (T/Lt. P.E. Kitto, RNR). (4)

28 Oct 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Brandon (T/Lt. H.E. McArthur, RCNVR). (5)

25 Feb 1944
HrMs O 9 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMCS Brandon (T/Lt. H.E. McArthur, RCNVR) and HMS Campanula (T/Lt. I. Bull, RNVR). (6)

26 Feb 1944
HMS H 34 (Lt. R.L. Jay, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Brandon (T/Lt. H.E. McArthur, RCNVR), HMCS Trillium (T/Lt. P.C. Evans, RCNR) and HMCS Woodstock (T/Lt. C.E. Wright, RCNVR). (7)

10 May 1944
HMS H 50 (T/Lt. A.F. Wicker, RNVR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with (at least) HMCS Brandon (T/Lt. H.E. McArthur, RCNVR). (8)

11 May 1944
HMS H 50 (T/Lt. A.F. Wicker, RNVR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with (at least) HMCS Brandon (T/Lt. H.E. McArthur, RCNVR). (8)

1 Jan 1945
HMS Upright (Lt. J.A.L. Wilkinson, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Bermuda with HMCS Brandon (T/Lt. E.F. Evans, RCNVR) and HMCS Trail (T/Lt. D.J. Lawson, RCNVR). (9)

4 Jan 1945
HMS Upright (Lt. J.A.L. Wilkinson, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Bermuda with HMCS Victoriaville (A/Lt.Cdr. L.A. Hickey, RCNR) and HMCS Brandon (T/Lt. E.F. Evans, RCNVR). (9)

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Corvettes of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1939-1945

MacPherson, Ken and Milner, Marc

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17248
  2. ADM 173/17217
  3. ADM 173/17793
  4. ADM 173/17926
  5. ADM 173/17787
  6. File 2.12.03.6372 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  7. ADM 173/18492
  8. ADM 173/18528
  9. ADM 173/20174

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


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