HMCS Chilliwack (K 131)
Corvette of the Flower class
|Navy||The Royal Canadian Navy|
|Built by||Burrard Dry Dock Co. Ltd. (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)|
|Ordered||14 Feb 1940|
|Laid down||3 Jul 1940|
|Launched||14 Sep 1940|
|Commissioned||8 Apr 1941|
|End service||14 Jul 1945|
Fo'c's'le extended at Dartmouth (Nova Scotia, Canada) on 10 October 1943.
Chilliwack along with HMCS Hamilton and several other Canadian corvettes escorting Convoy HX 280, depth charged to the surface U-744, which was scuttled by her crew. A number of submariners were rescued by Chilliwack before U-744 sunk.
Decommissioned 14 July 1945.
Commands listed for HMCS Chilliwack (K 131)
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|1||T/Lt. Leslie Lewendon Foxall, RCNR||31 Mar 1941||25 May 1943|
|2||T/A/Lt.Cdr. Clifton Rexford Coughlin, RCNVR||26 May 1943||11 Apr 1944|
|3||T/Lt. Douglas Rannie Watson, RCNR||12 Apr 1944||14 Jul 1945|
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Notable events involving Chilliwack include:
22 Mar 1942
HrMs O 10 (Lt. J.H. Geijs, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Lough Foyle together with HMS Reading (Lt.Cdr. D.V. Clift, RN), HMS Richmond (Lt.Cdr. A.F.L. Evans, RN), HMCS Bittersweet (A/Lt.Cdr. J.A. Woods, RCNR) and HMCS Chilliwack (T/Lt. L.L. Foxall, RCNR). (2)
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.
23 Feb 1943
HMCS Chilliwack (T/A/Lt.Cdr. L.L. Foxall, RCNR) picks up 53 survivors from the American merchant Hastings that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-186 in the North Atlantic in position 46°30'N, 36°23'W.
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).
26 Mar 1944
HMS H 50 (T/Lt. A.F. Wicker, RNVR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Chilliwack (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.R. Coughlin, RCNVR), HMCS St. Laurent (Lt.Cdr. G.H. Stephen, OBE, DSC, RCNR), HMCS Halifax (T/Lt. M.F. Oliver, RCNR), HMCS Chaudiere (A/Lt.Cdr. C.P. Nixon, RCN), HMCS Fennel (A/Lt.Cdr. W.P. Moffat, RCNVR), HMCS St. Catharines (T/A/Lt.Cdr. A.F. Pickard, RCNR) and HMCS Morden (T/Lt. E.C. Smith, RCNVR). (3)
2 May 1944
HMS H 28 (Lt. A.S. Melville-Ross, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Morden (T/Lt. E.C. Smith, RCNVR), HMS Fennel (A/Lt.Cdr. W.P. Moffat, RCNVR) and HMCS Chilliwack (T/Lt. D.R. Watson, MBE, RCNR). (4)
18 Jul 1944
HrMs O 15 (Lt. J.B.M.J. Maas, RNN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Kamloops (T/A/Lt.Cdr. D.M. Stewart, RCNR), HMCS Morden (T/Lt. K.B. Culley, RCNVR) and HMCS Chilliwack (T/Lt. D.R. Watson, MBE, RCNR). (5)
- ADM 173/16813
- File 2.12.03.6379 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/18526
- ADM 173/18473
- File 2.12.03.6400 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/19287
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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