Allied Warships

HMCS Snowberry (K 166)

Corvette of the Flower class

Photo from Imperial War Museum (IWM), FL-5516

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantK 166 
Built byDavie Shipbuilding and Repairing Co. Ltd. (Lauzon, Quebec, Canada) 
Ordered22 Jan 1940 
Laid down24 Feb 1940 
Launched8 Aug 1940 
Commissioned26 Nov 1940 
End service8 Jun 1945 

Fo'c's'le extention at Charleston (South Carolina, U.S.A.) completed on 14 May 1943.

Decommissioned and returned to the Royal Navy on 8 June 1945.
Scrapped at Middlesborough, U.K. in August 1947.

Former nameHMS Snowberry

Commands listed for HMCS Snowberry (K 166)

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1T/Lt. Roy Stanley Kelley, RCNR5 Sep 19405 Feb 1942
2T/A/Lt.Cdr. Philip John Bowin Watts, RCNVR6 Feb 194221 May 1943
3T/Lt. John Barry O'Brien, RCNVR22 May 19439 Nov 1943
4T/Lt. James Alexander Dunn, RCNVR10 Nov 194324 Dec 1943
5T/Lt. John Barry O'Brien, RCNVR25 Dec 194314 Jan 1944
6T/Lt. James Alexander Dunn, RCNVR15 Jan 194430 Apr 1945
7T/Lt. Benjamin Thomas Robert Russell, RCNR1 May 19458 Jun 1945

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Notable events involving Snowberry include:

23 Aug 1943
On the 23th August 1943 the 40th Escort Group (Cdr. Dallison), consisting of the sloops HMS Landguard, HMS Bideford, HMS Hastings and the frigates HMS Exe, HMS Moyola and HMS Waveney were deployed on a U-boat hunt off Cape Ortegal. The whole operation was covered by the British light cruiser HMS Bermuda.

On the 25th August the Canadian 5th Support Group (Cdr. Tweed), consisting of the British frigates HMS Nene, HMS Tweed and the Canadian corvettes HMCS Calgary, HMCS Edmundston and HMCS Snowberry were deployed to relieve the 40th Escort Group. While this was in progress the ships were attacked at 1415 hrs by 14 Dornier Do-217's and 7 Ju-88's. with the new German weapon, the Henschel Glider Bombs, (the "Hs293 A-1"). Designed by the German Professor Herbert Wagner. HMS Landguard and HMS Bideford were the first of the Allied and R.N. ships to be attacked and damaged by them. This being the first time of their being brought into action against Allied ships. Several sailors were injured on HMS Bideford and one sailor was killed.

Another two days later on the 27th August 1943 the Canadian 5th Support group was relieved by the 1st Support group (Cdr. Brewer) consisting of the sloops HMS Pelican, HMS Egret and the frigates HMS Jed, HMS Rother, HMS Spey and HMS Evenlode. Also the covering cruiser HMS Bermuda was relieved by the Canadian destroyer HMCS Athabaskan and the British destroyer HMS Grenville. These ships were also attacked by the Germans. This time with 18 Dornier Do-217?s also carrying Henschel Glider Bombs. HMCS Athabaskan was heavily damaged and HMS Egret was sunk with the loss of 194 of her crew. After this loss the U-boat hunt was blown off.

20 Nov 1943
German U-boat U-536 was sunk in the North Atlantic north-east of the Azores, in position 43°50'N, 19°39'W, by depth charges from the British frigate HMS Nene (Cdr. J.D. Birch, RD, RNR) and the Canadian corvettes HMCS Snowberry (T/Lt. J.A. Dunn, RCNVR) and HMCS Calgary (T/A/Lt.Cdr. H.K. Hill, RCNVR).

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Corvettes of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1939-1945

MacPherson, Ken and Milner, Marc

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