U-boats attacked 22 ships in the St. Lawrence River. Of the 24 Canadian warships lost, 8 were sunk in coastal waters. The Royal Canadian Navy lost 2,300 sailors. The Canadian Merchant Navy lost 71 ships and over 2,200 men and women. The Royal Canadian Air Force lost 700 aircrew.
Over 100 RCN ships engaged in the D-day operation June 6, 1944.
Tribal Class Destroyers
HMCS OTTAWA II
HMCS ST. LAURENT
Armed Merchant Cruisers
HMCS PRINCE DAVID
HMCS PRINCE HENRY
HMCS CAPE BRETON
HMCS PORT COLBORNE
HMCS SAINT JOHN
HMCS LOUISBURG II
HMCS MOOSE JAW
HMCS PORT ARTHUR
8 Motor Torpedo Boats from the 29th Flotilla
9 Motor Torpedo Boats from the 65th Flotilla
11 Infantry Landing Craft from the 260th Flotilla
12 Infantry Landing Craft from the 262nd Flotilla
7 Landing Craft from the 264th Assault Flotilla
8 Landing Craft from the 528th Assault Flotilla
8 Landing Craft from the 529th Assault Flotilla
NAZI MINESWEEPER sunk by Canadian Army tank fire on December 1944 off the Dutch coast.
Members of HMCS UGANDA crew collecting artifacts from the wreck of the German battleship ADMIRAL GRAF SPEE
Route of ADMIRAL GRAF SPEE from 27th of August to the 13th of December 1939.
Battleship ADMIRAL GRAF SPEE was scuttled in the South Atlantic off the coast of Montevideo, Uruguay.
Battleship ADMIRAL GRAF SPEE
5.9 inch gun (secondary armament) from the wreck of the ADMIRAL GRAF SPEE (Alex Bajkov in photo)
Gun director from the wreck of the ADMIRAL GRAF SPEE (Alex Bajkov in photo)
A STORY FROM THE SINKING OF HMCS ATHABASKAN
L. R. Johnston
29 April 1944
HMCS ATHABASKAN was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel.
1 May 1944
Mrs. M. Johnston, mother of Lawrence R. Johnston, AB, RCNVR was sent a telegram stating her son was missing after the sinking of HMCS ATHABASKAN.
3 May 1944
Mrs. Johnston received a letter from Minister of National Defence, Naval Services stating Lawrence R. Johnston, AB, RCNVR was reported missing from HMCS ATHABASKAN and also stated he may have been taken prisoner by German forces.
15 January 1945
Letter from Naval Services stating Lawrence R. Johnston, AB, RCNVR stating no news has been received regarding her son and therefore he is presumed to be dead.
8 June 1950
Mrs. Johnston received a letter from the Naval Service of Canada stating that the body of Lawrence R. Johnston, AB, RCNVR was found buried along the coast of Finistere, France, at Brignogan, Plouescat. France at the time was under German occupation and in most cases all identification was take from the bodies by the Germans. The citizens of the French towns looked after the burials and held funeral services.
It is confirmed from the dental records from HMCS ATHABASKAN that one of the bodies exhumed from those graves was of your son Lawrence R. Johnston, AB, RCNVR. His body is buried in Plot 1, Row B, Grave Number 26 in the Plouescat Civil Cemetery, Plouescat, Finistere, France.