Old 01-21-2007, 04:06 PM   #1
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Does anyone know how many u boats were sunk in Canadian waters?
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Old 01-21-2007, 04:16 PM   #2
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A handfull... maybe 3-5?
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Old 06-04-2007, 09:06 PM   #3
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Ya I would about that many.
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Old 06-15-2007, 01:49 PM   #4
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Atleast one: U-215
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Old 06-01-2008, 11:23 AM   #5
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Actually the Nazis operated U boats in the St Lawrence river, east of Quebec city, and attacked individual ships on the surface at night, using their deck guns, to conserve torpedoes.

This had the effect of drawing badly needed escort ships fom the convoys that were leaving from Halifax to cross the Atlantic. The St Lawrence was a hard place to do ASDIC scans, to try to locate U boats, due to the mixing of fresh and salt water. This created layers of reflective water, that decreased their effectiveness. A further problem was the current and fluctuating tidal bores, near the Gulf of St Lawrence opening. A number of RCN ships were based along the north coast of the Gaspe penninsula, to do convoy protection patrols.

A large number of mechant ships were sunk IN the St Lawrence, by U boats. Also included in that number were some RCN ships. So yes , the St Lawrence river and Gulf were very much a battleground in WW2.

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Old 10-26-2012, 01:47 AM   #6
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U-656 - Sunk 1 March, 1942 in the North Atlantic south of Cape Race, in position 46.15N, 53.15W, by depth charges from a US Hudson aircraft (Sqdn VP 82). 45 dead (all hands lost).

U-548 - Sunk on 19 April, 1945 in the North Atlantic south-east of Halifax, in position 42.19N, 61.45W by depth charges from the American destroyer escorts USS Reuben James and USS Buckley. 58 dead (all hands lost).

U-215 - Sunk 3 July, 1942 in the North Atlantic east of Boston, USA in position 41.48N, 66.38W by depth charges from the British anti-submarine trawler HMS Le Tiger. 48 dead (all hands lost).

I am not sure if the first 2 were technically in Canadian waters but close to Canada, but U-215 was IN Canadian waters (the wreck has been explored)

And 20 U Boats were sunk just off the US coast.

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Old 10-27-2012, 07:29 PM   #7
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U-190 Type IXC-40 surrended in Canadian waters, Bay Bulls, Newfoundland

U-889 Type IXC-40 surrended in Canadian waters, Shelfourne, NS
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Old 10-27-2012, 07:40 PM   #8
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27 U-boat kills credited to the RCN between 1939 and 1945, 20 occurred east of the 35th meridian of longitude and 17 of those took place after November 20, 1943.

The following U-boats were sunk by the Canadian Navy either on its own or in cooperation with other allied escorts (*) or aircraft (+). These successes did come at a price as 15 RCN ships were sunk and 4 more damaged beyond repair by the U-boats.

1941
U-501,

1942
U-90, U-588, U-210, U-94 +, U-756, U-356,

1943
U-224, U-87, U-163, U-753 + *, U-536 *,

1944
U-757 *, U-257 *, U-744 *, U-845 *, U-575 + *, U-448 *, U-311,
U-971 + *, U-678 *, U-621, U-984, U-247, U-1006, U-877, U-322,

1945
U-309, U-1302, U-1003,

In addition the RCN sank 3 Italian submarines (Faa Di Bruno, Tritone and Avorio).




Royal Canadian Navy Losses to U-boats

Date
U-Boat
Ship
Type

7 Sep 1942
U-165
HMCS Raccoon
Armed Yacht

19 Sep 1941
U-74
HMCS Levis (K 115)
corvette

11 Feb 1942
U-136
HMCS Spikenard (K 198)
corvette

11 Sep 1942
U-517
HMCS Charlottetown (K 244)
corvette

22 Feb 1943
U-118
HMCS Weyburn (K 173)
corvette

8 Aug 1944
U-667
HMCS Regina (K 234)
corvette

21 Aug 1944
U-480
HMCS Alberni (K 103)
corvette

25 Nov 1944
U-1228
HMCS Shawinigan (K 136)
corvette

22 Feb 1945
U-1004
HMCS Trentonian (K 368)
corvette

14 Sep 1942
U-91
HMCS Ottawa (H 60)
destroyer

20 Sep 1943
U-305
HMCS St. Croix (I 81)
destroyer

24 Dec 1944
U-806
HMCS Clayoquot (J 174)
Fleet minesweeper

17 Mar 1945
U-868
HMCS Guysborough (J 52)
Fleet minesweeper

16 Apr 1945
U-190
HMCS Esquimalt (J 272)
Fleet minesweeper

7 May 1944
U-548
HMCS Valleyfield (K 329)
frigate

4 Oct 1944
U-1227
HMCS Chebogue (K 317)
frigate

total loss

14 Oct 1944
U-1223
HMCS Magog (K 673)
frigate
total loss

29 Mar 1945
U-315
HMCS Teme (K 458)
frigate
total loss

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In addition U-Boats damaged or sunk by RCAF or with their assistance.

1942

31 Jul 42: Lockheed Hudson Mk IIIA, RCAF s/n BW625 of No. 113 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron based at Yarmouth, Nova Scotia flown by Squadron Leader N.E. Small and crew, sank U-754 southeast of Cape Sable, Nova Scotia at 43-02N 64-52W.

30 Oct 42: Douglas Digby, RCAF s/n 747, aircraft “Z” of No. 10 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron based at Gander, Newfoundland flown by Flight Lieutenant D.F. Raymes and crew, sank U-520 with four 250-pound (113.4 kg) depth charges at 47-47N 49-50W. The aircraft was returning from patrol of convoy ON140 when it spotted the U-boat.

1943

4 May 43: Consolidated Canso A, RCAF s/n 9747, aircraft “A” of No. 5 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron based at Gander, Newfoundland flown by Squadron Leader B.H. Moffit and crew, sank U-630 at 56-38N 42-32W while on a close convoy patrol.
This attack has now been revised.
U-209 was severly damaged in this attack.

12 May 43: Short Sunderland Mk III, RAF s/n W6006, aircraft “3-G” of No. 423 (General Reconnaissance) Squadron based at Castle Archdale, County Fermanagh, Ireland with Flight Lieutenant J. Musgrave and crew shared the sinking of U-456 with two destroyers, HMCS Drumheller and HMS Lagan, at 48-37N 22-39W. The aircraft was providing escort to Convoy HX-237.
This attack has now been revised.
U-753 was sunk in this attack.

4 Aug 43: Short Sunderland Mk III, RAF s/n DD859, aircraft “3-G” of No. 423 (General Reconnaissance) Squadron based at Castle Archdale, County Fermanagh, Ireland with Flying Officer A.A. Bishop and crew sank U-489 at 61-11N 14-38W. AA fire from the U-boat shot the aircraft down and five of the 11-man crew were lost; the other six, all wounded, were rescued by a destroyer along with 23 survivors of the U-boat.

6/7 Sep 43: Vickers Wellington Mk XII(L/L), RAF s/n HF115, aircraft “C1-W” of No. 407 (General Reconnaissance) Squadron based at Chivenor, Devon, England flown by Pilot Officer E.M. O’Donnell and crew, sank U-669 in the Bay of Biscay at 45-36N 10-13W

This attack has now been revised.
U-584 escaped undamaged from this attack.

19 Sep 43: Consolidated Liberator Mk III, RCAF s/n 586, aircraft “A” of No. 10 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron based at Gander, Newfoundland flown by Flight Lieutenant R.F. Fisher and crew, sank U-341 at 58-40N 25-30W. The aircraft was returned to Gander from Iceland after escorting Prime Minister Winston Churchill in HMS Renown from the Quebec Conference.

8 Oct 43: Short Sunderland Mk III, RAF s/n DD863, aircraft “3-J” of No. 423 (General Reconnaissance) Squadron based at Castle Archdale, County Fermanagh, Ireland with Flying Officer A.H. Russell and crew sank U-610 at 55-45N 24-33W. The aircraft was escorting Convoy SC-143.

26 Oct 43: Consolidated Liberator Mk III, RCAF s/n 586, aircraft “A” of No. 10 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron based at Gander, Newfoundland flown by Flight Lieutenant R.M. Aldwinkle and crew, sank U-420 at 50-49N 41-0W after an hour-long engagement. The aircraft had been on convoy escort when the U-boat was sighted.

This attack has now been revised. U-91 was slightly damaged in this attack.

1944

10/11 Feb 44: Vickers Wellington Mk XII(L/L), RAF s/n MP578, aircraft “C1-D” of No. 407 (General Reconnaissance) Squadron based at Limavady, County Derry, Ireland with Flying Officer P.W. Heron and crew, sank U-283 at 60-45N 12-50W while providing convoy cover.

22 Feb 44: Consolidated Canso A, RCAF s/n 9841, aircraft “S” of No. 162 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron based at Reykjavik, Iceland with Flying Officer C. C. Cunningham and crew, attacked and damaged a German U-boat (U-550).

10 Mar 44: Short Sunderland Mk III, RAF s/n EK591, aircraft “2-U” of No. 422 (General Reconnaissance) Squadron based at St. Angelo, County Fermanagh, Ireland with Warrant Officer 2nd Class W.F. Morton and crew, sank U-625 at 52-53N 20-19W. The was W/O Morton’s first operational mission as an aircraft commander.

17 Apr 44: Consolidated Canso A, RCAF s/n 9767, aircraft “S” of No. 162 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron based at Reykjavik, Iceland with Flying Officer T.C. Cooke and crew, sank U-342 at 60-23N 29-20W.

24 Apr 44: Short Sunderland Mk III, RAF s/n DD862, aircraft “AB-A” of No. 423 (General Reconnaissance) Squadron based at Castle Archdale, County Fermanagh, Ireland with Flight Lieutenant F.G. Fellows and crew sank U-311 at 50-36N 18-36W.
This attack has now been revised.
U-672 was heavily damaged in this attack.

3/4 May 44: Vickers Wellington Mk XIV(L/L), RAF s/n HF134, aircraft “C1-M”of No. 407 (General Reconnaissance) Squadron based at Chivenor, Devon, England with Flying Officer L.J. Bateman and crew sank U-846 in the Bay of Biscay at 46-04N 09-20W.

3 Jun 44: Consolidated Canso A, RCAF s/n 9816, aircraft “T” of No. 162 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron operating from Wick, Scotland with Flight Lieutenant R.E. MacBride and crew, sank U-477 at 63-59N 01-37E in the face of intense AA fire from the U-boat.

11 Jun 44: Consolidated Canso A, RCAF s/n 9842, aircraft “B” of No. 162 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron operating from Wick, Scotland with Flying Office L. Sherman and crew, sank U-980 at 63-07N 00-26E.

13 Jun 44: Consolidated Canso A, RCAF s/n 9816, aircraft “T” of No. 162 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron operating from Wick, Scotland with Wing Commander C.G.W. Chapman and crew, sank U-715 at 62-45N 02-59W. As a result of AA fire from the U-boat, the Canso had to ditch and the crew spent nine-hours in the water; one crewman drowned.

24 Jun 44: Consolidated Canso A, RCAF s/n 9754, aircraft “P” of No. 162 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron operating from Wick, Scotland with Flight Lieutenant D.E. Hornell and crew, sank U-1225 at 63-00N 00-50W. As a result of AA fire from the U-boat, the Canso had to ditch and the crew spent 21-hours in the water with one dinghy. Two members died before they were rescued. Flight Lieutenant Hornell died shortly after rescue and was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for inspiring leadership, valor and devotion to duty.

30 Jun 44: Consolidated Canso A, RCAF s/n 9841, aircraft “A” of No. 162 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron operating from Wick, Scotland with Flight Lieutenant R.E. MacBride and crew, damaged U-478 at 63-27N 00-50W; the U-boat was subsequently sunk by a Consolidated Liberator Mk V of No. 86 (RAF) Squadron based at Tain, Scotland.

4 Aug 44: Consolidated Canso A, RCAF s/n 9759, aircraft “W” of No. 162 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron operating from Wick, Scotland with Flying Officer W.O. Marshall and crew, damaged U-300.

11 Sep 44: Short Sunderland Mk III, RAF s/n ML825, aircraft “AB-D” of No. 423 (General Reconnaissance) Squadron based at Castle Archdale, County Fermanagh, Ireland with Flying Officer J.N. Farren and crew joined HMCS Dunver and HMCS Hespeler in sinking U-484 at 56-51N 08-04W.

29/30 Dec 44: Vickers Wellington Mk XIV(L/L), RAF s/n NB855, aircraft “C1-L”of No. 407 (General Reconnaissance) Squadron based at Chivenor, Devon, England with Squadron Leader C.I.W. Taylor and crew sank U-772 in the English Channel at 50-05N 02-31W.

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