Old 01-21-2007, 05:06 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, 05:16 PM   #2
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A handfull... maybe 3-5?
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Old 06-04-2007, 10:06 PM   #3
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Ya I would about that many.
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Old 06-15-2007, 02:49 PM   #4
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Atleast one: U-215
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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, 02:47 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, 08:29 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, 08:40 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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