Background Events -
reach Germany, Indian Ocean operations, British
inshore & Russian convoy battles continue, US
takes Iwo Jima, British Pacific Fleet in action,
Okinawa invaded, Defeat of Germany
Tuesday, 16 January
PORPOISE (Act/Lt Cdr H B Turner) was
declared lost after failing to return to Trincomalee. The most likely cause
of her loss was an attack by Japanese anti-submarine vessels near Penang after damage by an aircraft.
PORPOISE had laid minefields MLO.24 and MLO.25 in the Malacca Straits earlier
on the 9th. Cdr Turner, Lt
M H M Kennedy, Lt D D G Roberts, Warrant Engineer E A Adams, Ty/Lt V F F
Drew. RNVR, Ty/Lt E O M Taylor RNVR, Ty/Sub Lt C E Trier RNVR, and the entire
crew of sixty six ratings were lost.
Friday, 22 February
TRENTONIAN (Lt C S Glassco RNCVR),
escorting convoy BTC.76 with ML.600, was sunk near Falmouth in the English Channel by U.1004.
Ty/Lt G K Stephen RCNVR and
five ratings were lost, and
95 survivors rescued by ML.600 and another ML from a convoy astern.
Tuesday, 6 March
XE.11 (Lt A Staples, SANF (V)) was
lost in collision with a boom defence vessel laying buoys in Loch Striven.
Lt Staples and the two ratings
were lost, Sub Lt W Morrison
RNVR and the third rating rescued.
Saturday, 17 March
minesweeper GUYSBOROUGH (Lt B T R
Russell RCNR) was sunk by U.878 off
Ushant in the English Channel.
Sub Lt (E) R M Bell-Irving RCNVR, Lt T V Holland RCNVR, Lt
O H Rumpel RCNVR, Ty/Act/Lt R S Slade RCNVR and forty seven ratings were
lost. Thirty seven survivors
were rescued by frigates INGLIS and LORING
Tuesday, 20 March
LAPWING was torpedoed by U.716 off
Kola Inlet. Cdr J A Binnie
Monday, 16 April
ESQUIMALT (Lt R C Macmillan RCNVR), on
independent patrol, was sunk by U.190 near Halifax, five miles off Chebucto
Head. Ty/Lt J R Parker
RCNVR, Ty/Lt J M G Smart RCNVR, Sub Lt B M Whitehead RCNVR, Act/Ty/Warrant
Engineer J E Roberts RCNR, Skipper J O F Bellazzi RCNR and thirty nine
ratings were lost. Twenty
six survivors were rescued by minesweeper SARNIA
Background Events -
Germany surrenders, Battle of
Atlantic ends, Italy taken,
Burma & Okinawa conquered, A-Bombs tested & dropped,
Defeat of Japan.