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Corvettes Canada: Convoy Veterans of WWII Tell Their True Stories

by Johnston, Mac

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Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1994 FINE/FINE First Edition. No markings of any kind, no wear to boards, binding or pages. Crisp & clean. Unclipped DJ is nearly perfect. Looks and feels unhandled. 6.5" x 9.25", 310 pages, maps, index, illustrated with 3 sections of glossy b&w photos. Personal narratives from veterans of Canada's 123 Corvettes that sailed in the Second World War. Includes many stories of battles between the Corvette Navy and German U-Boats off the east coast of Canada and the USA in the North Atlantic Ocean - and service in the English Channel, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and Pacific. A very entertaining and informative book in superb condition. . Hard Cover.

The Canadian escort group C 2 was comprised of the RCN destroyers Gatineau and Chaudiere, the frigate St. Catharines, the Corvettes Chilliwack and Fennel, and the RN destroyer Icarus. these six and the RN corvette Kenilworth castle combined to sing U-744 in the North Atlantic in a prolonged drama on March 5 and 6, 1944. At 32 hours, this the second-longest successful hunt of the war. Chilliwack able seaman Ralph Chartrand recalls the action: When the sub started to surface, everything that could shoot went into action and we fired all we could. While the crew of U-744 was jumping out of the conning tower, St. Catharines was closing in, but our captain outmanoeuvred Chilliwack in front to make sure that this was our sub. He gave the order "Prepare to ram," but soon the sub was empty, so we didn't ram. We lowered a lifeboat with a boarding party and they proceeded to U-744. While the lifeboat was tied to the sub, some members boarded the sub. then a big wa...




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