Able Seaman Moyle Haliburton Croft

Message from Joan who wrote this comment a few minutes ago.

Thank you so much for doing all this work of the Athabaskan, my dad was a stoker on the Athabaskan on that fatal morning, his name was Moyle H Croft. also a very heart felt thanks to the people who put together all the information into the Unlucky Lady book, I treasure that book. I still miss my dad.


Here is a picture of my dad

sailor Athabaskan

Moyle Haliburton Croft

Born: 3 July 1912

Place: at First South

Married: 27 September 1939

Place: Rose Bay, Trinity United Church

Rank: Able Seaman, Official Number A-4958, R.C.N.R.



On the CVWM Site

In memory of Able Seaman


who died on April    29, 1944

Military Service:

  • Service Number: A/4958
  • Age: 31
  • Force: Navy
  • Unit: Royal Canadian Navy Reserve
  • Division: H.M.C.S. Athabaskan

No pictures…


5 thoughts on “Able Seaman Moyle Haliburton Croft

    1. This is something to read about him…

      Flight Lieutenant (retired) John Colton, age 89, from Sherbrooke, Que., is a survivor.

      He was only 19 when he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in January 1942, and 20 when he received his wings and went overseas for further training. Flying single-seat Hawker Typhoon fighter-bombers with Number 137 Squadron, Royal Air Force, during the Second World War, he carried out 104 operational sorties. It was an extraordinary feat, considering that Typhoon pilots flew an average of only 17 sorties before being shot down or reported as missing.

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