HMCS Louisburg Redux

I have just received this comment about a post I wrote in 2009…

I WAS A SURVIVOR ON THE LOUISBURG, WAS QUARTER MASTER AND WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF THERE ARE ANY LOUISBURG MEN ALIVE STILL AS I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM THEM AS I AM NOW 91 GETTING ON A BIT BUT STILL A PROUD SAILOR.

ERNIE PAIN CORNWALL ONTARIO

THANK YOU.

You can contact me and I will contact Ernie Pain.

ORIGINAL POST

I had received this comment on my blog Souvenirs de guerre…

Someone had written this comment:

My father, who survived the sinking of HMCS Louisbourg in the Mediterrean  in 1943, did not have very happy memories of the contemptuous and injust way Quebec sailors were treated on their ships and even after the war.

My father sustained an injury to his backbone, and his lungs were affected by toxic fumes caused by the fire on board the ship. This French-Canadian who was decorated never received a war veteran pension and we had to live in poverty until we settled in Sept-Îles during the industrial and housing boom of the town.

My father was even sent to the brig in Gibraltar because he defended himself against a Canadian who was constantly insulting him and other francophone crew members!!!

My father died in 1973.

This person never wrote back.

I went on sailing on Google and found a lot of pictures.

Here are a few…


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HMCS Louisburg…

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This how it was called, HMCS Louisburg and not Louisbourg.

Here is a painting I also caught in a net on the Net…299357616_b-hmcs-louisburg-a-memorial

This is a list of sailors who died.

Flower Class Corvette
Builder: Morton Engineering and Dry Dock, Quebec City PQ
Commissioned: 2 Oct 1941
Fate: Torpedoed off Oran 6 Feb 1943
Casualties: 2 officers, 35 ratings, 5 RN

The Casualty Roll
AB ALDRED L. V 22924 RCNVR ONT,TORONTO
STO 1 ANDERSON A.F. V 14692 RCNVR BC,VANCOUVER
L/SIG ANDERSON C.F. V 8276 RCNVR ONT,HAMILTON
OS ANNABLE G.C. V 33367 RCNVR QUE,MONTREAL
AB BANKS M.A. A 4891 RCNR BC,VANCOUVER
AB BENJAMIN S. V 2320 RCNVR NB,ST JOHN
AB BETTESS E. V 24438 RCNVR MAN,WINNIPEG
L/CDR CAMPBELL W.F. O 11898 RCNVR SASK,SASKATOON
STO 1 COURNOYER R. V 4453 RCNVR QUE,MONTREAL
ERA 4 FORREST G.A.C. V 33125 RCNVR QUE,MONTREAL
ERA 4 GARDEN R.V. V 25691 RCNVR NS,ENFIELD
OS GAUVIN J.M.R. V 35564 RCNVR QUE,MONTREAL
TEL GILBERT W.M. V 13821 RCNVR ALTA,CALGARY
AB GRAVES C.S. A 1369 RCNR NS,NEW GLASGOW
AB GRIFFIN E.F. V 22559 RCNVR ONT,TORONTO
AB HALL J. V 18600 RCNVR ONT,BELLEVILLE
AB LEWIS W.E. V 1595 RCNVR PEI,ALBERTON
STO 1 MacGREGOR D. V 19596 RCNVR ONT,WINDSOR
SIG MacLEOD G.I. V 319 RCNVR NS,SYDNEY
STO 1 MacPHAIL S.J. V 456 RCNVR NS,PICTOU
CODER MacPHAIL J.A. V 1588 RCNVR PEI,QUEENS CO
AB McCLELLAN J.F. 4612 RCN SASK,MOOSE JAW
LS MacDONALD D.M. V 6251 RCNVR ONT,OTTAWA
AB McDONALD R.J. V 11491 RCNVR SASK,SASKATOON
CERA McNEILL D. V 23718 RCNVR QUE,VERDUN
CODER MERRYWEATHER H. V 12751 RCNVR ALTA,EDMONTON
OS MORIN J.G.E.V. V 3985 RCNVR QUE,LEVIS
O/TEL NINIAN T.M. V 13776 RCNVR ALTA,CALGARY
SIG PATERSON R.L. V 24617 RCNVR MAN,WINNIPEG
STO 2 RICE S.N. V 31943 RCNVR ONT,TORONTO
TEL ROBINSON E. V 22987 RCNVR ONT,TORONTO
PO TEL SMITH A.J. V 9368 RCNVR MAN,WINNIPEG
L/S STEVENSON J.C.R. V 5282 RCNVR NS,HALIFAX
AB TANNER J.A. V 22913 RCNVR ONT,SAULT STE MARIE
AB VIKSTROM J.R. V 33099 RCNVR QUE,MONTREAL
STO WATSON N.R. V 9654 RCNVR MAN,WINNIPEG
LT WILSON E. O 78775 RCNR ONT,OTTAWA

The HMCS Louisbourg was part of the Flower class.


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HMCS Levis


It was built by Morton Engineering and Dry Dock, in Québec. It was commissioned on October 2, 1941.
The Louisbourg was torpedoed off the coast of Oran on February 6, 1943.

D.E.M.S. Redux

This is Jean-Denis Ledoux’s service record.

Jean Denis Ledoux 003 Jean Denis Ledoux 004

Jean Denis Ledoux 005 Jean Denis Ledoux 006 Jean Denis Ledoux 007 Jean Denis Ledoux 008

Jean Denis Ledoux 009 Jean Denis Ledoux 010

Now we can see on what kind of ships he served.

cliffspointpleasantparkThis photo of the Defensively- Armed-Merchant Ship S.S. Point Pleasant Park, is taken from The Unknown Navy: Canada’s World War II Merchant Navy by Robert G. Halford. (source)

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There is not many information on those ships. Click here.

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We see in this picture Louis Ledoux’s brother.

Jean Denis Ledoux is the sailor in the middle of the first row. He is among friends who are also sailors.

This picture would have been taken in 1943, maybe in Montreal in Lafontaine Park. Jean-Denis Ledoux lived in Montréal.

Réjean Ledoux is the one who posted this picture with others on the Veterans’s site. He is Jean-Denis Ledoux’s son. He told me his father was a gunner aboard a merchant ship.

That’s all he knows… for now.

This is another picture of Jean-Denis Ledoux.

Jean Denis Ledoux

With this is mind, I went on the Internet to find more about those armed merchant ship.

This is what I found on the Internet… but I found much much more. But as an introduction, we will start with this.

They called those ships D.E.M.S or Defensively-equipped merchant ships.

This is the link… Click here.

This is a badge worn by sailors who belonged to this service.

Now look at Jean-Denis’ friend… and a close-up of his uniform…

So what… I’ve nothing to hide…

Déjà vu…?

AXIS – spies and saboteurs

Great post again…

Pacific Paratrooper

If the Allied powers had their spies lurking around behind the front lines, you can be sure the enemy was doing the same. Once again, you will find that I have certainly missed some of them and I am counting on you out there to fill in the blanks.

Takeo Yoshikawa began his career in intelligence in 1937 and became an expert on the U.S. Navy. He even received a thank you letter from Adolph Hitler after he informed the Germans of a 17 troop transport convoy that left Freetown and was en route to England; many of these ships were destroyed. On Hawaii, under the name Tadashi Morimura, he rented private planes and observed the U.S. installations on the islands. He would then transmit this data to Tokyo in PURPLE code; the U.S. did intercept these messages – but deemed them unimportant. When he heard the code, “East wind…

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Old 666

From a message sent by Jim L’Esperance.

Had to pass this on.

Jim

 Click here…

Wikipedia info

Old 666, B-17E 41-2666 was a World War II B-17 Flying Fortress Bomber which was assigned to the United States’ 43rd Bomb Group in 1943 and was the aircraft piloted by Lt. Col. (then Captain) Jay Zeamer on the mission that would earn him and 2d Lt. Joseph Sarnoski each a Medal of Honor, and every other member of the crew a Distinguished Service Cross.

More here.

Website dedicated to these airmen.

Jay Zeamer’s obituary

Mainland Attacks – East Coast

Another great post

Pacific Paratrooper

The photograph above is the German U-boat U-215, first discovered in July 2004 off of Nova Scotia, Canada’s southern coast. This boat was credited with sinking the USS ‘Alexander Macomb.’ From 1939 until V-E Day, Canada’s Atlantic coast ports were extremely important to the resupply effort for the United Kingdom and later for the combined Allied offensive. There were frequent attacks by the German U-boats on the departing ships, especially after the United States entered the war. The submarines started battling along the east coast and the gulf from early 1942 through to the end of the shipping season of 1944. The American coast was an easy target for the enemy U-boats after Germany declared war on the U.S. Until the blackouts were enforced in May 1942, shipping vessels were silhouetted against such major towns as Atlantic City. This caused 348 ships to be sunk from February to May; with…

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