HMCS Athabaskan revisited

At first this blog was about a Canadian destroyer I had never heard about.

HMCS Athabaskan

Then it was about how some sailors were rescued when the ship was torpedoed and a few were rescued by HMCS Haida.

Athabaskan sinking 1944

In July 2009, my wife’s uncle said in a family reunion that he was among them.

Haida with survivors

That’s almost all he said about his ordeal adding he was a stoker.

Then relatives of sailors who were aboard HMCS Athabaskan on that faithful night started to contact me. Some were the sons of sailors taken prisoners, and they had photos to share.

athab 2

One relative was Jim L’Esperance’s son who has shared all he had about his father. He had these two pictures of the sailors who were taken prisoners.


prisoners 1

It will be hard to identify who is who until more people find this blog except for Gérard Tourangeau (6) and Jim L’Esperance (1).

marin Tourangeau

Gérard Tourangeau

To be continued later after I approve this comment…

The Mystery of AB William Dearl Trickett, Stoker (1st Class), HMCS Athabaskan G07
I thought you might be interested in a little project I’m working on especially in the light of the 75th anniversary of the sinking of G07 next year on Apr 29, 2019. Also, I’m trying to track down more information on my Great Uncle and the possible whereabouts of his missing Wartime Logbook.

15 thoughts on “HMCS Athabaskan revisited

  1. My dad was a pow on this boat. His name is donald wilson newman. He was a gubner on this ship. He helped with the book unlucky lady . i would love to connect with anyone who wants information.

  2. Please take a look at the attached link and let me know in your opinion if the newspaper photo of William Trickett (bottom right) corresponds with one of the numbered men in your last photo. I think it looks like one of them but I want your opinion first just to see if we both think we’re seeing the same man.

    1. Well, your guess, my guess and my parents who actually knew Uncle Willie all say no. 7. So I can say with some certainty that the man in the picture is AB William Dearl Trickett, Stoker (1st Class), RCNVR, V38773, POW 1295 interned in Wehrkreis X, Marlag(M), Westertimke, Germany.

      1. I wrote you a personal email a few days ago. I just want to validate with you one of your comments before approving it.

      2. This is the part I want you to validate…

        Your comment has personal information that might not be proper to include on the blog.
        This is the part…

        Of course, complicating matters as I continued to dig, his *** had *** issues and is ***.

  3. My grandfather was POW on this ship. I am not sure of his position, his name was Ralph Cummins and I am positive he is #9 in the group photo. I can’t tell you how it touches my heart to see these pictures.

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