64 Athabaskan Survivors Home

When AB William Dearl Trickett was just a face.

Lest We Forget

Jim L’Esperance’s son sent me this newspaper article…

His father tells how he managed to hide and avoid transfer…


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Winnipeg Sailor One of “Underground Navy” Who Hid Out to Avoid Transfer

NEW YORK, May 29—(CP)—

Sixty-four men of the Canadian navy, all but one of whom were captured when the Canadian destroyer Athabaskan was sunk in the England Channel in April, 1944, arrived here Monday en route back to Canada with varied tales of life in Germans prison camps.

The other man—AB. Sydney Bell, of Britannia Bay, Ont., was taken prisoner March 25, 1941, when a Royal Navy ship was sunk by a German surface raider 480 miles off Freetown, West Africa.

The men crossed the Atlantic in the liner Aquitania.

The party left for Montreal by train Monday night, where they will receive a medical examination and back pay before proceeding to their homes on leave.

Fourteen of the…

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2 thoughts on “64 Athabaskan Survivors Home

  1. I just wanted to pass along that I was fortunate enough to track down my Uncle’s Wartime Log and have it back in the family. When I get a chance, I’m going to scan the items and put them up under my website, http://www.happydiver.space, and also make them available to the For Posterity’s Sake website.

    I’ll be busy researching more of the items I’ve found in the Log and the intention is to make a presentation to our local Legion here in Kelwood next Remembrance Day. I had a leftover 76mm shell from my Athabaskan and built a nice stand for it.

    Cheers,
    Blair Gilmore, SLt(Ret’d), CD

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