HMCS Louisburg

Today, especially, I remember HMCS Louisburg, just one of the hundreds of “little ships that saved the day,” as Churchill is reported to have called the small but seaworthy Flower class corvettes that were churned out in small British and Canadian shipyards and crewed, in the main, by hastily trained, often poorly trained volunteers …

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… Louisburg (K143) was commanded by Lieutenant Commander Frank Campbell, a Saskatoon native and one of the more experienced officers available. In late 1942 she was assigned to an escort group that would escort convoys carrying troops and supplies from the United Kingdom to North Africa (as part of Operation Torch)  where they would assemble to get ready for the invasion of Sicily (Operation Husky) in the summer of 1943.

On 6 February 1943, just off  Cape Tenes on the coast of Algeria, she was attacked by two separate waves of German bombers who wanted to get at the allied troop ships and cargo vessels she was escorting … Louisburg was hit by both bombs from the JU-88s and a torpedo from one of the He. 111s; she sank very quickly taking 38 of her crew, including Lieutenant Commander Campbell, her captain (and my father), to their graves.

One thought on “HMCS Louisburg”

  1. Ps107:28. Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses. God bless them all. May they rest in peace, and may light eternal shine upon them.

    Philip

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