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Second World War (1939-1945)
The Navy in European Waters  - Coastal Operations: United Kingdom and European Waters

The Royal Canadian Navy, employed on coastal patrols, convoy escort duty, and support operations, made an important contribution to the naval war that raged in the waters around the United Kingdom and off the nearby European coast.

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Depth Charge Attack on U-Boat
Depth Charge Attack on U-Boat

This photograph shows the plume of water raised by a depth charge attack during the hunting and destruction of the German U-Boat (submarine) U-448 on 14 April 1944.

A careful hunt culminating in a joint depth charge attack by HMCS Swansea and the British ship HMS Pelican drove U-448 to the surface, where the submarine's crew abandoned their vessel. The successful attack took place north of the Azores, where the British-based Swansea was part of an escort group supporting convoys. This photograph is taken from the album of Fred Flater, a Stoker Petty Officer serving in Swansea. Ultimately involved in the destruction of four U-boats, Swansea was the Royal Canadian Navy's most successful submarine hunter.

George Metcalf Archival Collection
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Depth Charge Attack on U-Boat
Rescuing German Survivors
German Prisoners, HMCS Swansea
Norris Jones's Diary, HMCS Swansea
Spent 4-inch Cartridge Casings, HMCS Swansea
Laying a Smokescreen, HMCS Swansea
Helmet, Able Seaman G.F. Brown, HMCS Assiniboine
Canadian Tribal Destroyers in Action
Action Aboard HMCS Iroquois
Stokers, HMCS Huron
Decorated Helmet, HMCS Huron
HMCS Athabaskan Model
Dumaresq Mark VIII
Loss of HMCS Athabaskan
HMCS Athabaskan Survivors in Captivity
Damage to HMCS Qu'appelle's Stern
Always the Same Enemy! 1673-1943, Fight Together with Us!
Amateur Strategists in the Channel
Lieut. Charles Anthony Law, R.C.N.V.R.
Artist's Box, Commander Charles Anthony Law
Motor Torpedo Boats in Dover Pens
Commander Charles Anthony Law Medal Set
Picking up Motor Torpedo Boat Survivors
Lieutenant John Shand's Sweater
    Date created: October 29, 2010