Spent 4-inch Cartridge Casings, HMCS Swansea
Spent cartridge casings from HMCS Swansea's 4-inch gun are stacked on deck in the aftermath of a 20 July 1944 German aerial attack.
Canadian ships in European waters faced the threat of enemy aircraft in addition to enemy ships and submarines. In this attack, German aircraft carrying remote-controlled glider bombs attacked Swansea and other ships from Escort Group 9. Fierce anti-aircraft fire from Swansea and other ships disrupted the attack, causing most of the six bombs to miss, but one of the weapons hit and seriously damaged the Canadian frigate HMCS Matane, killing three crewmen.
George Metcalf Archival Collection