HMCS Chambly in Derry, Co. Londonderry

19th October 2018

Canadian Corvette HMCS Chambly made many hazardous journeys between St. Johns, Canada and Northern Ireland during the Battle of the Atlantic from 1940-1945.

Flower Class Corvette HMCS Chambly was commissioned at Quebec, Canada on 18th December 1940. It arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on 24th December 1940 and joined Halifax Force. On 23rd May 1941, HMCS Chambly left Halifax as one of 7 corvettes in Newfoundland Escort Force.

While part of Newfoundland Escort Force, Chambly left Halifax on 5th September 1941 along with sister ship HMCS Moose Jaw. The pair joined convoy SC-42 which had come under attack from U-Boats. Chambly and Moose Jaw sank U-501 on 10th September 1941.

In March 1942, HMCS Chambly made its first round trip between St. John’s and Londonderry. The corvette then joined Escort Group C-2 until August 1943 and brief periods in Escort Group 9 and Group 5. Over this time, the ship made many return journeys between Canada and Northern Ireland and earned Battle of the Atlantic honours.

Sub-Lieutenant DR Ingraham on HCMS Chambly in Londonderry Port

Imperial War Museum Photo: A 20003 (Part of the Admiralty Official Collection). Sub-Lieutenant DR "Guns" Ingraham, from St. Johns, New Brunswick, Canada with the crew of the 4" gun on board HCMS Chambly in Londonderry Port. Photo taken on 19th October 1943 in Londonderry Port, Derry, Co. Londonderry. Copyright Lieutenant CH Parnall.

Leading Seaman J Bayne on the HMCS Chambly in Londonderry Port

Imperial War Museum Photo: A 20001 (Part of the Admiralty Official Collection). Leading Seaman (HSD) J Bayne, from Toronto, Ontario, Canada whose work with the Submarine Detector on board HMCS Chambly was partly responsible for the sinking of one U-boat. Photo taken on 19th October 1943 in Londonderry Port, Derry, Co. Londonderry. Copyright Lieutenant CH Parnall.

Chief Engine Room Artificer A Lalonde on HMCS Chambly in Londonderry Port

Imperial War Museum Photo: A 20002 (Part of the Admiralty Official Collection). Chief Engine Room Artificer A Lalonde, from Kingston, Ontario, Canada on board HMCS Chambly in Londonderry Port with a model of a U-boat. Photo taken on 19th October 1943 in Londonderry Port, Derry, Co. Londonderry. Copyright Lieutenant CH Parnall.

Transatlantic Convoys Escorted

ConvoyEscort GroupDatesNotes
SC 99MOEF Group C19th - 19th September 194259 ships escorted without loss from Newfoundland to Northern Ireland.
ON 133MOEF Group C126th September - 5th October 194235 ships escorted without loss from Northern Ireland to Newfoundland.
HX 211MOEF Group C113th - 20th October 194229 ships escorted without loss from Newfoundland to Northern Ireland.
ON 143MOEF Group C12nd - 11th November 194226 ships escorted without loss from Northern Ireland to Newfoundland.
KMS 11GMOEF Group C214th - 24th March 1943Firth of Clyde to Mediterranean Sea. 1 ship sunk by aircraft.
MKS 10MOEF Group C227th March - 5th April 1943Mediterranean to Liverpool. 1 ship torpedoed and sunk.
HX 237MOEF Group C27th - 16th May 194346 ships escorted without loss from Newfoundland to Northern Ireland.
ON 18625th May - 2nd June 194344 ships escorted without loss from Northern Ireland to Newfoundland.
HX 24312th - 20th June 194376 ships escorted without loss from Newfoundland to Northern Ireland.
ON 1912nd - 7th July 194360 ships escorted without loss from Northern Ireland to Newfoundland.
HX 24821st - 28th July 194389 ships escorted without loss from Newfoundland to Northern Ireland.
ON 1969th - 16th August 194378 ships escorted without loss from Northern Ireland to Newfoundland.
ONS 18/ON 202Support Group 919th - 25th September 1943Northern Ireland to Newfoundland. 10 ships torpedoed. 9 sunk.
SC 1432nd - 11th October 1943Newfoundland to Northern Ireland. 1 ship torpedoed and sunk.
ONS 2123rd October - 2nd November 194333 ships escorted without loss from Northern Ireland to Newfoundland.
HX 29115th - 27th May 194499 ships escorted without loss from Newfoundland to Northern Ireland.
ON 2394th - 15th June 194497 ships escorted without loss from Northern Ireland to Newfoundland.
HX 29624th June - 2nd July 194491 ships escorted without loss from Newfoundland to Northern Ireland.
ON 24411th - 18th July 194456 ships escorted without loss from Northern Ireland to Newfoundland.
HX 30130th July - 8th August 1944130 ships escorted without loss from Newfoundland to Northern Ireland.
ON 24919th - 28th August 1944153 ships escorted without loss from Northern Ireland to Newfoundland.
HX 3066th - 17th September 1944120 ships escorted without loss from Newfoundland to Northern Ireland.
ONS 3330th September - 10th October 194451 ships escorted without loss from Northern Ireland to Newfoundland.
HX 31420th - 29th October 194463 ships escorted without loss from Newfoundland to Northern Ireland.
ON 26510th - 19th November 194455 ships escorted without loss from Northern Ireland to Newfoundland.
HX 32229th November - 7th December 194438 ships escorted without loss from Newfoundland to Northern Ireland.
ON 27319th - 30th December 194464 ships escorted without loss from Northern Ireland to Newfoundland.
HX 3307th - 17th January 194545 ships escorted without loss from Newfoundland to Northern Ireland.
ONS 4130th January - 15th February 194534 ships escorted without loss from Northern Ireland to Newfoundland.
HX 33923rd February - 3rd March 194579 ships escorted without loss from Newfoundland to Northern Ireland.
ONS 4412th - 27th March 194521 ships escorted without loss from Northern Ireland to Newfoundland.
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