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Wayne Colbeck, Sub-Lieutenant RCNVR
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Service #
Date of Death: December 24, 1944
(Killed at Sea)
Halifax Memorial, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Grave Reference: Panel 10

 

  

 


HMCS Clayoquot








The following information is from pages various websites and books.
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On December 21, 1944, U-806 sank a merchant vessel in the approaches to Halifax Harbour. HMCS CLAYOQUOT was searching for this U-boat in company of HMCS TRANSCONA and HMCS KIRKLAND LAKE on December 24, 1944 when she was struck aft by a torpedo from U-806. She went down in less than 10 minutes, however 73 of the 81 man crew escaped by life raft and were picked up by HMCS FENNEL shortly thereafter. The exact location of HMCS CLAYOQUOT remained a mystery until 1994 when, what were thought to be her remains were detected by members of the Geological Survey of Canada while field testing side scan sonar equipment, 13 miles of off Chebucto Head. HMCS CLAYOQUOT was positively identified in September of 1996 when HMCS CORMORANT's manned submersible dove to the site. On board was retired petty officer Ernie White, a survivor of the sinking, who confirmed the identity of the vessel.

(Above text from Martime Museum of the Atlantic: Martime Heritage Database)


At 14.37 hours on 24 December 1944, U-806 (Kptlt. Klaus Hornbostel)fired a Gnat at the HMCS Clayoquot, which was escorting the convoy XB-139 and hit her after 1 minute 9 seconds.

Bangor Class Minesweeper Builder: Prince Rupert Dry-dock and Shipyard Co. Commissioned: 22 Aug 1941 Fate: Torpedoed off Halifax NS, 24 Dec 1944


Casualties: 4 officers, 4 ratings
OS BATE J.R. V 75753 RCNVR DUNDALK
ONTARIO
OS BROZOVICH W. V 70636 RCNVR WINDSOR
ONTARIO
S/LT COLBECK A.W. O 14690 RCNVR CRANDALL
MANITOBA
LT FINLAY P.W. O 23650 RCNVR MONTREAL
QUEBEC
AB HILYARD E. 4229 RCN KINGSTON
ONTARIO
S/LT MUNRO W.J.   RCNVR HUNTINGDON
QUEBEC
LT(E) NEIL J.D. O 54876 RCNVR ST CATHERINES
ONTARIO
AB SMITH L.W. V 1796 RCNVR QUEENS CO
PEI