HMCS Louisburg (i) (K 143)
Corvette of the Flower class
|Navy||The Royal Canadian Navy|
|Built by||Morton Engineering and Dry Dock Co. (Quebec City, Quebec, Canada)|
|Ordered||23 Jan 1940|
|Laid down||4 Oct 1940|
|Launched||27 May 1941|
|Commissioned||2 Oct 1941|
|Lost||6 Feb 1943|
|Loss position||36° 15'N, 0° 15'E|
In the afternoon of 6 February 1943 near Cape Tenes, Algeria convoy KMF-8 (Gibraltar to Bone) was attacked by 2 separate formations of German planes from FK II: the first consisted of 7 Ju-88 bombers, the other of 7 torpedo planes, He.111 of the 4th Staffel from II/KG.26, lead by Hauptmann Rudolf Schmidt. HMCS Louisburg (Lt.Cdr. William Franklin Campbell, RCNVR) was hit by bombs and torpedoes and sank in position 36º15'N, 00º15'E. From a crew of 109, rescue craft were able to recover 50.
On the German side, 2 He.111s were lost, but one crew was rescued by a Spanish trawler. In the same attack, the British freighter Fort Babine was torpedoed and damaged by the He.111s of 4/KG.26.
Subsequently, at 0200 hrs of 7 February the German submarine U-77 attacked the convoy 80 nautical miles west Algiers, torpedoing and sinking the British freighters Empire Banner and Empire Webster. Finally, the following day one of the convoy escorts, the Canadian corvette Regina (Lt.Cdr H. Freeland, RCNR) sank the Italian submarine Avorio (Lt. Leone
Fiorentini) off Philippeville.
Commands listed for HMCS Louisburg (i) (K 143)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. William Franklin Campbell, RCNVR||19 Jul 1941||6 Feb 1943 (+)|
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Notable events involving Louisburg (i) include:
2 Dec 1942
HMS H 34 (Lt. G.M. Noll, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Beagle (Cdr. R.C. Medley, DSO, RN), HMS Asphodel (Lt. H.P. Carse, DSC, RNVR), HMCS Louisburg (Lt.Cdr. W.F. Campbell, RCNVR), HMCS Calgary (T/Lt. H.K. Hill, RCNVR), HMS Burnham (Lt.Cdr. T. Taylor, DSC, RN) and HMS Watchman (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Rodgers, RN). (1)
- ADM 173/17244
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.