Allied Warships

HMCS Louisburg (i) (K 143)

Corvette of the Flower class

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantK 143 
Built byMorton Engineering and Dry Dock Co. (Quebec City, Quebec, Canada) 
Ordered23 Jan 1940 
Laid down4 Oct 1940 
Launched27 May 1941 
Commissioned2 Oct 1941 
Lost6 Feb 1943 
Loss position36° 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.
This page was updated with thanks to Mr. Francesco Mattesini.


Commands listed for HMCS Louisburg (i) (K 143)

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1Lt.Cdr. William Franklin Campbell, RCNVR19 Jul 19416 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)

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Corvettes of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1939-1945

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  1. ADM 173/17244

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