28 January 1944 Steward Dirk Van Ooyen, V-8608, and ERA 5th Class Douglas Charles Varney, V-40240, of HMCS STAR were reported missing, presumed killed, when HMCS MAHONE, a Bangor class minesweeper, operating as local escort out of Sydney, Nova Scotia, was rammed by the merchant ship SS Fort Townshend, which was operating from New York to St. John’s, off Louisburg. One man was killed and several others injured. MAHONE underwent four months of repairs in Halifax and returned to service in July.
The Hamilton Naval Association’s monthly meeting on January 31st will feature remarks by Emily Mohring about sail training experiences. See the events calendar.
Lieutenant Bernard John Kennedy, RCNVR, aged 23, who enlisted at HMCS STAR in November 1941, and who had served on the lower deck on convoy duty during 1942, was killed in a flying accident in a Grumman Avenger Mk II while training with 763 Naval Air Squadron (Anti-submarine Operational Training) at HMS Nightjar, RNAS Inskip in Lancashire.
He was the son of John and Maggie Kennedy of Ferguson Avenue North in Hamilton and graduated from Cathedral High School before working at National Steel Car.