OTD – 29 January 1944

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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.

SS FORT TOWNSHEND, 3,489 Gross Tons, Furness-Withy Red Cross Line
HMCS MAHONE, J159, Bangor Class

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