By Roger Litwiller
The brave, ancient tale of an exceptional struggling with send of the second one international battle.
White Ensign Flying tells the tale of HMCS Trentonian, a Canadian corvette that fought U-Boats within the moment global conflict. Trentonian escorted convoys at the North Atlantic and during the lethal waters close to England and France. The send used to be attacked by way of the americans in a friendly-fire incident in the course of Operation Neptune and later earned the doubtful contrast of being the final corvette sunk by way of the enemy.
Litwiller has interviewed a few of the males who served in Trentonian and picked up their tales. Their particular own views are mixed with the reputable list of the send, giving an intimate perception into the lifetime of a sailor ― from the tedium of lifestyle in a boat at sea to the fear of scuffling with to your lifestyles in a sinking send.
Over 100 photographs from the personal collections of the group and army documents carry the tale of Trentonian to lifestyles, illustrating this testomony to the send and the lads who served in it.
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You'll no longer have examine us within the papers yet permit me guarantee you that we aren't idle and we're doing our proportion of the task. a few day it is possible for you to to listen to approximately our exploits. to at least one and all of you, thank you much for the presents and they're enormously liked. sturdy success to you all.  Lt. Colin S. Glassco, RCNVR, from Hamilton, Ontario. picture credits: A. Singleton, courtesy of the kinfolk of Maurice Campbell. On February 1, 1945, the pipe used to be made, “prepare for leaving harbour, targeted sea responsibility males pack up to stations for leaving harbour. ” one of many liberty boats from Milford Haven got here along with crewmen who have been ashore the evening earlier than. they'd been stranded within the city by means of a dense fog the evening prior to. lower than the watchful eye of the hot outdated guy, the group grumbled as they wear their RCN-issue existence jackets and closed as much as their respective stations for buying underway. below the lingering heavy fog, Trentonian began to drift in the course of the nonetheless water of Milford Haven. Getting underway have been played similar to the other time, with one exception. one in all Trentonian’s group was once lacking. Stoker invoice Shields have been ashore the evening sooner than and had no longer mentioned again. The send sailed out of the harbour with no him at 0700; Shields was once now thought of Absent with no depart.  This used to be Trentonian’s first convoy less than her new CO. Convoy BTC fifty six consisted of 22 retailers ships sure for Southend. As they made their method alongside the Cornish coast, Trentonian used to be joined by means of HMS Armeria to aid with the escort. the elements endured with fog and lengthening rain. The wind and the seas acquired heavier. the following day Trentonian used to be indifferent from convoy BTC fifty six, leaving Armeria as sole escort, and became in the direction of Milford Haven. they'd been reassigned to a bigger convoy crusing from Milford Haven on February three. Convoy BTC fifty eight consisted of thirty-eight ships additionally sure for Southend. supporting with the escort used to be their chummy send Moose Jaw and HMS Mignonette. the elements persevered to become worse and, at its worst, had blown as much as a stiff gale, spreading the convoy out over forty-eight miles. by the point they reached the Isle of Wright, the hurricane had abated, however the thick fog had lower back and the full convoy needed to come to anchor to attend for the elements to transparent.  Convoy BTC fifty eight arrived at Southend within the Thames Estuary on February 6. watching for the send at Southend was once their lacking crewman, Stoker invoice Shields.  Shields used to be met through the jimmy (executive officer) while he boarded and used to be knowledgeable that he was once charged with being AWOL and will be despatched for punishment.  Kinsman then took him ahead of Glassco. This was once the 1st time that Shields had met the previous guy and he used to be already on defaulters. Lieutenant Glassco requested the younger sailor what had occurred and why he neglected the crusing. Shields defined that he had met the various males in Milford Haven at 2200 the evening ahead of Trentonian sailed. that they had advised him the freedom boats wouldn't take them again within the fog and they had to discover a mattress for the evening, for Trentonian was once crusing at 0800.