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Our Back Pages: 1961-1979

From Legionary to Legion Magazine Fourth in a six-part series looking back at 90 years of The Legionary and Legion Magazine The Legionary carried on in its large format throughout the 1960s. Articles typically addressed the issues of resettling veterans from the Second World War and the Korean War and improving disability pensions. The magazine...
  • HMCS Esquimalt (J 272)

Minesweeper of the Bangor class

Navy	The Royal Canadian Navy

Type	Minesweeper

Class	Bangor 

Pennant	J 272 

Built by	Marine Industries Ltd. (Sorel, Quebec, Canada) 


Laid down	20 Dec 1940 

Launched	8 Aug 1941 

Commissioned	26 Oct 1942 

Lost	16 Apr 1945 

Loss position	44.28N, 63.10W (See a map)


History	HMCS Escquimalt (Lt. Robert Cunningham MacMillan, DSC and Bar, RCNVR) was torpedoed and sunk on 16 April 1945 by U-190, five miles off Chebucto Head, near Halifax, Canada in position 44º28'N, 63º10'W.

44 of the crew were lost with the ship and 26 of the crew survived the sinking.


Hit by U-boat

Sunk on 16 Apr 1945 by U-190 (Reith).

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