Allied Warships

HMCS Alberni (K 103)

Corvette of the Flower class

HMCS Alberni during the war.

NavyThe Royal Canadian Navy
PennantK 103 
Built byYarrows Ltd. (Esquimalt, British Columbia, Canada) 
Ordered14 Feb 1940 
Laid down29 Apr 1940 
Launched22 Aug 1940 
Commissioned4 Feb 1941 
Lost21 Aug 1944 
Loss position50° 18'N, 0° 51'W

HMCS Alberni never had her fo'c's'le extended.

At 11.40 hours on 21 August 1944, U-480 fired a Gnat at an unknown convoy and thought that she had sunk a frigate. In fact, the corvette HMCS Alberni (A/Lt.Cdr. Ian Hunter Bell, RCNVR) was hit and sunk in in the English Channel about 25 nautical miles south-east of St Catherine's Point, Isle of Wight in position 50º18'N, 00º51'W. The survivors (three officers and 28 men) were rescued by the British motor torpedo boats HMS MTB-469 and HMS MTB-470 and taken to Portsmouth where the two injured men were treated. 59 off her crew went down with the ship.


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 21 Aug 1944 by U-480 (Förster).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the HMCS Alberni

Commands listed for HMCS Alberni (K 103)

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1Lt. Gerald Ormsby Baugh, RCNR6 Jan 19414 Apr 1942
2T/Lt. Aubrey Winston Ford, RCNR5 Apr 194212 Oct 1942
3T/Lt. Ian Hunter Bell, RCNVR12 Oct 194221 Aug 1944

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Notable events involving Alberni include:

3 May 1942
HMCS Assiniboine (A/Lt.Cdr. J.H. Stubbs, RCN) and HMCS Alberni (T/Lt. A.W. Ford, RCNR) together pick up 46 survivors from the British tanker British Workman that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-455 south-south-east of Cape Race in position 44°07'N, 51°53'W.

27 Oct 1942
HMCS Alberni (Lt. I.H. Bell, RCNVR) picks up 12 survivors from the American tanker Gurney E. Newlin that was torpedoed and damaged by German U-boat U-436 in the North Atlantic in position 54°51'N, 30°06'W.

The abandoned Gurney E. Newlin was finally sunk the next day by German U-boat U-606.

28 Oct 1942
HMCS Alberni (Lt. I.H. Bell, RCNVR) and HMCS Ville de Quebec (Lt.Cdr. A.R.E. Coleman, RCNR) together pick up 81 survivors from the British whale factory ship Sourabaya that was torpedoed and sunk the previous day in the North Atlantic in position 54°32'N, 31°02'W by German U-boat U-436

22 Feb 1944
HMS L 26 (Lt. A.G. Prideaux, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises at/off St. Margarets Bay with HMCS Alberni (T/A/Lt.Cdr. I.H. Bell, RCNVR). (1)

14 May 1944
HMS H 28 (Lt. A.S. Melville-Ross, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMCS Stormont (T/Skr.Lt. G.A. Myra, RCNR), HMCS Swansea (A/Cdr. C.A. King, DSO, DSC, RCNR), HMCS Alberni (T/A/Lt.Cdr. I.H. Bell, RCNVR) and HMCS Port Arthur (T/Lt. K.T. Chisholm, RCNVR). (2)

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

Corvettes of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1939-1945

MacPherson, Ken and Milner, Marc


  1. ADM 199/1830
  2. ADM 173/18473

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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