Battle of the Atlantic Heroes

Throughout 2020, Canadians from coast to coast to coast virtually commemorated the 75th anniversary of the end of action in the Battle of the Atlantic, and the sacrifices of the thousands of Canadians who fought valiantly from 1939-1945 during the longest campaign of the Second World War.

As Canadians were not able gather in person to pay tribute to those who served during this epic battle due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) invited Canadians to share their stories about people they know who served during the battle. 

Below you will find the stories shared with us, as written by Canadians.


AB Harrison

William Thomas Harrison

William Thomas Harrison of Halifax enlisted into the RCNVR on June 14, 1944 at the age of 19. He was an ASDIC operator, or submarine detector, aboard the Bangor-Class Minesweeper His Majesty’s Canadian Ship Georgian J144.

OS Fraser McKee

Battle of the Atlantic Heroes: Ordinary Seaman Fraser McKee

I ended the war in May 1945 in the escort HMCS Wallaceburg, operating out of Halifax.  We brought in the last west-bound convoy of the war to New York, picked up at sea from the mid-ocean. I still have the White Ensign we flew.

AS Bill Wilson

Battle of the Atlantic Heroes: Bill Wilson

On the morning of May 8, 1945, His Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Ottawa, along with the destroyer HMCS Restigouche, was alongside on the Dartmouth side of the Halifax Harbour, having just escorted the troopship Steam Ship Sithia into Halifax with returning wounded members of the Canadian Forces and a large number of war brides.

AS Ernest Charles Wyatt

Ernest Charles “Chuck” Wyatt

For his service in Europe he was awarded the 1939-45 Star, the Atlantic Star with France-Germany Bar, along with the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and 1939-45 War Medal.  In mid-January 2016, the Government of France recognized him with its highest honour, the Legion of Honour, for his service at D-Day that led to the liberation of France.
May 11, 2020

Bruce Wetherall

William Bruce Wetherall

My father, William Bruce Wetherall, served in the Canadian Merchant Navy from 1941-45. For six long years the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), the Canadian Merchant Navy and the Royal Canadian Air Force were central participants in what was to be known as the Battle of the Atlantic.
May 7, 2020

Harrison Stumpf and his brother Harold Stumpf.

Harrison “Little H” Stumpf

My father, Able Seaman (AB) Harrison “Little H” Stumpf, was one of thousands of Canadians who answered the call during the Second World War and participated in a number of ways throughout the Battle of the Atlantic.
April 29, 2020