The BATTLE of the ATLANTIC
The battle of the Atlantic was the longest continuous battle of WWII (1939-1945) to secure sea lanes allowing the Merchant Marine to supply Great Britain from North America. The turning point in the battle came in mid-1943 allowing the allied D-Day invasion. The Royal Canadian Navy escorted over 25,000 ships across the Atlantic.

BATTLE OF ATLANTIC LOSSES:
Royal Canadian Navy - 24 warships •••••• 2,300 sailors
Canadian Merchant Marine - 71 ships ••• 2,200 men/women
British Merchant Marine - 3900+ ships ••• 30,000+ men/women
Royal Canadian Air Force - 68 planes ••• 700 aircrew
• Royal Navy - 75 ships ••••••••••••••••••••• 5,000+ sailors
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U-BOATS SUNK BY the RCN and the RCAF




RCN SHIPS SUNK DURING WWII

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CHRONOLOGICAL HISTORY of the BATTLE of the ATLANTIC

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MERCHANT SHIPS SUNK 1939 - 1945 ... DONATED BY GREGORY AND DENISE PALMER

Notes on U-Boats scuttled at the end of the war
May 06 to 09 1945 Over 200 U-boats were scuttled by the Germans Late 1945-1946 During OPERATION DEADLIGHT 115 surrendered U-boats were scuttled North of Ireland. Some U-boats were scuttled by the Germans by filling ballast tanks and not flooding the interior of the boat.

Three “scuttled” U-boats (Two type XXIII, one type XXI) were recovered in 1955/56 by the new German navy and were operational within 7 months. Both types were faster underwater than on the surface.