Originally laid down as HMCS IROQUOIS, the ship sustained bomb damage while under construction resulting in the change of her name. Once operational, ATHABASKAN was plagued with mishaps. She was involved in two minor collisions, then hit by a glider bomb in the Bay of Biscay in August 1943. On April 29 1944, the ship was hit by a torpedo from T-24, a German Ebling class destroyer. This in itself was not sufficient to sink the ship. There was a second explosion which mortally wounded ATHABASKAN.
Bruce Kettles has devoted a Web page to his uncle Stuart Kettles who served aboard ATHABASKAN and was taken POW by the Germans. Read the diary kept by Stuart Kettles during his internment.
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