Nambu World: Canada and the Pacific War
(under construction—much, much more to come)
This page is still in its infancy but
will summarize the many ways in which Canada was involved in the Pacific Theatre
in WWII. While the number of Canadian troops who served in the Pacific was much
smaller than the number who served in Europe,
there are nevertheless a number of interesting stories to be told.
Pacific Coast Militia Rangers (PCMR):
was a militia raised in British Columbia in
1942 to defend Canada’s
West Coast against possible Japanese invasion. To read more about the PCMR,
please click here: pcmr.htm
Hampton “Hammy” Gray, VC:
“Hammy” Gray was a Royal Canadian Navy pilot serving on the aircraft carrier
HMS Formidable in April, 1945. On his last mission he was assigned to attach
Japanese ships in a bay in northern Japan. While
bombing one of the ships he was hit but continued on course to deliver his
bombs and crashed into the ship, earning him the sobriquet “the Canadian
kamikaze” and, more importantly, the last Victoria Cross of WWII, awarded
posthumously. To read more about Lt. Gray, please click here: lthammygrayvc.htm
Some of the topics to come include:
-Japanese shelling of BC coast
-links to military museums and gateway
of Pacific Theater vets
made for China:
Bren, Hi-Power, Sten
*in 1942-43 Japan occupied two Alaskan islands,
Attu & Kiska.
shelled BC, Oregon & California with sub deck guns (1942).
*a Japanese sub-based plane bombed Oregon twice (1942).
launched 9,300 balloon bombs at North America,
killing 6 (1944-45).
*1,973 Canadian troops fought in the 1941
defense of Hong Kong. 555 died in battle or
horrendous POW camps.
*Canadian pilot L.J. Birchall
became known as the “saviour of Ceylon”
for radioing a warning of impending Japanese attack, 1942.
*Canadian pilots also flew in Burma and the Aleutians
*the RCN ship Uganda fought in the naval campaigns against Japan
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