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Remembering WWII Nova Scotia Casualties  
John Douglas MacDonald     Service: Canadian Merchant Navy SS Harbury (London, England) Crew Position: Greaser           The son of Myra MacDonald of Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, John Douglas MacDonald enlisted on January 11, 1940 in the Toronto Scottish Regiment.  He was honourably discharged on April 3, 1940 physically unfit under the existing standards at the time.  On January 17, 1941 he enlisted in the Merchant Marine where he served until May 4, 1943 when the SS Harbury was torpedoed in the North Atlantic.   In the early hours of May 4, 1943, U-628 fired six torpedoes at the convoy ONS-5 about 500 miles south of Cape Farewell. The SS Harbury was hit.  U-628 finished off the wreck of the SS Harbury with 40 rounds of 8.8 cm and 100 rounds of 2 cm gunfire. The shipl capsized to starboard and sank.    The ship was carrying 6129 tons of anthracite, coal of a hard variety that contains relatively pure carbon and burns with little flame and smoke.  Six crew members, including John Douglas MacDonald,  and one gunner were lost. The master, thirty-three crew members, and eight gunners were picked up by HMS Northern Spray and landed at St. Johns, Newfoundland. Date of Death: May 4, 1943       Memorial: Haifax Memorial Panel 23 Commemorated on Page 179 of the Merchant Navy Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on April 10, September  and November 13   Sources and Information: Veterans Affairs Canada
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