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Remembering WWII Nova Scotia Casualties
Owen William Fralic
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Owen William Fralic V/25533 Motor Mechanic HMCS Raccoon Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve July 18, 1908 Liverpool, Queens Co., NS July 15, 1940 32 Halifax, NS Liverpool, NS Motor Mechanic United Church of Canada Married Mrs. Ida Fralic (Mother) Liverpool, NS September 7, 1942 34 Halifax Memorial Commemorated on Page 74 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on February 18 Owen was the son of Frank Fralic, and of Ida May Fralic, of Liverpool, Nova Scotia. In the six months prior to his enlistment he worked as a mechanic with Atlantic Chev & Olds Ltd., Halifax, NS. He served between January 25 and September 23, 1941 and between November 25, 1941 and September 7, 1942 as a Motor Mechanic on HMCS Raccoon. He was lost, killed in action, in the sinking of HMCS Raccoon when it was torpedoed by enemy action. HMCS Raccoon was an armed yacht The ship was purchased by the Royal Canadian Navy in 1940, originally known as Halonia. In 1942 the ship was assigned to the naval base at Gaspe to patrol the St. Lawrence River and Gulf and to escort convoys of ships from Quebec to Sydney, Halifax or Newfoundland. HMCS Raccoon was sunk by the German submarine U-165 in the St. Lawrence River on September 7, 1942 while escorting Convoy QS-33. The entire ship's crew of 37 was lost.