Allied Warships

HMS Wanderer (D 74)

Destroyer of the Admiralty Modified W class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassAdmiralty Modified W 
PennantD 74 
Built byFairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Govan, Scotland) 
OrderedJan 1918 
Laid down7 Aug 1918 
Launched1 May 1919 
Commissioned18 Sep 1919 
End service 
History

Reconstruction to Long Range Escort finished in April 1943.

HMS Wanderer is not listed as active unit in the January 1945 Navy List

HMS Wanderer was sold on 31 January 1946 and broken up by Hughes Bolckow at Blyth.

 

Commands listed for HMS Wanderer (D 74)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. Reginald Francis Morice, RN31 Jul 193924 May 1940
2Cdr. John Henry Ruck-Keene, RN24 May 194014 Nov 1940
3Cdr. Arthur Frederick St. George Orpen, RN14 Nov 194010 Feb 1942
4Lt.Cdr. Denis Harold Palmer Gardiner, DSC, RN10 Feb 1942early 1943

5Lt.Cdr. Reginald Fife Whinney, RN20 Apr 1943mid 1944
6Lt. Peter Roland Michell, RNmid 1944late 1944

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Notable events involving Wanderer include:


1 Sep 1939
The Polish destroyers Burza (Lt.Cdr. S. Nahorski, ORP), Grom (Lt.Cdr. A. Hulewicz, ORP) and Blyskawica (Cdr. W. Kodrebski, ORP) were met in the North Sea by British aircraft and the British destroyers HMS Wallace (Lt.Cdr. W.M.L. Astwood, RN) and HMS Wanderer (Cdr R.F. Morice, RN). They were escorted to Leith. (1)

25 Aug 1940
The British merchant Jamaica Pioneer is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-100 east of Rockall in position 57°05'N, 11°02'W. Later the British destroyers HMS Anthony (Lt.Cdr. N.J.V. Thew, RN) and HMS Wanderer (Cdr. J.H. Ruck-Keene, RN) pick up 55 survivors.

10 Oct 1940
The British cruisers HMS Newcastle (Capt. E.A. Aylmer, DSC, RN) and HMS Emerald (Capt. F.C. Flynn, RN), with the British destroyers HMS Broke (Cdr. B.G. Scurfield, RN) and HMS Wanderer (Cdr. J.H. Ruck-Keene, DSC, RN) of the 17th DF and the Polish destroyers Garland (Cdr. K. Namiesniowski, ORP) and Burza (Cdr. A. Doroszkowski, ORP) act as a screen to the British battleship HMS Revenge (Capt. E.R. Archer, RN) during a bombardment of Cherbourg.

2 Jun 1941
German U-boat U-147 torpedoed and sank the Belgian merchant ship Mokambo in position 56°38'N 10°24'W. In the follow-up attack by the convoy escort the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Wanderer (Cdr. A.F.St.G. Orpen, RN) and the corvette HMS Periwinkle (Lt.Cdr. P.G. MacIver, RN) depth charged the U-147 to destruction.

3 Jun 1941
The British tanker Inversuir is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-75 north of the Azores in position 48°30'N, 28°30'W. HMS Wanderer (Cdr. A.F.St.G. Orpen, RN) later picks up 9 survivors.

3 Aug 1941
German U-boat U-401 sunk in the North Atlantic south-west of Ireland, in position 50°27'N, 19°50'W, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Wanderer (Cdr. A.F.St.G. Orpen, RN), the Norwegian destroyer St. Albans (Lt.Cdr. S. Storheill) and the British corvette HMS Hydrangea (Lt. J.E. Woolfenden, RNR).

11 Jan 1943
HMS Wanderer (Lt.Cdr. D.H.P. Gardiner, DSC, RN) picks up 46 survivors from the British merchant Ocean Vagabond that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-186 south of Iceland in position 57°17'N, 20°11'W.

25 Aug 1943
German U-boat U-523 was sunk in the North Atlantic west of Vigo, in position 42°03'N, 18°02'W, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Wanderer (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Whinney, RN) and the British corvette HMS Wallflower (Lt. G.R. Greaves, RNR).

26 Aug 1943
HMS Wanderer (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Whinney, RN) delivered an advance RAF party to Portugal to implement agreement signed on August 18th 1943 between Britain and Portugal for the use of the Azores to operate their aircraft. (1)

17 Jan 1944
German U-boat U-377 was sunk in the North Atlantic south-west of Ireland, in position 49°39'N, 20°10'W, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Wanderer (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Whinney, RN) and the British frigate HMS Glenarm (Lt.Cdr. W.R.B. Noall, DSO, RNR).

5 Jul 1944
German U-boat U-390 was sunk 1500hrs on 5 July 1944 in the Baie de la Seine, English Channel, in position 49°52'N, 00°48'W, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Wanderer (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Whinney, DSC and Bar, RN) and the British frigate HMS Tavy (T/A/Lt.Cdr. Frank Ardern, RNR).

1986
Reginald Fife Whinney published his memoirs 'The U-boat Peril'.

Lt.Cdr. R.F. (Bob) Whinney, RN took command of HMS Wanderer on 20 April 1943.
He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) three times for sinking enemy submarines.
He was promoted to Commander on 31 December 1944.

Media links


British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman


Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Sources

  1. Personal communication

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