Allied Warships

USS Wainwright (DD 419)

Destroyer of the Sims class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 419 
Built byNorfolk Navy Yard (Portsmouth, Virginia, U.S.A.) 
Laid down7 Jun 1938 
Launched1 Jun 1939 
Commissioned15 Apr 1940 
End service28 Aug 1946 

Damaged in the atomic bomb test at Bikini Atoll in July 1946.
Decommissioned 28 August 1946.
Sunk as target 5 July 1948.
Stricken 13 July 1948.


Commands listed for USS Wainwright (DD 419)

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1Thomas Lawrence Lewis, USN15 Apr 194026 Mar 1942
2Robert Henry Gibbs, USN26 Mar 19424 Oct 1943 (1)
3Walter William Strohbehn, USN4 Oct 194315 Apr 1945 (1)
4Lt.Cdr. Leigh William Sedgwick, USNR15 Apr 194529 Aug 1946

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Notable events involving Wainwright include:

13 Dec 1941
HMS Dorsetshire (Capt. A.W.S. Agar, VC, DSO, RN) departed Simonstown to escort convoy WS 12X to Bombay. This convoy was made up of the US troopships (carrying British troops !!!); Wakefield (24289 GRT, built 1931), Mount Vernon (24289 GRT, built 1932), West Point (26454 GRT, built 1940), Leonard Wood (13712 GRT, built 1922), Joseph T. Dickman (13869 GRT, built 1922) and Orizaba (6937 GRT, built 1918).

HMS Dorsetshire made rendez-vous at sea with the convoy that had departed Capetown earlier that day and was at that time escorted by the US destroyers USS Wainwright, USS Moffett, USS McDougal, USS Winslow, USS Mayrant and USS Rowan. These destroyers parted company with the convoy at 1600C/14 (C = time zone -3). (2)

4 Jul 1942
While escorting the PQ-17 convoy to USSR in Arctic Ocean, has a distinguished anti-aircraft action. Wainwright repelled 6 attacking German planes so efficiently in the first strike, that the following attack was driven exclusively against her! In the third attack on this day, half of planes attacked the convoy, while the other half attacked the Wainwright. The destroyer survived these 3 strikes, just having a few casualties and light damages. (3)

13 Dec 1943
German U-boat U-593 was sunk on 13 December 1943 after a 32 hour-chase in the western Mediterranean north of Constantine, in position 37°38'N, 05°58'E, by depth charges from the US destroyer USS Wainwright and the British escort destroyer HMS Calpe (Lt.Cdr. H. Kirkwood, DSC, RN).

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

U.S. Destroyers

Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

Roscoe, Theodore


  2. ADM 53/114140
  3. Personal communication

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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