Allied Warships

HMS Woodcock (U 90)

Sloop of the Modified Black Swan class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSloop
ClassModified Black Swan 
PennantU 90 
Built byFairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Govan, Scotland) 
Ordered18 Jul 1941 
Laid down21 Oct 1941 
Launched26 Nov 1942 
Commissioned29 May 1943 
End service 
History

Scrapped 28 November 1955.

 

Commands listed for HMS Woodcock (U 90)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. (retired) Clive Gwinner, DSO, RN27 Apr 194331 Jan 1944
2Cdr. (retired) John Fulford Blackburn, DSO, RN31 Jan 194418 Jul 1944
3Lt. Sidney John Parsons, DSC, RN18 Jul 1944mid 1946

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Notable events involving Woodcock include:


30 Jul 1943
German U-boat U-462 was sunk in the Bay of Biscay at position 45°33'N, 10°58'W.by a British Handley Page Halifax aircraft (Sqdn 502/S) and gunfire from the British sloops HMS Wren (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Aubrey, RN), HMS Kite (Lt.Cdr. W.F.R. Segrave, RN), HMS Woodpecker (Lt.Cdr. R.E.S. Hugonin, DSC, RN), HMS Wild Goose (Lt.Cdr. D.E.G. Wemyss, RN) and HMS Woodcock (Lt.Cdr. C. Gwinner, DSO, RN).

18 Oct 1943
HMS H 50 (Lt. J.C. Varley, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Forester (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Burnett, DSC, RN), HMCS Assiniboine (A/Lt.Cdr. R.P. Welland, DSC, RCN), HMS Kite (Lt.Cdr. W.F.R. Segrave, DSC, RN), HMS Woodcock (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C. Gwinner, DSO, RN) and aircraft. (1)

6 Nov 1943
German U-boat U-226 was sunk at 0700hrs on 6 November 1943 in the North Atlantic east of Newfoundland, in position 44°49'N, 41°13'W, by depth charges from the British sloops HMS Starling (Capt. F.W. Walker, CB, DSO and Bar, RN), HMS Woodcock (Lt.Cdr. C. Gwinner, DSO, RN) and HMS Kite (Lt.Cdr. W.F.R. Segrave, DSC, RN).

7 Dec 1943
HMS H 32 (Lt. K.S. Renshaw, DSC, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Inver (Lt.Cdr. F.H. Gray, RNR), HMS Woodcock (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) C. Gwinner, DSO, RN) and HMS Vanoc (Lt.Cdr. P.R. Ward, RN). (2)

Sources

  1. ADM 173/17833
  2. ADM 173/17777

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


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