Allied Warships

HMS Wren (ii) (U 28)

Sloop of the Modified Black Swan class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeSloop
ClassModified Black Swan 
PennantU 28 
Built byWilliam Denny & Brothers (Dumbarton, Scotland) 
Ordered23 Apr 1940 
Laid down27 Feb 1941 
Launched11 Aug 1942 
Commissioned4 Feb 1943 
End service 
History

Scrapped 2 February 1956.

 

Commands listed for HMS Wren (ii) (U 28)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Robert Marriott Aubrey, RN16 Dec 19428 Nov 1943
2Lt.Cdr. Sidney Richard James Woods, RD, RNR8 Nov 194315 Jan 1944
3Cdr. (retired) Lewis Bernard Alexander Majendie, RN15 Jan 194415 Mar 1944
4Lt.Cdr. Sidney Richard James Woods, RD, RNR15 Mar 194425 Apr 1946

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Notable events involving Wren (ii) include:


28 Feb 1943
HrMs O 10 (Lt.Cdr. Baron D.T. Mackay, RNN) participated in A/S exercises off Tobermory together with HMS Oxlip (Lt. C.W. Leadbetter, RNR), HMS Snowdrop (Lt. P.A. Tinne, RNVR), HMS Wren (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Aubrey, RN) and HMS St. Marys (Lt. D.B.G. Dumas, RN). (1)

28 Apr 1943
HMS H 33 (Lt. J.A. Spender, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Wild Goose (A/Cdr. D.E.G. Wemyss, RN) and HMS Wren (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Aubrey, RN). (2)

1 May 1943
The British merchant Port Victor is torpedoed and sunk north-east of the Azores in position 47°49'N, 22°02'W by German U-boat U-107. HMS Wren (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Aubrey, RN) later picks up 145 survivors.

24 Jun 1943
German U-boat U-449 was sunk at 1600hrs on 24 June 1943 in the North Atlantic, north-west of Cape Ortegal, Spain, in position 45°00'N, 11°59'W, by depth charges from the British sloops HMS Wren (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Aubrey, RN), HMS Woodpecker (Lt.Cdr. R.E.S. Hugonin, DSC, RN), HMS Kite (Lt.Cdr. W.F.R. Segrave, RN) and HMS Wild Goose (Lt.Cdr. D.E.G. Wemyss, RN).

14 Jul 1943
On the 14th of July, the seven survivors of German U-boat U-607 were rescued by HMS Wren (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Aubrey, RN). U-607 was sunk the day before (13 July 1943) by Sunderland "N" of the British 228. Sqn and Halifax "Q" of the British 58. Sqn. (3)

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).

30 Jul 1943
German U-boat U-504 was sunk at 1543hrs on 30 July 1943 in the North Atlantic north-west of Cape Ortegal, Spain, in position 45°33'N, 10°56'W, by depth charges from the British Sloops HMS Kite (Lt.Cdr. W.F.R. Segrave, RN), HMS Woodpecker (Lt.Cdr. R.E.S. Hugonin, DSC, RN), HMS Wren (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Aubrey, RN) and HMS Wild Goose (Lt.Cdr. D.E.G. Wemyss, RN).

6 May 1944
German U-boat U-473 was sunk at 0200 hrs in the North Atlantic west south-west of Ireland, in position 49°29'N, 21°22'W, by depth charges from the British sloops HMS Starling (Capt. F.J. Walker, CB, DSO and 2 Bars, RN), HMS Wren (Lt.Cdr. S.R.J. Woods, RNR) and HMS Wild Goose (Lt.Cdr. D.E.G. Wemyss, DSC and Bar, RN).

10 Aug 1944
German U-boat U-608 was sunk in the Bay of Biscay north-west of La Rochelle, in position 46°30'N, 03°08'W, by depth charges from the British sloop HMS Wren (Lt.Cdr. S.R.J. Woods, DSC, RNR) and a British Liberator aircraft (53 Sqn RAF/C).

28 Sep 1944
HMS H 50 (Lt. W.T.J. Fox, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Campbeltown with HMS Wild Goose (A/Cdr. D.E.G. Wemyss, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Wren (Lt.Cdr. S.R.J. Woods, DSC, RD, RNR) and HMS Loch Fada (Lt.Cdr. B.A. Rogers, RD, RNR). (4)

1 May 1945
HMS Universal (Lt. S.S. Brooks, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Loch Alsh with HMS Hart (Lt.Cdr. A.D. White, RD, RNR) and HMS Wren (Cdr. S.R.J. Woods, DSC, RD, RNR). (5)

Sources

  1. File 2.12.03.6381 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. ADM 173/17781
  3. Personal communication
  4. ADM 173/18532
  5. ADM 173/20128

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


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