Allied Warships

HMS Wren (i) (D 88)

Destroyer of the Admiralty Modified W class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassAdmiralty Modified W 
PennantD 88 
Built byYarrow Shipbuilders Ltd. (Scotstoun, Scotland) 
OrderedJan 1918 
Laid downJun 1918 
Launched11 Nov 1919 
Commissioned27 Jan 1923 
Lost27 Jul 1940 
Loss position52° 10'N, 2° 06'E
History

HMS Wren was completed by Pembroke Dockyard.

HMS Wren (Lt.Cdr. Frederick William George Harker, RN) was bombed and sunk on 27 July 1940 by German aircraft about 20 nautical miles east of Aldeburgh in position 52º10'N, 02º06'E. HMS Montrose was damaged in the same attack.

 

Commands listed for HMS Wren (i) (D 88)

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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. William Halford Selby, RN31 Jul 193913 Jan 1940
2Cdr. Harold Thomas Armstrong, RN13 Jan 194030 May 1940
3Lt.Cdr. Frederick William George Harker, RN30 May 194027 Jul 1940 (+)

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Notable events involving Wren (i) include:


6 Feb 1940
HMS Exeter (Capt. F.S. Bell, CB, RN), and her escorts, HMS Renown (Capt. C.E.B. Simeon, RN), HMS Ark Royal (Capt. A.J. Power, RN), HMS Dainty (Cdr. F.M. Walton, RN) and HMS Diamond (Lt.Cdr. P.A. Cartwright, RN) departed Freetown for Plymouth.

HMS Ark Royal and the destroyers parted company around 1800/9.

Around dawn at 13 February 1940, HMS Renown and HMS Exeter were joined by HMS Hasty (Lt.Cdr. L.R.K. Tyrwhitt, RN).

Around 0900/14 four more destroyers joined, HMS Hearty (Lt.Cdr. D.G.F.W. MacIntyre, RN), HMS Ardent (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Barker, RN), HMS Wren (Cdr. H.T. Armstrong, RN) and HMS Wolverine (Cdr. R.H. Craske, RN). (1)

13 May 1940
French troops were landed at Bjervik, Norway today. This is just to the north of Narvik. The town was captured successfully.

Naval ships involved in landing the troops and to provide cover were; battleship HMS Resolution (Capt. O. Bevir, RN), light cruisers HMS Aurora (Capt. L.H.K. Hamilton, DSO, RN), HMS Effingham (Capt. J.M. Howson, RN) which both landed French troops, repair ship HMS Vindictive (Capt. A.R. Halfhide, RN), netlayer HMS Protector (Capt. W.Y la L. Beverley, RN) and the destroyers HMS Somali (Capt. R.S.G. Nicholson, DSO, DSC, RN), HMS Havelock (Capt. E.B.K. Stevens, DSC, RN), HMS Fame (Cdr. P.N. Walter, RN), HMS Basilisk (Cdr. M. Richmond, OBE, RN) and HMS Wren (Cdr. H.T. Armstrong, RN).

Air cover for this operation was provided, from a distance, by aircraft from HMS Ark Royal (Capt. A.J. Power, RN).

Later this day these ships also bombarded Narvik with the assistance of aircraft from the Ark Royal.

Media links


British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman


Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

Sources

  1. ADM 53/112194

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


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