HMS Wizard (R 72)
Destroyer of the W class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Built by||Vickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.)|
|Laid down||14 Sep 1942|
|Launched||29 Sep 1943|
|Commissioned||30 Mar 1944|
Reconstructed as Type 15 frigate during 1954.
Scrapped at Inverkeithing in March 1967.
Commands listed for HMS Wizard (R 72)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Donald Terry McBarnet, RN||21 Feb 1944||mid 1944|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Robert Hugh Hodgkinson, DSC, RN||27 Dec 1944||Jan 1946|
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Notable events involving Wizard include:
10 Apr 1944
HMS Trusty (Lt. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSO, DSC, RN) conducts exercises with HMS Victorious (Capt. M.M. Denny, CB, CBE, RN), HMS Verulam (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Thomas, DSC, RN) and HMS Wizard (Lt.Cdr. D.T. McBarnet, DSC, RN). (1)
9 May 1944
HMS Voracious (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises at/off Scapa Flow with HMS Kelvin (Lt.Cdr. R.M.W. MacFarlan, RN), HMS Wizard (Lt.Cdr. D.T. McBarnet, DSC, RN), HMS Whelp (Cdr. G.A.F. Norfolk, RN) and HMS Danae (Capt. J.R.S. Haines, RN). (2)
19 May 1944
HMS Voracious (Lt. F.D.G. Challis, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises at/off Scapa Flow with HMS Nubian (Lt.Cdr. T.A. Pack-Beresford, RN), HMS Orwell (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Hodges, DSO, RN), HMS Whelp (Cdr. G.A.F. Norfolk, RN) and HMS Wizard (Lt.Cdr. D.T. McBarnet, DSC, RN). (2)
9 Jun 1944
HMS Wizard (Lt.Cdr. D.T. McBarnet, DSC, RN) sustained major structural damage from the explosion of her own, accidentally dropped, depth charges. 6 members of the crew lost their lives in this mishap.
- ADM 173/19124
- ADM 173/19434
- ADM 173/19596
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.
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