HMS Whaddon (L 45)
Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type I) class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||Hunt (Type I)|
|Built by||A. Stephen & Sons Ltd. (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Ordered||11 Apr 1939|
|Laid down||27 Jul 1939|
|Launched||16 Jul 1940|
|Commissioned||28 Feb 1941|
Scrapped at Faslane in April 1959.
Commands listed for HMS Whaddon (L 45)
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|1||Lt.Cdr. Peter Gordon Merriman, RN||17 Dec 1940||Nov 1942|
|2||Lt.Cdr. Jack Barrington Palmer, RN||Nov 1942||8 Dec 1943|
|3||T/A/Lt.Cdr. Robert Lucas Green, RNVR||8 Dec 1943||Aug 1945|
|4||Lt. John Geoffrey Brookes, DSC, RN||Aug 1945||late 1945|
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Notable events involving Whaddon include:
18 Mar 1941
After ammunitioning on completion of her refit, HMS Hood (Capt. R. Kerr, CBE, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral W.J. Whitworth, CB, DSO, RN), departed Rosyth around 1630 hours for Scapa Flow. She was escorted by the destroyer HMAS Nestor (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and the escort destroyers HMS Eridge (Lt.Cdr. W.F.N. Gregory-Smith, RN) and HMS Whaddon (Lt.Cdr. P.G. Merriman, RN). (1)
19 Mar 1941
The battleship HMS Queen Elizabeth (Capt. C.B. Barry, DSO, RN) escorted by the destoyers HMS Inglefield (Capt. P. Todd, DSO, RN), HMS Arrow (Cdr. R.E. Hyde-Smith, RN), HMS Echo (Lt.Cdr. C.H.deB. Newby, RN), HMS Eclipse (Lt.Cdr. I.T. Clark, RN), HMS Electra (Cdr. C.W. May, RN) and HMS Eskimo (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Le Geyt, RN) departed Scapa Flow at 0515/19. At 0630 hours they were joined at sea by the battlecruiser HMS Hood (Capt. R. Kerr, CBE, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral W.J. Whitworth, CB, DSO, RN) which had departed Rosyth the previous afternoon. The destroyer HMAS Nestor (Cdr. G.S. Stewart, RAN) and the escort destroyers HMS Eridge (Lt.Cdr. W.F.N. Gregory-Smith, RN) and HMS Whaddon (Lt.Cdr. P.G. Merriman, RN), which had been escorting HMS Hood then proceeded to Scapa Flow.
The ships then proceeded to the area to the south of Iceland where they were to join the battleship HMS Nelson and her escorting destroyers which is already patrolling there to intercept the German battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau if they were trying to return to Germany.
29 Mar 1941
HMS Prince of Wales (Capt. J.C. Leach, MVO, RN) conducted compass trials off Scapa Flow. During these trials she was escorted by the destroyers HMS Inglefield (Capt. P. Todd, DSO, RN), HMS Active (Lt.Cdr. M.W. Tomkinson, RN) and HMS Whaddon (Lt.Cdr. P.G. Merriman, RN). (2)
- ADM 53/114436
- ADM 53/114886
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.