Allied Warships

HMS Whaddon (L 45)

Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type I) class

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeEscort destroyer
ClassHunt (Type I) 
PennantL 45 
Built byA. Stephen & Sons Ltd. (Glasgow, Scotland) 
Ordered11 Apr 1939 
Laid down27 Jul 1939 
Launched16 Jul 1940 
Commissioned28 Feb 1941 
End service 
History

Scrapped at Faslane in April 1959.

 

Commands listed for HMS Whaddon (L 45)

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CommanderFromTo
1Lt.Cdr. Peter Gordon Merriman, RN17 Dec 1940Nov 1942
2Lt.Cdr. Jack Barrington Palmer, RNNov 19428 Dec 1943
3T/A/Lt.Cdr. Robert Lucas Green, RNVR8 Dec 1943Aug 1945
4Lt. John Geoffrey Brookes, DSC, RNAug 1945late 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)

Sources

  1. ADM 53/114436
  2. ADM 53/114886

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


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