HMS Wolverine (D 78)
Destroyer of the Admiralty Modified W class
|Navy||The Royal Navy|
|Class||Admiralty Modified W|
|Mod||Short range escort|
|Built by||J.S. White & Co. (Cowes, U.K.)|
|Laid down||8 Oct 1918|
|Launched||17 Jul 1919|
|Commissioned||27 Jul 1920|
HMS Wolverine is not listed as active unit in the July 1945 Navy List
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 28 January 1946.
Commands listed for HMS Wolverine (D 78)
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|1||Cdr. Roderick Cosmo Gordon, RN||31 Jul 1939||27 Nov 1939|
|2||Cdr. Robert Hoyle Craske, RN||27 Nov 1939||29 Nov 1940|
|3||Lt.Cdr. James Marjoribanks Rowland, RN||29 Nov 1940||Feb 1942|
|4||Lt. Sir Peter William Gretton, DSC, OBE, RN||3 Mar 1942||Nov 1942|
|5||Lt. Ian Mosley Clegg, RN||21 Nov 1942||Jun 1943|
|6||Cdr. John Marston Money, RN||Jun 1943||9 Oct 1943|
|7||Lt. Ian Mosley Clegg, RN||9 Oct 1943||Feb 1945|
|8||A/Lt.Cdr. Alan John McCullogh Miller, DSC, RNVR||Feb 1945||mid 1945|
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Notable events involving Wolverine include:
8 Mar 1941
HMS Wolverine (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Rowland, RN) attacked German U-boat U-A with depth charges south off Iceland. This attack is often credited to have resulted in the loss of the famous U-47 but this is not true.
5 Apr 1941
German U-boat U-76 was sunk south of Iceland, in position 58°35'N, 20°20'W, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Wolverine (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Rowland, RN) and the British sloop HMS Scarborough (Lt.Cdr. A.P. Northney, RN).
14 Nov 1941
HMS H 50 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Lough Foyle with HMS Broke (Cdr. W.T. Couchman, OBE, RN), HMS Wolverine (Lt.Cdr. J.M. Rowland, RN), HMS Caldwell (Lt.Cdr. E.M. Mackay, RD, RNR) and HMS Volunteer (Lt.Cdr. N. Lanyon, RN). (2)
12 Aug 1942
The Italian submarine Dagabur was rammed and sunk north off Algiers, Algeria by the British destroyer HMS Wolverine (Lt.Cdr. P.W. Gretton, OBE, DSC, RN).
11 Apr 1943
The British merchant Empire Whimbrel is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-181 about 420 nautical miles south-west of Freetown in position 02°31'N, 15°55'W. The British destroyers HMS Wolverine (Lt. I.M. Clegg, RN) and HMS Witch (Lt.Cdr. S.R.J. Woods, RNR) later pick up 53 survivors.
2 Jul 1943
The British merchant Empire Kohinoor is torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-618 about 250 nautical miles south-west of Freetown in position 06°20'N, 16°30'W. HMS Wolverine (Cdr. J.M. Money, RN) later picks up survivors.
- ADM 173/16335
- ADM 173/16795
- ADM 173/17202
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.