Allied Warships

HMS Wolfhound (I 56)

Destroyer of the Admiralty V & W class

NavyThe Royal Navy
ClassAdmiralty V & W 
PennantI 56 
ModFast escort 
Built byFairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Govan, Scotland) 
Ordered9 Dec 1916 
Laid downApr 1917 
Launched14 Mar 1918 
Commissioned27 Apr 1918 
End service 

Reconstruction to Fast Escort at Chatham Dockyard was completed on 2 May 1940. Pennant was D 56 changed to I 56 sometime after this reconstruction.

Sold to be broken up for scrap on 18 February 1948.


Commands listed for HMS Wolfhound (I 56)

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1Lt.Cdr. John Wentworth McCoy, RN19 Mar 194021 Jul 1941
2Lt.Cdr. James Arbouin Burnett, DSC, RN21 Jul 1941late 1941

3Lt. John Hubert Ackland Benians, DSC, RN22 Mar 194316 Dec 1944
4A/Lt.Cdr. Thomas Aitken Easton, RNVR16 Dec 1944mid 1945

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Notable events involving Wolfhound include:

3 Sep 1941
HMS Wolfhound (Lt.Cdr. J.A. Burnett, DSC, RN) is heavily damaged by near misses in a German air attack. The ships back was broken and she was out of action for over 18 months.

9 Apr 1944
HMS Royal Sovereign (Capt.(Retd.) S. Hopkins, RN) conducted speed and gunnery trials off the Firth of Forth during which she is escorted by HMS Wolfhound (Lt. J.H.A. Benians, DSC, RN). (1)

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British destroyers & frigates

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Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


  1. ADM 53/120433

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

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