Allied Warships

HMS Wolverine (D 78)

Destroyer of the Admiralty Modified W class


HMS Wolverine during the war

NavyThe Royal Navy
TypeDestroyer
ClassAdmiralty Modified W 
PennantD 78 
Built byJ.S. White & Co. (Cowes, U.K.) 
OrderedApr 1918 
Laid down8 Oct 1918 
Launched17 Jul 1919 
Commissioned27 Jul 1920 
End service 
History

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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CommanderFromTo
1Cdr. Roderick Cosmo Gordon, RN31 Jul 193927 Nov 1939
2Cdr. Robert Hoyle Craske, RN27 Nov 193929 Nov 1940
3Lt.Cdr. James Marjoribanks Rowland, RN29 Nov 1940Feb 1942
4Lt. Sir Peter William Gretton, DSC, OBE, RN3 Mar 1942Nov 1942
5Lt. Ian Mosley Clegg, RN21 Nov 1942Jun 1943
6Cdr. John Marston Money, RNJun 19439 Oct 1943
7Lt. Ian Mosley Clegg, RN9 Oct 1943Feb 1945
8A/Lt.Cdr. Alan John McCullogh Miller, DSC, RNVRFeb 1945mid 1945

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Noteable events involving Wolverine include:


2 Jul 1940
HMS Wolverine (Cdr. R.H. Craske, RN) picks up 13 survivors from the Estonian merchant Merkur that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-26 on 30 June about 232 miles west of Ushant in position 48°26'N, 10°58'W.

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).

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.

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