Allied Warships

HMS Wizard (R 72)

Destroyer of the W class

NavyThe Royal Navy
PennantR 72 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
OrderedDec 1941 
Laid down14 Sep 1942 
Launched29 Sep 1943 
Commissioned30 Mar 1944 
End service 

Reconstructed as Type 15 frigate during 1954.

Scrapped at Inverkeithing in March 1967.


Commands listed for HMS Wizard (R 72)

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1Lt.Cdr. Donald Terry McBarnet, RN21 Feb 1944mid 1944

2Lt.Cdr. Robert Hugh Hodgkinson, DSC, RN27 Dec 1944Jan 1946

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Notable events involving Wizard include:

10 Apr 1944
HMS Trusty (Lt. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSO, DSC, RN) conducts exercises with HMS Victorious (Capt. M.M. Denny, CB, CBE, RN), HMS Verulam (Lt.Cdr. W.S. Thomas, DSC, RN) and HMS Wizard (Lt.Cdr. D.T. McBarnet, DSC, RN). (1)

9 Jun 1944
HMS Wizard (Lt.Cdr. D.T. McBarnet, DSC, RN) sustained major structural damage from the explosion of her own, accidentally dropped, depth charges. 6 members of the crew lost their lives in this mishap.

Media links

British destroyers & frigates

Norman Friedman

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


  1. ADM 173/19124

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

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