HMS Wheatland

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HMS Wheatland WWII IWM FL 10687.jpg
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Wheatland
Ordered: 4 Sep 1939
Builder: Yarrow Shipbuilders
Laid down: 30 May 1940
Launched: 7 Jun 1941
Commissioned: 3 Nov 1941
Decommissioned: 19 Jun 1945
Honours and
awards:
Arctic 1942, North Africa 1942–43, Sicily 1943, Mediterranean 1943, Salerno 1943, Adriatic 1944
Fate: Scrapped at Bo'ness on 20 September 1959

HMS Wheatland was a Type 2 Hunt class destroyer of the Royal Navy that served in the Second World War.

Construction[edit]

Wheatland was ordered from Yarrow Shipbuilders, Scotstoun on 4 September 1939, one of 17 Hunt-class destroyers ordered on that day as part of the 1939 Emergency War Programme. The ship was laid down on 30 May 1940 and was launched on 7 June 1941, commissioning (with the pennant number L122[1]) on 3 November 1941.[2] She was named after "The Wheatland Hunt", an annual fox hunt held in Shropshire.[3]

Wartime service[edit]

Gunners on HMS Wheatstone man twin 4-inch anti-aircraft guns

While being deployed with HMS Avon Vale, on 1 November, the Wheatland engaged German surface craft south of the island of Lussino, sinking the Torpedo boat TA20, and the corvettes UJ202 and UJ208, and rescuing some of the survivors in Action of 1 November 1944.[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ English 1987, p. 106.
  2. ^ English 1987, p. 17.
  3. ^ "HMS Weatland". CRANSTON FINE ARTS. Retrieved Oct 23, 2012. 
  4. ^ O'Hara, Vincent P. (2004). The German fleet at war, 1939–1945. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press. pp. 179–181. ISBN 9781591146513. 

References[edit]

  • English, John (1987). The Hunts: A history of the design, development and careers of the 86 destroyers of this class built for the Royal and Allied Navies during World War II. World Ship Society. ISBN 0-905617-44-4.