HMS Wheatland

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HMS Wheatland WWII IWM FL 10687.jpg
Wheatland during the Second World War
Career (United Kingdom)
Name: HMS Wheatland
Ordered: 4 September 1939
Builder: Yarrow Shipbuilders
Laid down: 30 May 1940
Launched: 7 June 1941
Commissioned: 3 November 1941
Decommissioned: 19 June 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 Wheatland man twin 4-inch anti-aircraft guns

While being deployed with HMS Avon Vale, on 1 November, Wheatland engaged German surface craft south of the island of Lussino, sinking the torpedo boat TA-20, 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.