Wheatland during the Second World War
|Career (United Kingdom)|
|Ordered:||4 September 1939|
|Laid down:||30 May 1940|
|Launched:||7 June 1941|
|Commissioned:||3 November 1941|
|Decommissioned:||19 June 1945|
|Arctic 1942, North Africa 1942–43, Sicily 1943, Mediterranean 1943, Salerno 1943, Adriatic 1944|
|Fate:||Scrapped at Bo'ness on 20 September 1959|
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) on 3 November 1941. She was named after "The Wheatland Hunt", an annual fox hunt held in Shropshire.
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.
- 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.
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