HMS Wild Goose (U45)
HMS Wild Goose in April 1943
|Name:||HMS Wild Goose|
|Ordered:||13 April 1940|
|Laid down:||28 January 1942|
|Launched:||14 October 1942|
|Commissioned:||11 March 1943|
|Identification:||pennant number U45/F45|
|Motto:||Alert to evil|
|Fate:||Scrapped 26 February 1956|
|Badge:||On a field white, a Wild Goose in Flight Proper|
|Class and type:||Black Swan-class sloop|
HMS Wild Goose, pennant number U45, was a Black Swan-class sloop of the Royal Navy. She was one of several ships of that class that took part in the famous "six in one trip" in 1943 (in which six U-boats were sunk in one patrol).
She was built at Yarrow shipyards in Scotstoun, Glasgow. She was launched on 14 October 1942. She was adopted by the civil community of Worsley, Lancashire, as part of the Warship Week savings campaign in 1942.
On 22 May 1943, she was deployed on her first mission along with fellow sloops Wren, Woodpecker, Cygnet, Starling and Kite on anti-submarine operations supporting the outward passage of Atlantic Convoy ONS 8.
On 18 December 1943, she was taken in hand for repair in Liverpool, redeploying at the end of January 1944.
On 31 January 1944, she sank U-592 with Starling and Magpie, and later joined Woodpecker and Kite, taking part in the sinking of the German submarines U-762 (8 February 1944), U-238 & U-734 (9 February 1944), U-424 (11 February 1944) and U-653 (15 March 1944)
At the end of May 1944, she returned to Liverpool for more repairs, whilst here she was selected to take part in Operation Neptune to prevent U-Boat attacks on the D-Day invasion convoys. On 1 July 1944, she was released from Neptune and dispatched to Belfast for refit, completing in September 1944.
During February and March 1945, she was deployed to the English Channel, taking part in the sinking of U-327 by the frigate Labuan and sinking U-683 herself. Following VE day, on 6 May 1945, she was nominated for transfer to the British Pacific Fleet following her second refit. By the time the refit had completed in September 1945 the Japanese had surrendered and Wild Goose was therefore surplus to requirements and was Paid off and reduced to reserve status.
She was later recommissioned in 1946 and deployed to the Persian Gulf, spending the rest of her service career in the Middle East before finally decommissioning in 1955.
The ships badge was saved from the breakers yard and donated to Liverpool National Maritime Museum.
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