HMS Wanderer (D74)

Casualty List

Navy: Royal Navy
Type: Destroyer
Class: Admiralty Modified W 
Pennant: D 74 
Built by: Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Govan, Scotland) 
Ordered: Jan, 1918 
Laid down: 7 Aug, 1918 
Launched: 1 May, 1919 
Commissioned: 18 Sep, 1919 
History: Reconstruction to Long Range Escort finished in January 1943.
  1 Sep, 1939
The Polish destroyers Burza (Lt.Cdr. S. Nahorski, ORP), Grom (Lt.Cdr. A. Hulewicz, ORP) and Blyskawica (Cdr. W. Kodrebski, ORP) were met in the North Sea by British aircraft and the British destroyers HMS Wallace (Lt.Cdr. W.M.L. Astwood, RN) and HMS Wanderer (Cdr R.F. Morice, RN). They were escorted to Leith.

25 Aug, 1940
The British merchant Jamaica Pioneer is torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-100 east of Rockall in position 5705'N, 1102'W. Later the British destroyers HMS Anthony (Lt.Cdr. N.J.V. Thew, RN) and HMS Wanderer (Cdr. J.H. Ruck-Keene, RN) pick up 55 survivors.

10 Oct, 1940
The British cruisers HMS Newcastle (Capt. E.A. Aylmer, DSC, RN) and HMS Emerald (Capt. F.C. Flynn, RN), with the British destroyers HMS Broke (Cdr. B.G. Scurfield, RN) and HMS Wanderer (either Cdr. J.H. Ruck-Keene, RN or Cdr. A.F.St.G. Orpen, RN) of the 17th DF and the Polish destroyers Garland (Cdr. K. Namiesniowski, ORP) and Burza (Cdr. A. Doroszkowski, ORP) act as a screen to the British battleship HMS Revenge (Capt. E.R. Archer, RN) during a bombardment of Cherbourg.

2 Jun, 1941
The German submarine U-147 torpedoed and sank the Belgian merchant ship Mokambo in position 5638'N 1024'W. In the followup attack by the convoy escort the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Wanderer (Cdr. A.F.St.G. Orpen, RN) and the corvette HMS Periwinkle (Lt.Cdr. P.G. MacIver, RN) depth charged the U-147 to destruction.

3 Jun, 1941
The British tanker Inversuir is torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-75 north of the Azores in position 4830'N, 2830'W. HMS Wanderer (Cdr. A.F.St.G. Orpen, RN) later picks up 9 survivors.

3 Aug, 1941
The German submarine U-401 in the North Atlantic south-west of Ireland, in position 5027'N, 1950'W, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Wanderer (Cdr. A.F.St.G. Orpen, RN), the Norwegian destroyer St. Albans (Lt.Cdr. S. Storheill) and the British corvette HMS Hydrangea (Lt. J.E. Woolfendon, RNR).

11 Jan, 1943
HMS Wanderer (Lt.Cdr. D.H.P. Gardiner, DSC, RN) picks up 46 survivors from the British merchant Ocean Vagabond that was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-186 south of Iceland in position 5717'N, 2011'W.

25 Aug, 1943
The German submarine U-523 was sunk in the North Atlantic west of Vigo, in position 4203'N, 1802'W, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Wanderer and the British corvette HMS Wallflower.

26 Aug, 1943
HMS Wanderer (Lt.Cdr. R.F. Whinney, RN) delievered an advance RAF party to Portugal to implement agreement signed on August 18th 1943 between Britain and Portugal for the use of the Azores to operate their aircraft.

17 Jan, 1944
The German submarine U-377 was sunk in the North Atlantic south-west of Ireland, in position 4939'N, 2010'W, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Wanderer and the British frigate HMS Glenarm.

5 Jul, 1944
The German submarine U-390 was sunk 1500hrs on 5 July 1944 in the Baie de la Seine, English Channel, in position 4952'N, 0048'W, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Wanderer and the British frigate HMS Tavy.

HMS Wanderer was sold on 31 January 1946 and broken up by Hughes Bolckow at Blyth. 

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