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ROYAL NAVY AT FREETOWN (V W) - V W - 16 PAGES

10)WILD SWAN (DESTROYER)



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Completed: 1917


Displacement: 1,316 -1,339 tons


Length: 300 ft


Beam: 26, 9 ft


Draught: 9 ft standard, 11 ft 3 in deep


Propulsion: 3 Yarrow-type Water-tube boilers (White-Forster type in Valentine), Brown-Curtis steam turbines (Parsons in ValentineValhalla), 2 shafts, 27,500 shp


Armament: 4 x QF 4 in Mk.V (102mm L/45) guns, mount P Mk.I , 2 x QF 2 pdr Mk.II "pom-pom" (40 mm L/39) anti-aircraft guns, 4 (2x2) tubes for 21-inch (530 mm) torpedoes 


Speed: 34 Kts


Complement: 115


HMS Wild Swan served at south Atlantic Station base Freetown from June 1941 to June 1942 in several convoy Escort duties. 


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Monday, 23rd March 

Convoy S.L. 104 (27 ships) saile d from Freetown, escorted by H.M.S. WILD SWAN, H.M.S. VIOLET, H.M.S. SNOWDROP, H.M.S. BERGAMOT, and F.N.F.L. COMMANDANT DETROYAT.


Monday, 6th April

Convoy W.S. 17 United Kingdom to Middle East to India ("Winston's Specials") (29 ships), including ADAMANT, arrived at Freetown escorted by SHROPSHIRE, ALCANTARA, GROVE, WILD SWAN, ALDENHAM, LOOKOUT, KEREN, KARANJA, HYDRANGEA, and COMMANDANT DETROYAT. Also, MALAYA and HERMIONE, escorted by Captain (D) 19th Destroyer Flotilla in LAFOREY, DUNCAN, LIGHTNING, ACTIVE, and ANTHONY.


Saturday, 11th April 42

Convoy W.S. 17 B United Kingdom to Middle East to India ("Winston's Specials") (18 ships), including ADAMANT sailed, escorted by SHROPSHIRE, WILD SWAN, CROOME, HYDRANGEA, EXMOOR, COMMANDANT DROGOU and COMMANDANT DETROYANT.

 


Tuesday, 14th April

WILD SWAN was detached from convoy W.S. 18 B United Kingdom to Middle East to India ("Winston's Specials") to return to Freetown, and HYDRANGEA and COMMANDANT DROGOU to pick up 68 survivors from Cape Palmas and landed them at Freetown.


Fate: Sunk 16 Jun 1942 when ship came under attack by Uboats in Biscay Bay.123 Survivors rescued by HM Destroyer VANSITTART landed at Milford Haven.


By Don Kindell at www.naval-history.net


 

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