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Destroyer histories. Royal naval W and Z class destroyers. Destroyer website dedicated to the history of HMS Kempenfelt, HMS Wager, HMS Wakeful, HMS Wessex, HMS Whelp, HMS Whirlwind, HMS Wizard, HMS Wrangler, HMS Myngs, HMS Zambesi, HMS Zebra, HMS Zenith, HMS Zephyr, HMS Zest and HMS Zodiac from their launch to their participation in major wars also notice board for families of ex-crew of W and Z Class destroyers.  The W Class was the Class to be completed with 4.7 - inch L A main armament guns and was the first entire class to be completed with lattice Masts.

HMS Whirlwind.  Built by Hawthorne Leslie and launched on the 30th August 1943.  Served in the Home Fleet until 1945 then transferred to the Pacific Theatre. (with all sister ships of W class). In 1953 she was converted into a Frigate and  finally she was used as a target in 1974 and sunk.

HMS Whelp. Built by Hawthorn Leslie and launched 3rd June 1943 she served in the Home fleet until 1945 then the pacific. In 1952 she was sold to South Africa.

Displacement : 1710 tons (HMS Kempenfelt and HMS Myngs 1730 tons)  Speed : 36? knots.  Complement 186 (HMS Kempenfelt and HMS Myngs 222).  Armament : Four 4.7in (W Class) or Four 4.6in (Z Class) DP, Two 40mm AA and Eight 20mm AA or Four 40mm AA and Four 20mm AA or Six 40mm AA guns.  Eight 21in TT

HMS Kempenfelt   R03(ex Valentine) 8th May 1943 Transferred to Yugoslavia 1956. becoming Kotor 
HMS Wager  R.98 1st November 1943 Transferred to Yugoslavia 1956.
HMS Wakeful  R.59  (ex Zebra) 30th June 1943 Broken up  July 1971at Inverkeithing 
HMS Wessex  R.78  (ex Zeneth) 2nd September 1943 Transferred to South Africa 1950. becoming Riebeeck
HMS Whelp  R.37 3rd June 1943 Transferred to South Africa 1953. becoming Simon van Der Stel
HMS Whirlwind  R.87 30th August 1943 Sunk as a target 1974.
HMS Wizard   R.72 29th September 1943 Broken up  March 1967.at Inverkeithing 
HMS Wrangler  R.48 30th December 1943 Transferred to South Africa 1956. becoming Vrystaat 
HMS Myngs  R.06 31st May 1943 Transferred to Egypt 1955. becoming El Qahar
HMS Zambesi  R.66 21st November 1943 Broken up 12th February 1959. at Briton Ferry 
HMS Zealous  R.39  28th February 1944 Transferred to Israel 1955. becoming Elath 
HMS Zebra  R.81  (ex wakeful) 8th March 1944 Broken up 12th February  1959 at Newport  
HMS Zenith R.95 5th June 1944 Transferred to Egypt 1955 becoming El Fateh
HMS Zephyr  R.19 15th July 1944 Broken up  2nd July 1958. at Dunston
HMS Zest  R.02 14th October 1943 Broken up  August 1970. at Dalmuir
HMS Zodiac  R.54 11th March 1944 Transferred to Israel 1955. becoming Yaffa 
HMS Whelp

HMS Whelp in Hong Kong after Japanese surrender

Photo supplied by Arthur Newton (ex P/JX514858) who was a crew member for its service from May 1944 until December 2nd 1945. In the Pacific Theatre pennant numbers were changed and accordingly HMS Whelp changed from R37 to D33.

HMS Whirlwind

HMS Whirlwind. 

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HMS Wrangler

HMS Wrangler, 1946

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HMS Myngs

HMS Myngs, June 1947.

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HMS Wizard

HMS Wizard entering Grand Harbour, Malta in 1956 after the 'Suez' crisis sent in by Spencer Shawcross who was an Able Seaman completing National service on 'Wizard' at the time.

My father served on HMS Wizard during WW2. I have just transcribed two letters from Captain Hodgkinson which detail the Wizards activities. I have attached both letters and thought you would find them useful. I will forward some photos in the near future.   Michael Kennedy    VIEW LETTERS HERE :                    LETTER 1                                  LETTER 2

HMS Zambesi

HMS Zambesi at Gibraltar.Contributed by email.

HMS Zebra

HMS Zebra laid up, October 1955.

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HMS Zephyr

HMS Zephyr, September 1948.

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HMS Zephyr, August 1946.

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HMS Zephyr, August 1946.

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HMS Zephyr, December 1944.

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HMS Zest

HMS Zest, for scrapping, August 1970.

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HMS Zest, July 1958.

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HMS Zest, March 1949.

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HMS Zest, September 1947.

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HMS Zodiac

HMS Zodiac, 1945.

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