HMS Wild Goose (1943) SL (1st)
This the only ship to carry the name HMS Wild Goose was a
Modified Black Swan (1942), escort vessel (sloop).
Built by Yarrow, laid down 28-Jan-1942, launched 14-Oct-1942 and completed 11-Mar-1943.
On completion joined the 2nd Escort Group and remained there until the war ended.
Sank U-449 on 24-Jun-1943 in the Atlantic, and U-504 in the Bay of Biscay on 30-Jul. Then it was back to the Atlantic where U-842 was sunk on 06-Nov-1943, her last success of the year.
Repairs at Liverpool took from Dec-1943 to Jan-44, after which U-592 was sunk on 31-Jan, U-734 on 09-Feb, U-424 on 11-Feb, U-653 on 15-Mar, and U-473 on 05-May.
After a brief period of repair at Liverpool it was service for the Normandy invasion until 07-Jul when she went for an eight week refit at Belfast.
Her final sinking of the war was U-1208 on 27-Feb-1945.
When the war in Europe ended she refitted at Leith from 12-Jun to 17-Sep to prepare her for service in the Pacific.
With the end of WW2 she was laid up until the end of 1946 when she went to the Gulf until 1955.
Returned to the UK to go into reserve, and was sold Feb-1956.
Arrived at Bo'ness 27-Feb-1956 for breaking up.
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30 May, 2012.
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