ORP Krakowiak (L 115)
Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type II) class
|Navy||The Polish Navy|
|Class||Hunt (Type II)|
|Built by||J.S. White & Co. (Cowes, U.K.)|
|Ordered||4 Sep 1939|
|Laid down||5 Dec 1939|
|Launched||4 Dec 1940|
|Commissioned||28 May 1941|
Ordered as HMS Silverton, but transferred to the Polish Navy before completion.
|Former name||HMS Silverton|
Commands listed for ORP Krakowiak (L 115)
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|1||Kpt. mar. Tadeusz Gorazdowski, ORP||28 May 1941||3 Apr 1942|
|2||Kpt. mar. Jan Tchorznicki, ORP||22 May 1942||14 Jun 1943|
|3||Kmdr ppor. Wszechwlad Maracewicz, ORP||14 Jun 1943||31 Oct 1944|
|4||Kpt. mar. Wlodzimierz Loskoczynski, ORP||21 Nov 1944||6 Jan 1946|
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Notable events involving Krakowiak include:
16 Jun 1941
HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. G. Quint, RNN(R)) conducted A/S exercises at / off Scapa Flow with ORP Krakowiak (Cdr. T. Gorazdowski, ORP), HMS Jupiter (Lt.Cdr. N.V.J.P. Thew, RN), HMS Bedouin (Cdr. J.A. McCoy, DSO, RN) and HMS Punjabi (Cdr. S.A. Buss, MVO, RN). (1)
18 Dec 1942
ORP Krakowiak picks up 55 survivors from the British merchant Bretwalda that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-563 about 330 nautical miles west-north-west of Cape Finisterre in position 44°35'N, 16°28'W.
26 Feb 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Plymouth with HMS Tynedale (Lt. J.J.S. Yorke, DSC, RN), ORP Krakowiak (Lt.Cdr. W. Maracewicz) and later with HMS Cornelian (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S. Gorrell, RNR). (2)
21 May 1943
HMS Thrasher (Lt.Cdr. A.R. Hezlet, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Plymouth with The British escort destroyers HMS Melbreak (Lt. G.E.C.G. Baines, RN) and ORP Krakowiak (Komandor Podporucznik (Lt.Cdr.) W. Maracewicz, ORP) in the morning and with HMS Wensleydale (Lt. W.P. Goodfellow, RNVR) and HMS Tanatside (Lt.Cdr. F.D. Brown, RN) in the afternoon. Upon completion of the A/S exercise in the afternoon Thrasher made a pracice attack on HMS Wensleydale. (3)
17 Nov 1943
Around 2100/17, HMS Penelope (Capt. G.D. Belben, DSC, AM, RN) departed Limmasol to make rendezvous with the destroyer HMS Fury (Lt.Cdr. T.F. Taylor, RN) and escort destroyers HMS Exmoor (Lt.Cdr. D.T. McBarnet, RN) and ORP Krakowiak (Lt.Cdr. W. Maracewicz) which were coming through the Rhodes Channel from Mandelyah Gulf.
Rendezvous was effected around 0545/18 after which course was set for Paphos, Cyprus where they arrived around 1040/28. HMS Fury and ORP Krakowiak were then fuelled by HMS Penelope. HMS Penelope then embarked Cdr. Orbay, Turkish Navy, most likely from HMS Fury. (4)
- File 2.12.03.6387 (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
- ADM 173/17921
- ADM 173/18225
- ADM 53/118345
- ADM 173/19580
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.