Ships hit by U-boats


ORP Orkan

Polish Destroyer



NameORP Orkan
Type:Destroyer (M)
Tonnage1,920 tons
Completed1942 - Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Govan, Glasgow 
OwnerPolish Navy 
Homeport 
Date of attack8 Oct 1943Nationality:      Polish
 
FateSunk by U-378 (Erich Mäder)
Position56.30N, 26.26W - Grid AK 6328
Complement228 officers and men (184 dead and 44 survivors).
ConvoySC-143
Route 
Cargo 
History Launched as HMS Myrmidon (G 90) for the Royal Navy, completed in November 1942 as ORP Orkan for the Polish Navy. 
Notes on event

At 07.05 hours on 8 Oct, 1943, ORP Orkan (Cdr S. Hryniewiecki) was hit by a Gnat from U-378 while escorting the convoy SC-143 and sank within five minutes. The commander, ten officers, 166 ratings and seven British crew members were lost. One officer, 40 ratings and three British crew members were picked up by HMS Musketeer (G 86) (Cdr R.L. Fisher, OBE, DSO, RN).

At 21.58 hours on 7 Oct, 1943, ORP Orkan had been missed by a Gnat from U-758 (Manseck) which detonated in her wake.

 
On boardWe have details of 189 people who were on board

Location of attack on ORP Orkan.

ship sunk.


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U-Boat Attack Logs

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