Allied Warships

ORP Krakowiak (L 115)

Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type II) class

NavyThe Polish Navy
TypeEscort destroyer
ClassHunt (Type II) 
PennantL 115 
Built byJ.S. White & Co. (Cowes, U.K.) 
Ordered4 Sep 1939 
Laid down5 Dec 1939 
Launched4 Dec 1940 
Commissioned28 May 1941 
End service 
History

Ordered as HMS Silverton, but transferred to the Polish Navy before completion.
Returned in September 1946.
Scrapped at Grays in March 1959.

 
Former nameHMS Silverton

Commands listed for ORP Krakowiak (L 115)

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CommanderFromTo
1Kpt. mar. Tadeusz Gorazdowski, ORP28 May 19413 Apr 1942

2Kpt. mar. Jan Tchorznicki, ORP22 May 194214 Jun 1943
3Kmdr ppor. Wszechwlad Maracewicz, ORP14 Jun 194331 Oct 1944
4Kpt. mar. Wlodzimierz Loskoczynski, ORP21 Nov 19446 Jan 1946

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Notable events involving Krakowiak include:


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.


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