Allied Warships

ORP Sokol (N 97)

Submarine of the U class

NavyThe Polish Navy
PennantN 97 
Built byVickers Armstrong (Barrow-in-Furness, U.K.) 
Ordered4 Sep 1939 
Laid down9 Dec 1939 
Launched30 Sep 1940 
Commissioned28 Jan 1941 
End service3 Aug 1946 

HMS Urchin was loaned to the Polish Navy on 11 January 1941. She was commissioned as ORP Sokol (Falcon) on 28 January 1941.

She was returned to the Royal Navy on 3 August 1946. She was scrapped in 1949.

Former nameHMS Urchin

Commands listed for ORP Sokol (N 97)

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1Kpt. mar. Borys Karnicki, ORP19 Jan 194123 Feb 1942
2Jerzy Koziolkowski, ORP23 Feb 194217 Mar 1942
3Kpt. mar. Borys Karnicki, ORP17 Mar 194229 Jul 1942
4Kpt. mar. Jerzy Koziolkowski, ORP29 Jul 194212 Dec 1944
5Kmdr ppor. Boleslaw Romanowski, ORP12 Dec 19447 Feb 1945
6Kpt. mar. Tadeusz Bernas, ORP7 Feb 194517 Jun 1945
7Kmdr ppor. Boleslaw Romanowski, ORP17 Jun 194529 Sep 1945
8Kpt. mar. Tadeusz Bernas, ORP29 Sep 19453 Aug 1946

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Notable events involving Sokol include:

28 Oct 1941
ORP Sokol (Kapitan Marynarki Borys Karnicki) fires four torpedoes against the Italian Citta di Palermo (5413 GRT) west of Isola d'Ischia, Italy in position 40°42'N, 13°47'E. The torpedoes missed their target.

2 Nov 1941
ORP Sokol (Lt.Cdr. B. Karnicki) and HMS Utmost (Lt. J.D. Martin, RN) together sink the Italian merchant Balilla (2469 GRT) about 20 nautical miles north-west of Capo San Vito, Sicily, Italy in position 38°22'N, 12°20'E.

19 Nov 1941
Torpedoed and damaged the Italian destroyer Aviere (1645 tons) in Navarino harbour. (1)

21 Nov 1941
At 23.38 near Navarino Sokol (Kapitan Marynarki Borys Karnicki) damaged Italian tanker "Berbera" (2093 BRT), which is sunk 8 days later after British air attack.

12 Feb 1942
ORP Sokol (Lt.Cdr. B. Karnicki) sank the Italian auxiliary patrol vessel Giuseppina (392 GRT) with gunfire about 30 nautical miles south of Sfax, Tunisia in position 34°15'N, 10°55'E.

12 Sep 1943
Sokol sank the Italian customs vessel AS 71 / Meattini (36 GRT) through ramming off Brindisi, Italy.

7 Oct 1943
Around 0710 hours ORP Sokol torpedoed and sank the Italian passenger vessel (in German service) Eridania (7095 GRT) off Cape Promontore (today Cape Kamenjak in Kroatia).

11 Nov 1943
ORP Sokol sank the Greek sailing vessel Argentina (64 GRT) with gunfire off Amorgos, Greece.

18 Nov 1943
ORP Sokol sank a sailing vessel with gunfire of Santorini island, Greece.

19 Nov 1943
ORP Sokol sank two sailing vessels and the German auxiliary submarine chaser Mowe (60 GRT) with gunfire north of Crete.

12 Dec 1943
ORP Sokol sank four Greek sailing vessels with gunfire off Lemnos Island, Greece.

16 Dec 1943
ORP Sokol sank a Greek sailing vessel with gunfire east of Mudros, Lemnos Island, Greece.

17 Dec 1943
Around 0700hours ORP Sokol torpedoed and damaged the Bulgarian troop transport Balkan (3838 GRT) near Mudros, Lemnos Island, Greece.

The Balkan finally was sunk on 23 December by HMS Sportsman.

12 Jan 1944
ORP Sokol sank a Greek sailing vessel with gunfire about 15 nautical miles south-east of Cape Stili, Milos Island, Greece in position 36°30'N, 24°44'E.

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