Allied Warships

ORP Sokol (N 97)

Submarine of the U class

NavyThe Polish Navy
TypeSubmarine
ClassU 
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 
History

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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CommanderFromTo
1Kpt. mar. Borys Karnicki, ORP19 Jan 194123 Feb 1942
2Kpt. mar. Jerzy 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
6Por. mar. Tadeusz Bernas, ORP7 Feb 194517 Jun 1945
7Kmdr ppor. Boleslaw Romanowski, ORP17 Jun 194529 Sep 1945
8Por. mar. Tadeusz Bernas, ORP29 Sep 19453 Aug 1946

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27 Jan 1941
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) departed her builders yard at Barrow for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr. (retired) C.C. Flemming, RN).

28 Jan 1941
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) arrived at Holy Loch to begin a period of trials and training.

18 Feb 1941
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) departed Holy Loch for Dundee. She was escorted by HMS White Bear (Cdr. (retired) C.C. Flemming, RN).

20 Feb 1941
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) arrived at Dundee.

22 Feb 1941
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) shifted from Dundee to Rosyth. At Rosyth she participated in A/S exercises.

28 Feb 1941
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) was docked at Rosyth.

5 Mar 1941
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) was undocked.

19 Mar 1941
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) shifted from Rosyth to Dundee.

23 Mar 1941
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) with HMS Undaunted (Lt. J.L. Livesey, RN) escorted by HMS Leda (Cdr. R.C.V. Ross, DSO, RN), departed Dundee for Harwich. They were joined off Blyth by HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) and HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN).

24 Mar 1941
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) arrived at Harwich.

25 Mar 1941
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) departed Harwich for Portsmouth together with HMS Undaunted (Lt. J.L. Livesey, RN), HMS Sealion (Cdr. B. Bryant, DSC, RN) and HMS Sunfish (Lt. G.R. Colvin, RN). They were escorted by HMS Sheldrake (Cdr. (retired) E.H. Hopkinson, RN).

26 Mar 1941
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) arrived at Portsmouth. She departed for her 1st war patrol later the same day. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay.

15 Apr 1941
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) ended her 1st war patrol at Portsmouth. At Portsmouth she was docked for defects (dates currently unknown to us).

7 May 1941
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) departed Portsmouth for her 2nd war patrol. Before proceeding on patrol a deep dive had to be made to test repairs to her pressure hull.

Sokol was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay.

24 May 1941
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) ended her 2nd war patrol at Portsmouth.

5 Jun 1941
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) departed Portsmouth for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay.

23 Jun 1941
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) ended her 3rd war patrol at Portsmouth.

7 Jul 1941
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) departed Portsmouth for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay.

15 Jul 1941
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) attacked the German passenger/cargo vessel Baudouinville (13761 GRT, built 1939, former Belgian) with four torpedoes west of Île d'Yeu, France. No hits were obtained.

(All times are zone -1)
0405 hours - Sighted a 10000 tons passenger/cargo vessel thought to the a supply ship at a range of 2500 yards. She was escorted by what were thought to be two destroyers. Started attack.

0424 hours - In position 46°41'N, 02°30'W fired four torpedoes from 1000 yards. No hits were obtained. No counter attack with depth charges followed though it was thought that single gunshots were heard at 0440 and 0445 hours.

23 Jul 1941
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) ended her 4th war patrol at Portsmouth.

12 Aug 1941
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) departed Portsmouth for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay.

26 Aug 1941
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) ended her 5th war patrol at Portsmouth.

2 Sep 1941
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) departed Portsmouth for Gibraltar. Sokol was to proceed to Malta to join the 10th Submarine Flotilla based there.

15 Sep 1941
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) arrived at Gibraltar.

19 Sep 1941
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) departed Gibraltar for her 6th war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean). Sokol was to patrol off Cape San Vito, Sicily to provide cover for convoy opertion Halberd. Upon completion of her patrol she was to proceed to Malta.

25 Sep 1941
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) arrived in her patrol area.

1 Oct 1941
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) ended her 6th war patrol (1st in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

4 Oct 1941
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) departed Malta for her 7th war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to proceed to position 33°45'N, 12°46'E to search for the crew of a crashed RAF Blenheim bomber.

6 Oct 1941
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) ended her 7th war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean) at Malta. Weather conditions had not been very good and the aircrew could not be found.

9 Oct 1941
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) departed Malta for her 8th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol to the southward of Lampion Island to intercept an enemy convoy en-route to Tripoli from Naples.

11 Oct 1941
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) ended her 8th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

23 Oct 1941
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) departed Malta for her 9th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Tyrrhenian Sea.

28 Oct 1941
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) fired four torpedoes against the Italian armed merchant cruiser Città di Palermo (5413 GRT, built 1930) west Ischia Island, Italy in position 40°42'N, 13°47'E. The torpedoes missed their target.

(All times are zone -1)
1030 hours - Sighted a convoy made up of a liner and four cargo vessels. They were escorted by two destroyers. Started attack.

1048 hours - Fired four torpedoes from 6000 yards. Sokol broke surface shortly after firing. She remained at 10 feet for about 30 seconds.

1054 hours - One explosion was heard, this was thought to be a hit.

1100 hours - Sokol was now at 240 feet. 10 depth charges were dropped about 2 nautical miles astern.

2 Nov 1941
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) sank the Italian merchant Balilla (2469 GRT, built 1920) about 20 nautical miles north-west of Capo San Vito, Sicily, Italy near position 38°22'N, 12°20'E. Balilla was en-route from Sousse, Tunisia to Palermo, Sicily.

(All times are zone -1)
0138 hours - In position 38°05'N, 12°03'E sighted one vessel 10 nautical miles north of Marittimo at a range of about 4 nautical miles. Enemy course was 070°.

0140 hours - Dived to hear the HE, 70 revs.

0145 hours - Surfaced and closed. The target was seen to be a 3000 ton merchant vessel.

0158 hours - Fired two torpedoes from 1000 yards. No hits.

0201 hours - Closed to 400 yards.

0203 hours - Fired another torpedo but it had a gyro failure. The ship was now stopped and being abandoned.

0204 hours - Closed the vessel even further. Fired 34 rounds. All were hits. The last 20 were fired from only 50 yards and aimed at the waterline.

0215 hours - Resumed course to return to Malta.

3 Nov 1941
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) ended her 9th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

13 Nov 1941
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) departed Malta for her 10th war patrol (5th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off the west coast of Greece.

19 Nov 1941
At 0830 hours (zone -2), ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki), ran into the net defence of Navarino Bay while attempting to enter the bay to attack enemy ships inside it. She managed to break out of the net defence and retired to seaward having sustained some minor damage.

21 Nov 1941
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) attacked but missed the Italian destroyer Strale inside Navarino Bay.

(All times are zone -2)
1205 hours - Closed the entrance to Navarino Bay. Two destroyers were seen inside the bay, an Avieri (Soldati) class and a Spica class (torpedo boat). No merchant ships was seen from our position. Decided to attack the Avieri class destroyer.

1540 hours - Fired two torpedoes.

1542 hours - Fired a third torpedo but it had a gyro failure and it ran across Sokol which was fortunately not hit.

1543 hours - Heard two torpedo explosions thought to be hits as further gurgling sounds and smaller explosions were heard on the Asdic. Sokol retired to the north-west.

27 Nov 1941
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) ended her 10th war patrol (5th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

12 Dec 1941
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) departed Malta for her 11th war patrol (6th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to to patrol in the Ionian Sea in a patrol line with HMS Upholder (Lt.Cdr. M.D. Wanklyn, DSO, RN), HMS P 31 (Lt. J.B.de B. Kershaw, RN) and HMS P 34 (Lt. P.R.H. Harrison, DSC, RN).

23 Dec 1941
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) ended her 11th war patrol (6th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

4 Jan 1942
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) departed Malta for her 12th war patrol (7th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Gulf of Taranto in a patrol line together with HMS Unbeaten (Lt.Cdr. E.A. Woodward, RN) and HMS Thrasher (Lt. H.S. Mackenzie, RN).

22 Jan 1942
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) ended her 12th war patrol (7th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

6 Feb 1942
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) departed Malta for her 13th war patrol (8th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol east of Tunisia.

12 Feb 1942
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar 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.

(All times are zone -2(?) )
1620 hours - Sighted three masts of a sailing vessel bearing 230°. Range was 3 nautical miles. Enemy course 340°. The schooner was within French territorial waters.

1721 hours - The schooner stopped and displayed navigation lights. She was still within French territorial waters.

1746 hours - The schooner switched off her navigation lights and got underway again.

1925 hours - Surfaced. Full speed ahead to intercept. Range to the schooner was about 6 nautical miles.

2020 hours - Went to action stations.

2100 hours - Fired 3 rounds at the schooner from 300 yards, 2 hits were obtained. The schooner stopped at once and the crew abandoned ship.

2115 hours - Sent over a boarding party. They took off a whole bunch of papers. Two holds were found loaded with coal.

2120 hours - The boarding party left the schooner having placed a demolition charge.

2115 hours - A terrific explosion blew the stern of the schooner. Position was 34°15'N, 10°55'E. Sokol then cleared the area.

14 Feb 1942
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) attacked an Italian destroyer or torpedo boat with three torpedoes north of Zuara, Libya. No hits were obtained.

(All times are zone -2)
0115 hours - In position 33°18'N, 12°00'E a silhoutte was sighted bearing 230°, range 3 nautical miles.

0152 hours - Started attack. The target was probably a destroyer.

0157 hours - Fired a salvo of three torpedoes from 2000 / 2500 yards. The third torpedo had a gyro failure and ran 45° to starboard. No hits were obtained. The target continued on its way and the attack appeared no to have been noticed.

20 Feb 1942
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) ended her 13th war patrol (8th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

3 Mar 1942
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) departed Malta for her 14th war patrol (9th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in an area between Pantelleria and Lampedusa.

10 Mar 1942
In the late afternoon / early evening, ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski), was depth charged south of Pantelleria in approximate position 36°26'N, 11°57'E while trying to attack an 8000 tons ememy merchant vessel escorted by a destroyer and three aircraft. Sokol got clear by 1930 hours.

16 Mar 1942
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) ended her 14th war patrol (9th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

26 Mar 1942
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) was near-missed during an air raid on Malta.

1 Apr 1942
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) is damaged during an air raid on Malta.

17 Apr 1942
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) departed Malta for Gibraltar where she was to be repaired. During the passage only the port propeller could be used due to damage to the starboard one.

28 Apr 1942
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) arrived at Gibraltar for repairs.

21 Jun 1942
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) departed Gibraltar for Holy Loch. During her repairs at Gibraltar it had been decided to sent Sokol back to the U.K. for a full refit.

9 Jul 1942
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) arrived at Holy Loch. During the passage north through the Irish Sea she had been escorted by HrMs Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.L.M. van Geen, RNN).

12 Jul 1942
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) departed Holy Loch for Blyth. She was escorted by HrMs Jan van Gelder (Lt. P.L.M. van Geen, RNN).

15 Jul 1942
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) arrived at Blyth where she was to refit.

18 Jul 1942
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) was taken in hand for refit at Blyth.

20 Nov 1942
With her refit completed, ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski), departed Blyth for Dundee.

21 Nov 1942
Off Dundee, ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski), was joined by the Dutch submarine HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN) for onward passage to Holy Loch. They were escorted by the British ASW trawler HMS Preston North End (Lt. K.A. Vasey, MBE, RNR). On the 23th the British ASW trawler HMS Quadrille (T/Lt. N.T. Chetwood, RNVR) took over the escort.

24 Nov 1942
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) arrived at Holy Loch to begin a period of trials and training.

13 Dec 1942
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) departed from Holy Loch for Lerwick. Passage north towards Lerwick was made together with HMS Torbay (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN) and HMS P 339 (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, DSO, RN). They were escorted by HMS Cape Palliser (Lt. B.T. Wortley, RNR).

15 Dec 1942
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) arrived at Lerwick. The submarine arrived at Lerwick with a delay of 10 hours due to bad weather. After two hours at anchor in port the anchor was lost and Sokol grounded but sustained no damage. She then left Lerwick to ride out the gale outside the harbour.

16 Dec 1942
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) re-entered Lerwick harbour for fuel, provisions and patrol orders. She departed Lerwick at 1100 hours for her 15th war patrol. She was to provide cover for convoy operations to and from Northern Russia.

2 Jan 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) ended her 15th war patrol at Lerwick. She departed for Dundee later the same day. She made the passage together with HrMs O 14 (Lt.Cdr. H.A.W. Goossens, RNN). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR).

4 Jan 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) arrived at Dundee.

22 Jan 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She made the passage together with FFS Junon (Cdr. J. Querville, RN). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR).

24 Jan 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) arrived at Lerwick. She departed Lerwick later the same day for her 16th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Bredsund, Norway.

8 Feb 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) ended her 16th war patrol at Lerwick.

Later the same day she departed Lerwick for Dundee. She made the passage together with HMS P 224 (Lt. J.R. Drummond, DSC, RN), HrMs O 15 (Lt. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) and FFS Junon (Cdr. J. Querville, RN). They were escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR).

10 Feb 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) arrived at Dundee.

18 Mar 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) departed Dundee for Holy Loch. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. K.W. Richardson, RNR) until about Scapa Flow when HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR) took over the escort.

21 Mar 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) arrived at Holy Loch.

22 Mar 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) departed Holy Loch for Gibraltar. Passage south through the Irish Sea was made together with HMS Uproar (Lt. L.E. Herrick, DSC, RN). They were escorted during the passage south through the Irish Sea by HMS La Capricieuse (Lt.Cdr. G.W. Dobson, RNR).

En-route she was ordered to intercept an outbound German blockade runner making this passage her 17th war patrol.

7 Apr 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) ended her 17th war patrol at Gibraltar.

15 Apr 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) departed Gibraltar for her 18th war patrol (10th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Gulf of Lyons.

28 Apr 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) ended her 18th war patrol (10th in the Mediterranean) at Algiers. The patrol had been uneventful.

5 May 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) departed Algiers for Malta.

6 May 1943
At 0019 hours (zone -1), ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski), sighted three torpedoes tracks at a range of 1000 yards in position 37°28'N, 03°56'E. The Officer of the Watch, S.Lt. Fritz, promptly turned away and none of the torpedoes hit.

12 May 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) arrived at Malta.

31 May 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) departed Malta for her 19th war patrol (11th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off the east coast of Calabria.

8 Jun 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) missed the Italian schooner Papa Michele (182 GRT) with two torpedoes off Companello, Calabria, Italia.

(All times are zone -2)
1050 hours - Sighted a schooner under sail coming from the direction of Punta Stilo. Range was 7000 yards.

1215 hours - In position 38°45'N 16°35'E fired two torpedoes from 120 yards. No hits were obtained, most likely the torpedoes ran under. The target was seen turning away and closed the coast.

12 Jun 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) ended her 19th war patrol (11th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

1 Jul 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) departed Malta for her 20th war patrol (12th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol north of the Straits of Messina.

19 Jul 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) arrived at Bizerta.

23 Jul 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) departed Bizerta for Malta. She made the passage together with HMS Unruly (Lt. J.P. Fyfe, RN) and HMS Ultor (Lt. G.E. Hunt, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Bude (Lt. F.A.J. Andrew, RN) and HMS Clacton (A/Lt.Cdr. (retired) L.S. Shaw, RNR).

24 Jul 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) ended her 20th war patrol (12th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

11 Aug 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) departed Malta for her 21th war patrol (13th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off Bari, Italy.

15 Aug 1943
Early in the evening, ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski), sighted smoke from an enemy convoy in position 41°15'N, 17°16'E. She closed to attack but before she could do so the convoy was attacked by ORP Dzik. A hunt by Italian A/S vessels was now started and Sokol unfortunately was on the receiving end and she was hunted and depth charged for almost the whole evening.

18 Aug 1943
In the afternoon, while patrolling close to the Bari harbour entrance, ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski), had to brake off an attack on an enemy convoy when she was forced deep by one of the escorts. It appeared Sokol was detected but no depth charging followed. Aircraft patrolled the area for the remainer of the day.

22 Aug 1943
While passing the Otranto Straits, at 0136 hours, ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski), sighted a U-boat abaft the port beam. Range was below 1000 yards. Sokol tried to get into an attack position for a gun attack but failed to do so. At 0137 hours Sokol dived but the U-boat could not be seen through the periscope. When Sokol surfaced at 0150 hours the U-boat was sighted again and Sokol set off in pursuit only to be forced to dive again four minutes later when three E-boats were seen to be approaching.

25 Aug 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) ended her 21th war patrol (13th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

6 Sep 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) departed Malta for her 22th war patrol (14th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol off Brindisi, Italy.

10 Sep 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski)

11 Sep 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski)

12 Sep 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski)

13 Sep 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski)

16 Sep 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) ended her 22th war patrol (14th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

26 Sep 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) departed Malta for her 23th war patrol (15th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the northern Adriatic.

4 Oct 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski)

7 Oct 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) torpedoed and sank the Italian passenger vessel (in German service) Eridania (7095 GRT) off Cape Promontore (today Cape Kamenjak in Kroatia).

11 Oct 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) ended her 23th war patrol (15th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

15 Oct 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) departed Malta for Beirut.

20 Oct 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) arrived at Beirut.

4 Nov 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) departed Beirut for her 24th war patrol (16th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Aegean.

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

18 Nov 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) sank a sailing vessel with gunfire of Santorini island, Greece.

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

22 Nov 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) ended her 24th war patrol (16th in the Mediterranean) at Beirut.

25 Nov 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) departed Beirut for Port Said where she was to dock.

26 Nov 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) arrived at Port Said.

28 Nov 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) was docked at Port Said. (1)

29 Nov 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) was undocked. (1)

30 Nov 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) departed Port Said for Beirut.

1 Dec 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) arrived at Beirut.

6 Dec 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) departed Beirut for her 25th war patrol (17th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Aegean.

11 Dec 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski)

12 Dec 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) sank four Greek sailing vessels with gunfire off Lemnos Island, Greece.

15 Dec 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski)

16 Dec 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) sank a Greek sailing vessel with gunfire east of Mudros, Lemnos Island, Greece.

17 Dec 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) 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.

24 Dec 1943
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) ended her 25th war patrol (17th in the Mediterranean) at Beirut.

9 Jan 1944
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) departed Beirut for her 26th war patrol (18th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Aegean.

12 Jan 1944
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) 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.

15 Jan 1944
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski)

28 Jan 1944
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) ended her 26th war patrol (18th in the Mediterranean) at Beirut.

12 Feb 1944
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) departed Beirut for her 27th war patrol (19th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Aegean.

25 Feb 1944
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) ended her 27th war patrol (19th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

6 Mar 1944
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) departed Malta for Gibraltar. Sokol is to return to the U.K. to refit.

Passage to Gibraltar was made in convoy MKS 42 together with HMS Torbay (Lt. R.J. Clutterbuck, RN).

12 Mar 1944
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) arrived at Gibraltar.

20 Mar 1944
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) departed Gibraltar for Plymouth.

30 Mar 1944
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) arrived at Plymouth.

15 May 1944
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) departed Plymouth for Blyth via the Clyde.

21 May 1944
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) arrived at Blyth where she was to refit.

1 Jun 1944
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) was taken in hand for refit by the Blyth Blyth Dry Dock Co.

20 Sep 1944
having completed her refit, ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski), shifted from Blyth to the Tyne area.

22 Sep 1944
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski), shifted from the Tyne area to Rosyth.

25 Sep 1944
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) shifted from Rosyth to Dundee. At Dundee she was assingned to training duties for Polish submarine ratings and also for A/S training.

26 Oct 1944
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) shifted from Dundee to Leith.

29 Oct 1944
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) shifted from Leith to Dundee.

18 Nov 1944
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) departed Dundee for Lerwick. She made the passage together with FFS Rubis (Lt.Cdr. H.L.G. Rousselot). They were escorted by the British trawler HMS William Brady (T/A/Ch.Skr. J.G. Smith, RNR).

20 Nov 1944
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) arrived at Lerwick. She departed for her 28th war patrol later the same day. She was ordered to patrol off Skudesnes Fjord, Norway.

30 Nov 1944
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) ended her 28th war patrol at Leriwck.

1 Dec 1944
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) departed Lerwick for Dundee. She was escorted by HMS Loch Monteith (T/Lt. W.E. Turner, RNVR).

2 Dec 1944
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar J. Kolziolkowski) arrived at Dundee. She now resumed her training duties.

27 May 1945
ORP Sokol (Por. mar. Tadeusz Bernas, ORP) was docked at Dundee.

5 Jun 1945
ORP Sokol (Por. mar. Tadeusz Bernas, ORP) was undocked.

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Sources

  1. ADM 199/1916

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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