Borys Karnicki, ORP

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  Kapitan Marynarki

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Warship Commands listed for Borys Karnicki, ORP


ShipRankTypeFromTo
ORP Wilk (N 63)Kpt. mar.Submarine19 Apr 19401 Aug 1940
ORP Sokol (N 97)Kpt. mar.Submarine19 Jan 194123 Feb 1942
ORP Sokol (N 97)Kpt. mar.Submarine17 Mar 194229 Jul 1942

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Submarine ORP Sokol (N 97)


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.(Retd.) 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.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN).

20 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) arrived at Dundee.

22 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) shifted from Dundee to Rosyth. At Rosyth she participated in A/S exercises.

28 Feb 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) was docked at Rosyth.

5 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) was undocked.

19 Mar 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
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 (position 0.00, 0.00)
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 (position 0.00, 0.00)
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 (position 0.00, 0.00)
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) ended her 2nd war patrol at Portsmouth.

5 Jun 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
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 (position 0.00, 0.00)
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) ended her 3rd war patrol at Portsmouth.

7 Jul 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
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 (position 46.41, -2.30)
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 (position 0.00, 0.00)
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) ended her 4th war patrol at Portsmouth.

12 Aug 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
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 (position 0.00, 0.00)
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) ended her 5th war patrol at Portsmouth.

2 Sep 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
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 (position 0.00, 0.00)
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 (position 0.00, 0.00)
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 (position 0.00, 0.00)
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 (position 0.00, 0.00)
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 (position 0.00, 0.00)
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) ended her 8th war patrol (3rd in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

23 Oct 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
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 (position 40.42, 13.47)
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 (position 38.22, 12.20)
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 (position 0.00, 0.00)
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) ended her 9th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

13 Nov 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
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 (position 0.00, 0.00)
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) ended her 10th war patrol (5th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

12 Dec 1941 (position 0.00, 0.00)
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 (position 0.00, 0.00)
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) ended her 11th war patrol (6th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

4 Jan 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
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 (position 0.00, 0.00)
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) ended her 12th war patrol (7th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.

6 Feb 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
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 (position 34.15, 10.55)
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 (position 33.18, 12.00)
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 (position 0.00, 0.00)
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) ended her 13th war patrol (8th 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 (position 0.00, 0.00)
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 (position 0.00, 0.00)
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 (position 0.00, 0.00)
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) arrived at Blyth where she was to refit.

18 Jul 1942 (position 0.00, 0.00)
ORP Sokol (Kpt.mar B. Karnicki) was taken in hand for refit at Blyth.


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