ORP Krakowiak (L 115)
Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type II) class
|Navy||The Polish Navy|
|Class||Hunt (Type II)|
|Built by||J.S. White & Co. (Cowes, U.K.)|
|Ordered||4 Sep 1939|
|Laid down||5 Dec 1939|
|Launched||4 Dec 1940|
|Commissioned||28 May 1941|
Ordered as HMS Silverton, but transferred to the Polish Navy before completion.
|Former name||HMS Silverton|
Commands listed for ORP Krakowiak (L 115)
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|1||Kpt. mar. Tadeusz Gorazdowski, ORP||28 May 1941||3 Apr 1942|
|2||Kpt. mar. Jan Tchorznicki, ORP||22 May 1942||14 Jun 1943|
|3||Kmdr ppor. Wszechwlad Maracewicz, ORP||14 Jun 1943||31 Oct 1944|
|4||Kpt. mar. Wlodzimierz Loskoczynski, ORP||21 Nov 1944||6 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.
26 Feb 1943
HMS P 511 (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Plymouth with HMS Tynedale (Lt. J.J.S. Yorke, DSC, RN), ORP Krakowiak (Lt.Cdr. W. Maracewicz) and later with HMS Cornelian (T/A/Lt.Cdr. S. Gorrell, RNR). (1)
- ADM 173/17921
- ADM 173/19580
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.