Allied Warships

ORP Slazak (L 26)

Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type II) class

NavyThe Polish Navy
TypeEscort destroyer
ClassHunt (Type II) 
PennantL 26 
Built byHawthorn Leslie & Co. (Hebburn-on-Tyne, U.K.) 
Ordered20 Dec 1939 
Laid down25 May 1940 
Launched23 Jul 1941 
Commissioned9 May 1942 
End service28 Sep 1946 

Loaned to the Polish Navy as ORP Slazak on 30 April, 1942.

She was returned to the Royal Navy on 28 Sept, 1946.

Former nameHMS Bedale

Commands listed for ORP Slazak (L 26)

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1Kmdr ppor. Romuald Nalecz-Tyminski, ORP30 Apr 194227 Oct 1942
2Kmdr ppor. Bohdan Wronski, ORP27 Oct 194218 Apr 1943
3Kmdr ppor. Romuald Nalecz-Tyminski, ORP18 Apr 194313 Sep 1944
4Kmdr ppor. Bohdan Wronski, ORP13 Sep 194417 Apr 1945
5Kpt. mar. Waclaw Fara, ORP17 Apr 194528 Sep 1946

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Notable events involving Slazak include:

5 Jun 1942
HMS P 45 (Lt. H.B. Turner, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Scapa Flow during the morning with HMAS Nepal (Cdr. F.B. Morris, RAN) and HrMs Tjerk Hiddes (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Kruys, RNethN) and in the afternoon with and in the afternoon with HMS Oakley (Lt.Cdr. T.A. Pack-Beresford, RN) and ORP Slazak (Kmdr ppor. (Lt.Cdr.) R. Nalecz-Tyminski, ORP). (1)

12 Jun 1942
HMS P 45 (Lt. H.B. Turner, RN) participated in A/S exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Speedwell (Lt.Cdr. J.J. Youngs, OBE, RD, RNR), ORP Slazak (Lt.Cdr. R. Nalecz-Tyminski, ORP), HMS Preston North End (Lt. K.A. Vasey, MBE, RNR) and HMS Davy (Skr. W.J. Salisbury, RNR). (1)

15 Jul 1942
HMS H 43 (Lt. A.R. Profit, DSC, RN) arrived at Plymouth where she conducted A/S exercises with HMS La Nantaise (Skr. S.J. Cory, RNR), HMS Kingston Chrysoberyl (A/Skr.Lt. M.A. Smith, RD, RNR), ORP Slazak (Lt.Cdr. R. Nalecz-Tyminski, ORP), HMS Ambrose Pare (Skr. J.W. Morris, RNR), HMS Olvina (Skr. J. Howson, RNR), HMS Cambridgeshire (T/Lt. H.F.B. Ashby, RNVR) and HMS Grimsby Town (Skr. W.A. Cormack, RNR). (2)

19 Aug 1942
ORP Slazak participated in the Dieppe Raid, bombarding numerous German shore artillery units, repulsing 30 air attacks and shooting down four Luftwaffe airplanes. For the action in Dieppe Raid, the commander of ORP Slazak, Lt.Cmdr. Romuald Tyminski received the Distinguished Service Cross.

13 Oct 1942
RAF Wireless Operator Bill Wright, DFC and other crewmen were rescued from the Atlantic after spending 3 days adrift in a dinghy when their aircraft had ditched after engine failure. (3)

12 May 1943
HMS Ultimatum (Lt. W.H. Kett, RNR) conducted A/S exercises off Scapa Flow with HMS Tumult (Lt.Cdr. N. Lanyon, RN), ORP Slazak (Lt.Cdr. R. Nalecz-Tyminski, ORP), HMS Charlestown (Lt. W.F.B. Webb, DSC, RN) and HMS Chiddingfold (Lt. T.M. Dorrien-Smith, RN). (4)


  1. ADM 173/17407
  2. ADM 173/17251
  3. Personal communication
  4. ADM 173/18316

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

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