ORP Slazak (L 26)
Escort destroyer of the Hunt (Type II) class
|Navy||The Polish Navy|
|Class||Hunt (Type II)|
|Built by||Hawthorn Leslie & Co. (Hebburn-on-Tyne, U.K.)|
|Ordered||20 Dec 1939|
|Laid down||25 May 1940|
|Launched||23 Jul 1941|
|Commissioned||9 May 1942|
|End service||28 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 name||HMS Bedale|
Commands listed for ORP Slazak (L 26)
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|1||Kmdr ppor. Romuald Nalecz-Tyminski, ORP||30 Apr 1942||27 Oct 1942|
|2||Kmdr ppor. Bohdan Wronski, ORP||27 Oct 1942||18 Apr 1943|
|3||Kmdr ppor. Romuald Nalecz-Tyminski, ORP||18 Apr 1943||13 Sep 1944|
|4||Kmdr ppor. Bohdan Wronski, ORP||13 Sep 1944||17 Apr 1945|
|5||Kpt. mar. Waclaw Fara, ORP||17 Apr 1945||28 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)
- ADM 173/17407
- ADM 173/17251
- Personal communication
- ADM 173/18316
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.