ORP Dragon (D 46)
Light cruiser of the D class
|Navy||The Polish Navy|
|Built by||Scotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland)|
|Laid down||Jan 1917|
|Launched||29 Dec 1917|
|Commissioned||15 Jan 1943|
|Lost||8 Jul 1944|
This ship was manned by men from the Polish navy from 15 January 1943.
She was damaged 8th July 1944 (37 killed and 14 injured) off the Normandy beaches and expended as breakwater.
|Former name||HMS Dragon|
Commands listed for ORP Dragon (D 46)
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|1||Kmdr Eugeniusz Jozef Stanislaw Plawski, ORP||15 May 1943||12 Jan 1944|
|2||Kmdr por. Stanislaw Tytus Dzienisiewicz, ORP||12 Jan 1944||15 Jul 1944|
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Notable events involving Dragon include:
9 Jun 1944
At 0310B/9, HMS Rodney (Capt. R.O. Fitzroy, RN), opened fire with her 16" main battery. Fire was ceased 0350B/9. Target had been elements of the 21st SS Panzer Division.
At 0410B/9, fire was opened again with the 16" main battery. At 0450B/9 fire was ceased. Target was again the 21st SS Panzer Division.
At 0505B/9, HMS Rodney weighted anchor and got underway. She dropped anchor closer inshore at 0618B/9.
At 0903B/9, she opened fire with her port 6" battery. [unknown when fire was ceased.] The target had been a German troop concentration.
at 1102B/9, the port 6" battery again opened fire on a German troop concentration. [unknown when fire was ceased.]
At 1441B/9, fire was opened with the 16" main battery on the Houlgate shore battery. Fire was ceased at 1449B/9.
At 1514B/9, the port 6" battery opened fire. Fire was ceased at 1540B/9. The target had again been German troops.
At 1610B/9, HMS Rodney got underway only to drop anchor again 6 minutes later.
At 1635B/9, her port 6" battery again opened fire which was ceased at 1654B/9.
At 1657B/9, HMS Rodney weighted anchor again and got underway. Shorty afterwards she engaged German fighter aircraft with her AA guns.
At 1807B/9, HMS Rodney set course to departed the bombardment area for Milford Haven together with ORP Dragon (Cdr. S.T. Dzienisiewicz). They were escorted by the escort destroyer HMS Bleasdale (Cdr. H.M.S. Mundy, RN) and the frigate Riou (Lt. F.L. Boyer, RN). They arrived at Milford Haven to re-ammunition around 1600B/10. (4)
- ADM 173/19312
- ADM 173/19199
- ADM 173/19121
- ADM 53/120411
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.