ORP Orkan (G 90)
Destroyer of the M class
|Navy||The Polish Navy|
|Built by||Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Govan, Scotland)|
|Laid down||7 Dec 1939|
|Launched||2 Mar 1942|
|Commissioned||18 Nov 1942|
|Lost||8 Oct 1943|
|Loss position||56.30N, 26.26W|
Orkan means hurricane in English.
At 07.05 hours on 8 October 1943 ORP Orkan (Komandor Podporucznik Stanislaw Hryniewiecki) was hit by a Gnat from the German submarine U-378 while escorting convoy SC-143 in the north-Atlantic and sank within a few minutes in position 56º30'N, 26º26'W. One officer and 43 ratings survived and were picked up by the British destroyer HMS Musketeer. 178 Polish and 20 British crewmembers went down with the ship which also includes the Commanding officer Hryniewiecki.
Hit by U-boat
|U-boat Attack||See our U-boat attack entry for the ORP Orkan|
|Former name||HMS Myrmidon|
Commands listed for ORP Orkan (G 90)
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|1||Kmdr por. Stanislaw Hryniewiecki, ORP||18 Nov 1942||8 Oct 1943 (+)|
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Noteable events involving Orkan include:
20 Feb 1943
Between 20 February and 9 March 1943, ORP Orkan participates in escort of convoys: JW-53 and RA-53 (Loch Ewe - Murmansk - Loch Ewe).
4 Jul 1943
The Polish Supreme Chief General Wladyslaw Sikorski was killed when the Liberator aircraft transporting him back to the UK crashed on takeoff from Gibraltar. Later that month, ORP Orkan transferred his body from Gibraltar to the UK to be buried at the Polish War Cemetery in Newark-on-Trent, England.