Ships hit by U-boats

ORP Orkan

Polish Destroyer

NameORP Orkan
Type:Destroyer (M)
Tonnage1,920 tons
Completed1942 - Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Govan, Glasgow 
OwnerPolish Navy 
Date of attack8 Oct 1943Nationality:      Polish
FateSunk by U-378 (Erich Mäder)
Position56° 30'N, 26° 26'W - Grid AK 6328
Complement229 officers and men (186 dead and 43 survivors).
History Launched as HMS Myrmidon (G 90) for the Royal Navy, completed in November 1942 as ORP Orkan for the Polish Navy. 
Notes on event

At 07.05 hours on 8 October 1943, ORP Orkan (Cdr Stanislaw Hryniewiecki) was hit by a Gnat from U-378 while escorting convoy SC-143 and sank within five minutes. The commander, eleven officers, 167 ratings and seven British crew members were lost. One officer, 39 ratings and three British crew members were picked up by HMS Musketeer (G 86) (Cdr R.L. Fisher, OBE, DSO, RN).

At 21.58 hours on 7 October 1943, ORP Orkan had been missed by a Gnat from U-758 (Manseck) which detonated in her wake.

More infoMore on this vessel 
On boardWe have details of 190 people who were on board

If you can help us with any additional information on this vessel then please contact us.

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
(£ 38.25)

Return to Allied Ships hit by U-boats

As an Amazon Associate earns a commission from qualifying purchases.