ORP Jastrzab (P 551)
Submarine of the S-1 class
|Navy||The Polish Navy|
|Built by||Bethlehem Steel Corp. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.)|
|Laid down||26 Oct 1918|
|Launched||29 May 1920|
|Commissioned||4 Nov 1941|
|Lost||2 May 1942|
|Loss position||71° 30'N, 12° 32'E|
The Polish submarine ORP Jastrzab (P 551) lost on 2 May 1942 in position 71° 30'N, 12° 32'E.
Originally the US submarine S-25. She was decommissioned and given to the Royal Navy on 4 November 1941. Because of a shortage of trained submarine crews within the Royal Navy the boat was lent to the Polish Navy which named her Jastrzab (Hawk).
Jastrzab (Kapitan Marynarki Boleslaw Romanowski) was mistakenly sunk by the Norwegian destroyer St. Albans and the British minesweeper HMS Seagull in the Norwegian Sea in position 71º30'N, 12º32'E. 5 men died and the Commanding officer survived though wounded.
|Former name||USS S-25|
Commands listed for ORP Jastrzab (P 551)
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|1||Boleslaw Romanowski, ORP||4 Nov 1941||2 May 1942|
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Notable events involving Jastrzab include:
26 Jan 1942
HNoMS Uredd (Lt. Røren) departed Holy Loch for Scapa Flow. Passage north was made together with ORP Jastrzab (Lt.Cdr. B. Romanowski) and FFS Rubis (Lt. H.L.G. Rousselot) which were en-route to Blyth and Dundee respectively. They were escorted by (until Scapa Flow) by HMS White Bear (Cdr.(Retd.) C.C. Flemming, RN). (2)
- ADM 199/400
- ADM 199/424
ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.