Allied Warships

ORP Orkan (G 90)

Destroyer of the M class

NavyThe Polish Navy
PennantG 90 
Built byFairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Govan, Scotland) 
Laid down7 Dec 1939 
Launched2 Mar 1942 
Commissioned18 Nov 1942 
Lost8 Oct 1943 
Loss position56° 30'N, 26° 26'W

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 42 ratings survived and were picked up by the British destroyer HMS Musketeer. 179 Polish and 7 British crew members went down with the ship which also includes the commanding officer Hryniewiecki.


Hit by U-boat
Sunk on 8 Oct 1943 by U-378 (Mäder).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the ORP Orkan
Former nameHMS Myrmidon

Commands listed for ORP Orkan (G 90)

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1Kmdr por. Stanislaw Hryniewiecki, ORP18 Nov 19428 Oct 1943 (+)

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Notable events involving Orkan include:

31 Dec 1942
HrMs O 15 (Lt. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Musketeer (Cdr. E.N.V. Currey, DSC, RN) and ORP Orkan (Cdr. S. Hryniewiecki, ORP). (1)

13 Jan 1943
HrMs O 15 (Lt. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with HMS Brecon (Lt.Cdr. T.D. Herrick, DSC and Bar, RN) and ORP Orkan (Cdr. S. Hryniewiecki, ORP). (1)

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). (2)

25 Jun 1943
ORP Orkan (Kmdr por S. Hryniewiecki) picks up two survivors from the British merchant Ford Concord that was torpedoed and sunk by German U-boat U-456 about 440 nautical miles north of the Azores in position 46°05'N, 25°20'W on 12 May.

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.

2 Sep 1943
HrMs O 15 (Lt.Cdr. A.J. Schouwenaar, RNN) conducted A/S exercises with ORP Orkan (Cdr. S. Hryniewiecki, ORP), HMS Malcolm (Lt. I.M. Clegg, RN), HMS Northern Wave (T/Lt. J.P. Kilbee, RNR) and HMS Cape Palliser (Lt. B.T. Wortley, RNR). (3)

Media links

U-Boat Attack Logs

Daniel Morgan and Bruce Taylor
($ 54.42)
(£ 45.00)
(EUR 43.78)

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.


  1. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)
  2. Personal communication
  3. File (Dutch Archives, The Hague, Netherlands)

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