Allied Warships

ORP Dragon (D 46)

Light cruiser of the D class

NavyThe Polish Navy
TypeLight cruiser
PennantD 46 
Built byScotts Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. (Greenock, Scotland) 
Laid downJan 1917 
Launched29 Dec 1917 
Commissioned15 Jan 1943 
Lost8 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 nameHMS Dragon

Commands listed for ORP Dragon (D 46)

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1Kmdr Eugeniusz Jozef Stanislaw Plawski, ORP15 May 194312 Jan 1944
2Kmdr por. Stanislaw Tytus Dzienisiewicz, ORP12 Jan 194415 Jul 1944

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Notable events involving Dragon include:

4 Jan 1944
HMS Ursula (Lt. A.G. Davies, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with ORP Dragon (Cdr. S.T. Dzienisiewicz). (1)

11 Jan 1944
HMS Unbending (Lt. J.D. Martin, DSC, RN) conducted exercises in the Clyde area with ORP Dragon (Cdr. S.T. Dzienisiewicz). (2)

20 Jan 1944
During the afternoon HMS Trusty (Lt.Cdr.(Retd.) J.R.G. Harvey, RN) makes several practice attacks on ORP Dragon (Cdr. S.T. Dzienisiewicz). (3)

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)


  1. ADM 173/19312
  2. ADM 173/19199
  3. ADM 173/19121
  4. ADM 53/120411

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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