Allied Warships

ORP Conrad (D 44)

Light cruiser of the D class

NavyThe Polish Navy
TypeLight cruiser
ClassD 
PennantD 44 
Built byArmstrong (Newcastle-on-Tyne, U.K.) : Wallsend 
Ordered 
Laid down1 Dec 1916 
Launched26 Jan 1918 
Commissioned4 Oct 1944 
End service28 Sep 1946 
History

Transferred to the Polish Navy on 4 October 1944.
She was returned to the Royal Navy on 28 September 1946.
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 26 January 1948.
Arrived to be scrapped at T.W. Ward at Barrow on 27 March 1948.

 
Former nameHMS Danae

Commands listed for ORP Conrad (D 44)

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CommanderFromTo
1Kmdr por. Stanislaw Tytus Dzienisiewicz, ORP4 Oct 194426 Jul 1945
2Kmdr por. Romuald Nalecz-Tyminski, ORP27 Jul 194528 Sep 1946

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Notable events involving Conrad include:


8 Mar 1945
During 8/9 March 1945, ships from the Home Fleet conducted exercises off Scapa Flow. These included night exercises. The ships that participated in the exercises were the battleship HMS Rodney (Capt. R.O. Fitzroy, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral H.R. Moore, KCB, CVO, DSO, RN, Commander-in-Chief Home Fleet), heavy cruisers HMS Berwick (Capt. S.H.T. Arliss, DSO, RN), HMS Devonshire (Capt. G.M.B. Langley, OBE, RN), HMS Norfolk (Capt. J.G.Y. Loveband, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral R.R. McGrigor, CB, DSO, RN), light cruisers HMS Birmingham (Capt. H.W. Williams, RN), HMS Dido (Capt. R.F. Elkins, OBE, RN), ORP Conrad (Capt. S.T. Dzienisiewicz) and the destroyers HMS Tartar (Capt. B. Jones, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN), HMCS Haida (A/Lt.Cdr. R.P. Welland, DSC, RCN), HMS Savage (Lt.Cdr. C.W. Malins, DSO, DSC and Bar, RN), HMS Scourge (Lt.Cdr. C.G.H. Brown, DSC, RN), HMS Serapis (Lt.Cdr. E.L. Jones, DSC, RN), HNoMS Stord (Lt.Cdr. H. Øi) and HMS Carysfort (Lt.Cdr. L. St.G. Rich, DSO and Bar, RN). [It is possible more ships participated.] (1)

12 Jul 1945
HMS Rodney (Capt. R.O. Fitzroy, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral H.R. Moore, KCB, CVO, DSO, RN, Commander-in-Chief Home Fleet), HMS Bellona (Capt. G.S. Tuck, DSO, RN) and ORP Conrad (Capt. S.T. Dzienisiewicz) proceeded from Rosyth to Scapa Flow. (2)

19 Jul 1945
HMS Sportsman (Lt.Cdr. N.L.A. Jewell, MBE, DSC, RN) conducted attack exercises during which ORP Conrad served as the target. (3)

27 Jul 1945
HMS Rodney (Capt. R.O. Fitzroy, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral H.R. Moore, KCB, CVO, DSO, RN, Commander-in-Chief Home Fleet) and ORP Conrad (Capt. S.T. Dzienisiewicz) proceeded from Scapa Flow to Rosyth. En-route they were joined by the destroyers HMS Onslaught (Cdr. R.T. Paul, CBE, RN) and HMS Serapis (Lt.Cdr. E.L. Jones, DSC, RN). (4)

Sources

  1. ADM 53/120995 + ADM 53/121004 + ADM 53/121217 + ADM 53/121240 + ADM 53/121930 + ADM 53/122156
  2. ADM 53/120973 + ADM 53/122160
  3. ADM 173/19713
  4. ADM 53/122160

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


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