Finding ORP Orzeł
PR dla Zagranicy
A team of Polish researchers is yet again setting out to scan the seas in search for a legendary WW2 submarine lost in the North Sea in circumstances which are unexplained to this day.
ORP Orzeł. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
ORP Orzeł – Eagle in Polish – was a state-of-the-art vessel of the Polish Navy, commissioned in 1939, and with a crew of 63.
This was the submarine which escaped from internment in the Estonian port of Tallin, without radio communication, navigation aids and maps, and most of her armaments, making her way across the Baltic to Britain.
ORP Orzeł then served in the Royal Navy, assigned to patrol missions as part of the 2nd Submarine Flotilla.
In April 1940 she sank a clandestine German troop transporter that was carrying soldiers intended for the invasion of Norway. On 23 May of that year, she set out on patrol and was never seen again.
Elżbieta Krajewska was on the line to the port of Gdynia, talking to Benedykt Hac who is part of the expedition to find the ORP Orzeł
The expedition sails from Gdynia this Saturday, 20 May at 2 pm.