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Old 20-11-2016, 22:22
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Keeping to the course. An officer studies the maps while out on patrol on the celebrated Polish destroyer ORP Garland.

source: https://www.facebook.com/PolishNaval/
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Old 20-11-2016, 22:36
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August 1942 - Destroyer ORP Ślązak arriving back from Dieppe.

source: http://www.facebook.com/PolishNaval
She was carrying the survivors of the Royal Regiment of Canada after that ill-fated raid.

Of a strength of 550 men at the beginning of the action, some 200 were killed and 264 captured.
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Old 09-12-2016, 11:38
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Hi, I recently came across some photos of ORP Garland 37 and crew taken when my late father, Stefan Walkowski, served during WW11. I have attached scans of these photos and if anyone requires digital copies of any of them, please let me know.
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Old 11-12-2016, 05:31
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Great photos!

Any memories of your father?
ORP Garland had outstanding history (Arctic convoys, Med - sinking of an U-boat). Some more details would be welcomed.

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Old 15-12-2016, 22:03
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Hi GD, my father came from near Gdansk. He never mentioned his war time experiences all that much. He got quite morose sometimes when thinking about the shipmates he lost during the North Atlantic convoys. He was quite bitter regarding the fact that the Garland was ordered to do the full voyage between Murmansk and Halifax and return while the Royal Navy returned to UK. Also the Malta fiasco where the Garland was sent close by to draw the guns so the RN could get the range and positions of the said guns. The only humorous instance he related was when most of the crew got violently sick through eating too many bananas while they were off the west coast of Africa. He never mentioned the U Boat but he did have a bucket load of medals gathering dust in his drawer. He also refused the medal the Russians offered him shortly before he passed away. He loathed them with a will.
He met and married my mother in 1942 when the Garland visited Greenock. He demobbed in 1946 and settled in central Scotland. They had three sons and two daughters. He died aged 87 in 2006. He is sorely missed.
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Old 17-12-2016, 23:06
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I have in my notes st.mar. Stefan Walkowski decorated with Krzyż Walecznych and Medal Morski.
Do you have any more info on the decoration and service? Was it only GARLAND?


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Old 22-12-2016, 14:55
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Hi Andrzej, as far as I am aware my father only served on the Garland. He was on board for the duration of WW2. I am afraid that is all I know regarding his service. Could you oblige me with the details of Krzyż Walecznych and Medal Morski. My sister is in possession of these medals and we have often wondered what significance these medals had for my father.
May I take this opportunity to wish you and yours a Very Happy Christmas.
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Old 27-12-2016, 21:47
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Hey Jan,

as for Medal Morski it was with 2 bars so this indicates that your father served at least 2,5 years on the front line ships ( https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medal_Morski ).

With Krzyż Walecznych ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross_of_Valour_(Poland) ) I have him decorated in May 1942 (this is not the date of decoration but the nomination) together with the reminder of the GARLAND crew so the cross must have been provided for his actions during the PQ-16 convoy.

If you have a picture of your dad with all decorations I don't think it will be any problem to provide the details on each of them.

Also please note that Soviet Union and/or Russia have not decorated ANY Polish Navy serviceman with their decoration so I assume that there is some misunderstanding in your story. I assume your father was referring to the Arctic Star but that was British decoration - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctic_Star

Hope that helps!
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Keeping to the course. An officer studies the maps while out on patrol on the celebrated Polish destroyer ORP Garland.

source: https://www.facebook.com/PolishNaval/

Nice photo.

Just out of interest, what are the alarm signals posted at the bottom Left of the photo.

Alarmy, Alarms

BoJonY
Pricziw Lotnicey
Czlowyen Sa Slata
Woony
Pozarony
Mancwaony


with various dots and dashes attached to the various alarm signals.

Google translate, is proving a little difficult. and why is the alarm noitce board located in this position.

Near to the hatch for the wheelhouse?
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Old 05-02-2018, 15:26
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Nice photo.

Just out of interest, what are the alarm signals posted at the bottom Left of the photo. Updated with some answers.

Alarmy,= Alarms = Ring, = Bell, = Horn
Compartment alarm Ships bell Funnel horn

Bojowy = Action/Duty stations
Przeciw Lotniczy = Aircraft attack
Czlowiek za burta = Man Over Board
Wodny= Flooding
Pozarowy = Fire
Mancwaony= (??????????)


with various dots and dashes attached to the various alarm signals.

Why is the alarm notice board located in this position.

Near to the hatch for the wheelhouse?
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