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Orzel (Polish)

1940 - 1946: The 9th Foltilla

in June 1940 Orzel was on patrol in the central North Sea. On June 5th Orzel was ordered to return to base. No reception was acknowledged. On June 8th the submarine was officially declared lost. The true cause is unknown, although it is commonly believed the Orzel most likely struck a British or German sea mine in or near the Skagerrak.

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Roll of Honour

Name Rank Number Hons Age
Green, Walter Fordyce  Yeoman of Signals  C/JX 133847    25
Jones, Leslie William  Petty Officer Telegraphist  D/JX 136420    24
Nott, Keith D Ombrain  Lieutenant      25

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

A Tribute To Submariners

I have often looked for an opportunity of paying tribute to our submariners.

There is no branch of His Majesty's Forces which in this war has suffered the same proportion of total loss as our submarine service.

It is the most dangerous of all services.

That is perhaps the reason why the First Lord tells me that the entry into it is keenly sought by Officers and Men.

I feel sure the House would wish to testify its gratitude and admiration to our Submariners for their Skill - Courage and Devotion which has proved of inestimable value to the sustenance of our country.

Winston Churchill

We Will Remember Them

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