Aquiring Polish Naval Records

On the 18th of November 1939 the Polish Navy signed its first agreement with the British government that would see a mutual cooperation that enabled the two countries to become allies and fight together during the Second World War.[1]

Artur Nowaczyk was a member of the Polish navy and served on many of the Polish Naval ships. In 1942 he was involved in convoy operation PQ15 in the Atlantic and Arctic onboard ORP Garland. On May 27, seven German aircraft ‘Ju-88’s’, attacked the Garland and although it did not receive a direct hit, the explosions were in close enough proximity that she suffered significant damage and loss of life. The Garland travelled to Murmansk to deliver the wounded from not only the Garland, but also the Jastrzab.[2] Artur Nowaczyk was one of the enlisted men who was decorated with the Krzyz Walecznych or Cross of Valour for his bravery and assistance at this time.

Polish Naval records for WW2 are available from the Ministry of Defence APC Polish Enquiries in England. Although the process of obtaining these records is somewhat arduous, it is definitely well worth it to obtain information relating to your family member.

NOR-PolishDiscOffice@mod.uk

http://militarybadgecollection.com/2010/12/14/polish-ww2-medals.htm

http://militarybadgecollection.com/2010/12/14/polish-ww2-medals.htm



[1] M.A. Peszke, Poland’s Navy: 1918 – 1945. (New York: Hippocrene Books Inc., 1999), p.179.

[2] M.A. Peszke, Poland’s Navy: 1918 – 1945. (New York: Hippocrene Books Inc., 1999), pp. 118-119.