|Ship Class||Grom-class Destroyer|
|Builder||J. Samuel White, Cowes, Britain|
|Laid Down||17 Jul 1935|
|Launched||20 Jul 1936|
|Commissioned||11 May 1937|
|Sunk||4 May 1940|
|Displacement||1,975 tons standard; 2,400 tons full|
|Machinery||2 Parsons steam turbines, 3 boilers, 2 shafts|
|Power Output||54,000 SHP|
|Range||3,500nm at 15 knots|
|Armament||7x120mm Bofors wz. 34/36 guns, 2x40mm double AA Bofors guns, 4x13.2mm double AA Hotchkiss HMG, 6 torpedo tubes, 2 depth charge launchers, 20 wz. BH 200 bombs, 44 mines|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbaseGrom was a British-built destroyer of the Polish Navy. Because the Polish Navy was small, her design was to be a heavy destroyer that was versatile and could stand up to any single hostile destroyer. On 29 Aug 1939, she was among the three destroyers that participated in Operation Peking, aimed at preventing the total loss of the Polish Navy in the likely case of a war with Germany. After an uneventful run-in with German light cruiser KÃ¶nigsberg and a destroyer, the destroyers made rendezvous with British destroyers Wanderer and Wallace, then at 1737 on 1 Sep they docked in Edinburgh. In May 1940, she operated off the Norwegian coast, bombarding German positions. On 4 May 1940, she was attacked by Luftwaffe bombers in the Rombaken fjord. A bomb hit her on the loaded midship torpedo launcher, and the resulting explosion split her into two before sinking. 59 men were killed.
Last Major Revision: Apr 2007
Grom Operational Timeline
|11 May 1937Â||Grom was commissioned into service.|
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