Grom file photo [3224]


Ship ClassGrom-class Destroyer
BuilderJ. Samuel White, Cowes, Britain
Laid Down17 Jul 1935
Launched20 Jul 1936
Commissioned11 May 1937
Sunk4 May 1940
Displacement1,975 tons standard; 2,400 tons full
Length374 feet
Beam37 feet
Draft11 feet
Machinery2 Parsons steam turbines, 3 boilers, 2 shafts
Power Output54,000 shaft horsepower
Speed39 knots
Range3,500nm at 15 knots
Armament7x120mm 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


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 Königsberg 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.

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Destroyer Grom, date unknownPolish destroyers Grom and Burza during Operation Peking, viewed from destroyer Błyskawica, circa 29 Aug-1 Sep 1939

Grom Operational Timeline

11 May 1937 Grom was commissioned into service.

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1. edmund urbanski says:
18 Nov 2007 07:14:41 AM

my father serverd on the blyskawica if you have any more information on this ship please let me know My father was last rank warrant officer

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