Order of Battle of the Riverine Flotilla of the Polish Navy

Order of Battle of the Riverine Flotilla of the Polish Navy

The following is the Order of Battle of the Riverine Flotilla of the Polish Navy, an integral part of the Polish Navy in the period between the world wars.


Staff and the Headquarters

Initially subordinate to the Referee of the Riverine Fleet in the Ministry of Military Affairs in Warsaw, in 1932 it was separated as a semi-independent branch of the navy based in Pińsk. In 1939 the commander of the Riverine Flotilla was Cmdr. Witold Zajączkowski and his chief of staff was Cmdr. Władysław Szczekowski. Other members of the staff were:

  • Deputy commanding officer Cmdr. Henryk Eibel
  • Artillery officer Cmdr. Włodzimierz Kleszczyński
  • Technical officer Cmdr. Wacław Trzebiński
  • Signals officer Cmdr. Bronisław Witkowski
  • Intelligence officer Cmdr. Narcyz Małuszyński
  • Head surgeon Cmdr. Władysław Kozłowski
  • Chaplain Maj. rev. Henryk Antonowicz
  • Flags officer Cmdr. Janusz Marciniewski

Riverine Flotilla

Staff vessels

  • paddle steamer)
  • S 1 liaison motorboat
  • S 2 liaison motorboat
  • Nr. 5 speed-boat

Combat Groups

1st Combat Group

  • river monitor (Capt. Jerzy Wojciechowski)
  • Edmund Jodkowski)
  • gunboat
  • cutter in Polish; similar in shape and armament to later PT boats and PBRs)
  • KU 17 armed cutter
  • KU 18 armed cutter
  • KU 19 armed cutter
  • KU 21 armed cutter
  • K 20 barrack ship (krypa in Polish terminology)
  • edit] 2nd Combat Group
    • ORP Warszawa river monitor (Capt. Jan May)
    • Andrzej Marzecki)
    • KU 22 armed cutter
    • KU 24 armed cutter
    • KU 25 armed cutter
    • KU 26 armed cutter
    • K 8 barrack ship
    • Edward Kulesza)
    • Nr. 2 speed-boat

    3rd Combat Group

    • Jan Kierkus)
    • Bolesław Parydzaj)
    • KU 7 armed cutter (reconnaissance)
    • KU 23 armed cutter (service)
    • KU 27 armed cutter
    • KU 28 armed cutter
    • KU 29 armed cutter
    • K 10 barrack ship
    • minelayer (armed paddle steamer)
    • Nr. 3 speed-boat

    Support units

    Mine and gas warfare detachment

    • T 5 class river minesweepers
    • T 4, T 5, T 6 and T 7 T 1 class river minesweepers

    Liaison unit

    • KM 14 liaison cutter
    • KM 15 liaison cutter
    • K 2 floating signals base (radio station)
    • P 3 motorboat
    • Two platoons of signal troops and recce squads


    • KU 1 armed cutter
    • KU 2 armed cutter
    • KU 3 armed cutter
    • tugboat
    • hospital ship
    • K 12 floating munitions depot
    • K 13 floating munitions depot
    • K 14 floating fuel depot
    • K 15 floating fuel depot
    • K 25 floating fuel depot
    • K 17 canteen
    • K 19 floating service and repair vessel
    • K 7 frogmen support vessel
    • K 9 floating barracks
    • K 30 floating barracks

    Riverine Air Escadrille

    • K 4 barrack vessel
    • P 4 motorboat
    • Nr. 7 speed-boat
    • Three R-17W seaplanes (mobilized separately)

    Pińsk naval base

    • tugboat
    • P 1 motorboat
    • P 2 motorboat
    • Fifteen service vessels of various types
    • AA platoon
    • Signals platoon
    • Administrative service platoon

    War-time reorganization

    On September 15, 1939, the Riverine Flotilla received orders from the commanding officer of the Independent Operational Group Polesie, Gen. Franciszek Kleeberg. Because of a possible breakthrough of the German forces in the northern sector of the front, the orders for the Flotilla were to prepare a defence of a 200 kilometres long front along the Prypeć river. The forces were to be divided into 8 semi-independent task forces, each defending a separate part of the river. However, a particularly dry and sunny summer resulted in shallow waters preventing many ships from reaching their area of operations. In addition, the Soviet invasion of September 17, 1939 made the plans obsolete.

    Janów Group

    Kaczanowicze Group

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