A Poppy
A Poppy

Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Cowes : Commander Francki Memorial -

Location

Francki Place, Town Square, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31
 
See map on www.streetmap.co.uk
 
IWM War Memorials Archive Record

Not yet recorded by the War Memorials Archive
 
Historic England Listing Status

This structure is not Listed.

Description

Memorial plaque commemorating the Commander of the Polish ship ORP Blyskawica.

Unveiled by his daughter Janina Doroszkowska at a ceremony on 3rd May 2004.
Memorial

Cowes : Francki Memorial
 
Cowes : Francki Memorial
 
Inscription


FRANCKI PLACE

THIS AREA IS NAMED AFTER
CAPTAIN WOJCIECH FRANCKI PN, DSC.
COMMANDER OF THE POLISH DESTROYER
ORP BLYSKAWICA (LIGHTNING) BUILT IN THE
SHIPYARD OF J.S. WHITE, COWES IN 1936.
ON THE NIGHT OF 4TH/5TH MAY 1942
WHILST O.R.P. BLYSKAWICA WAS IN COWES FOR REPAIRS
CAPTAIN FRANCKI, OF HIS OWN VOLITION, ORDERED HIS SHIP TO
REMAIN ARMED TO DEFEND COWES
IN ANTICIPATION OF AN ENEMY ATTACK.
THE INITIATIVE AND LEADERSHIP OF CAPTAIN FRANCKI
ENABLED THE BRAVE POLISH CREW TO REPEL
THE LUFTWAFFE'S INTENSIVE AERIAL ATTACK THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT
SO THAT THE LOSS TO THIS COMMUNITY
WAS DRAMATICALLY REDUCED.
SUCH FRIENDSHIP AND VALOUR FORMS THAT
INDELIBLE PART OF OUR TOWN'S HISTORY,
EVER TO BE PRAISED,
NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN.


 
Further Information

See also the Cowes Blitz plaque :

Cowes Blitz plaque

See also the other plaques at the Esplanade :

Blyskawica Plaque 1
Blyskawica Plaque 2
Blyskawica Plaque 3

 


 

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