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#Name* (↑)First NamesTitleRankRAF Equivalent RankService No.BornNationalityRoleAwardsAir Force (↑)Command (↑)Unit (↑)DateofIncident *See Note (↑)Aircraft (↑)TypeSerialCodeVictories (Fighters)BaseTimeMission                        Incident                        FateCommemoratedPhoto (Click to Expand)Referring Database                        Notes                        Links/Archive Reports
1 KozłowskiCzesławStarszy SierzantSergeant P.784220Born 1 Jul 1909 (Age 33)PolandAir GunnerVirtuti Militari

8217
Krzyż Walecznych (x3)

Medal Lotniczy

PAFSpecial Duties - Bomber Command138 Sqd (Special)
1942-10-29Handley Page HalifaxIIW7773NF-S Tempsford1700SOEBelieved shot down by fighter over North Sea. After the war, determined the aircraft crashed at the foot of Norewskiej rocks, near the town of Egersund, between Helleren and Refsland. The explosion scattered debris of aircraft within a radius of several hundred metres, some rolled into a nearby lake.KilledPAF Memorial, Northolt, Vestre Gravlund, Oslo Norway
Memorial to Poles, Vestre Gravlund

Vestre Gravlund, Oslo Norway
Archiwum Polish Database W7773Aircraft initially believed to have crashed at Hellern, Refsland, Norway. Believed shot down by fighter over North Sea. The mystery of the disappearance of the plane with the Polish crew is partly explained after the war. Halifax W7773 crashed at the foot of Norewskiej rocks, near the town of Egersund, between Helleren and Refsland. The explosion scattered debris of aircraft within a radius of several hundred metres, some rolled into a nearby lake.

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Also lost were 3 'Agents' - Wieslaw Szpakowicz 'Pak', Stanislaw Hencel 'Pik'. Jerzy Bichniewicz 'Bleckitny' 138 SOE Operation Halifax II W7773.

After the war all crew reinterred in collective grave 11-B-8 in Vestre Gravlund Oslo Western Civil Cemetery.

2 MadejskiTadeuszSt Sierx StrzelecFlight SergeantP.780189Born 16 Jan 1918 (Age 24)PolandAir GunnerVirtuti Militari

9104
Krzyż Walecznych (x4)

Medal Lotniczy

PAFBomber Command138 Sqd (Special)
1942-10-29HalifaxIIW7773NF-STempsford1700SOEBelieved shot down by fighter over North Sea. After the war, determined the aircraft crashed at the foot of Norewskiej rocks, near the town of Egersund, between Helleren and Refsland. The explosion scattered debris of aircraft within a radius of several hundred metres, some rolled into a nearby lake.KilledPAF Memorial, Northolt, Vestre Gravlund Oslo Norway


Memorial to Poles, Vestre Gravlund

Vestre Gravlund, Oslo Norway
Archiwum Polish DatabaseAircraft initially believed to have crashed at Hellern, Refsland, Norway. Believed shot down by fighter over North Sea. The mystery of the disappearance of the plane with the Polish crew is partly explained after the war. Halifax W7773 crashed at the foot of Norewskiej rocks, near the town of Egersund, between Helleren and Refsland. The explosion scattered debris of aircraft within a radius of several hundred metres, some rolled into a nearby lake.

Read Archive Report

Also lost were 3 'Agents' - Wieslaw Szpakowicz 'Pak', Stanislaw Hencel 'Pik'. Jerzy Bichniewicz 'Bleckitny' 138 SOE Operation Halifax II W7773.

After the war all crew reinterred in collective grave 11-B-8 in Vestre Gravlund Oslo Western Civil Cemetery.

3 PantkowskiFranciszekPorucznik StrzelecelecPilot OfficerP.1571Born 3 Jan 1918 (Age 24)PolandRadio Operator / Air GunnerVirtuti Militari 9233

DFC

Krzyz Walecznych (x4)

Medal Lotniczy (x2)

PAFBomber Command138 Sqd (Special)
1942-10-29HalifaxllW7773NF-STempsford1700SOEBelieved shot down by fighter over North Sea. After the war, determined the aircraft crashed at the foot of Norewskiej rocks, near the town of Egersund, between Helleren and Refsland. The explosion scattered debris of aircraft within a radius of several hundred metres, some rolled into a nearby lake.KilledPAF Memorial, Northolt, Vestre Gravlund Oslo Norway




Memorial to Poles, Vestre Gravlund

Vestre Gravlund, Oslo Norway
Archiwum Polish DatabaseAircraft initially believed to have crashed at Hellern, Refsland, Norway. Believed shot down by fighter over North Sea. The mystery of the disappearance of the plane with the Polish crew is partly explained after the war. Halifax W7773 crashed at the foot of Norewskiej rocks, near the town of Egersund, between Helleren and Refsland. The explosion scattered debris of aircraft within a radius of several hundred metres, some rolled into a nearby lake.

Read Archive Report

Also lost were 3 'Agents' - Wieslaw Szpakowicz 'Pak', Stanislaw Hencel 'Pik'. Jerzy Bichniewicz 'Bleckitny' 138 SOE Operation Halifax II W7773.

After the war all crew reinterred in collective grave 11-B-8 in Vestre Gravlund Oslo Western Civil Cemetery.

4 SobkowiakFranciszekStarszy SierzantFlight SergeantP.780420Born 3 Oct 1914 (Age 28)PolandPilotVirtuti Militari

9628
Krzyż Walecznych (x4)

Medal Lotniczy

PAFBomber Command138 Sqd (Special)
1942-10-29Handley Page HalifaxllW7773NF-STempsford1700SOEBelieved shot down by fighter over North Sea. After the war, determined the aircraft crashed at the foot of Norewskiej rocks, near the town of Egersund, between Helleren and Refsland. The explosion scattered debris of aircraft within a radius of several hundred metres, some rolled into a nearby lake.

He married Nora Hartley in Q1 1941 in Rotherham. Hence appearance on War Memorial at Greasborough, Rotherham
KilledPAF Memorial, Northolt, Vestre Gravlund Oslo Norway


Memorial to Poles, Vestre Gravlund

Vestre Gravlund, Oslo Norway

War Memorial, Greasborough Rotherham UK
Archiwum Polish Database W7773Aircraft initially believed to have crashed at Hellern, Refsland, Norway. Believed shot down by fighter over North Sea. The mystery of the disappearance of the plane with the Polish crew is partly explained after the war. Halifax W7773 crashed at the foot of Norewskiej rocks, near the town of Egersund, between Helleren and Refsland. The explosion scattered debris of aircraft within a radius of several hundred metres, some rolled into a nearby lake.

Read Archive Report

Also lost were 3 'Agents' - Wieslaw Szpakowicz 'Pak', Stanislaw Hencel 'Pik'. Jerzy Bichniewicz 'Bleckitny' 138 SOE Operation Halifax II W7773.

After the war all crew reinterred in collective grave 11-B-8 in Oslo Western Civil Cemetery.

5 WodzickiMariuszPorucznikFlying OfficerP.76627Born 12 May 1915 (Age 27)PolandNavigatorVirtuti Militari

10757
DFC

Krzyż Walecznych (x4)

Medal Lotniczy

PAFBomber138 Sqd (Special)
1942-10-29HalifaxllW7773NF-STempsford1700SOEBelieved shot down by fighter over North Sea. After the war, determined the aircraft crashed at the foot of Norewskiej rocks, near the town of Egersund, between Helleren and Refsland. The explosion scattered debris of aircraft within a radius of several hundred metres, some rolled into a nearby lake.KilledPAF Memorial, Northolt, Vestre Gravlund Oslo Norway




Memorial to Poles, Vestre Gravlund

Vestre Gravlund, Oslo Norway
Archiwum Polish Database W7773Aircraft initially believed to have crashed at Hellern, Refsland, Norway. Believed shot down by fighter over North Sea. The mystery of the disappearance of the plane with the Polish crew is partly explained after the war. Halifax W7773 crashed at the foot of Norewskiej rocks, near the town of Egersund, between Helleren and Refsland. The explosion scattered debris of aircraft within a radius of several hundred metres, some rolled into a nearby lake.

Read Archive Report

Also lost were 3 'Agents' - Wieslaw Szpakowicz 'Pak', Stanislaw Hencel 'Pik'. Jerzy Bichniewicz 'Bleckitny' 138 SOE Operation Halifax II W7773.

After the war all crew reinterred in collective grave 11-B-8 in Vestre Gravlund Oslo Western Civil Cemetery.

6 ZarembaFranciszekStarszy SierzantWarrant OfficerP.780216Born 28 October 1914 (Age 28)PolandPilotVirtuti Militari

9083
Krzyż Walecznych (x4)

Medal Lotniczy

PAFSpecial Duties - Bomber Command138 Sqd (Special)
1942-10-29Handley Page HalifaxllW7773NF-SRAF Tempsford1700SOEBelieved shot down by fighter over North Sea. After the war, determined the aircraft crashed at the foot of Norewskiej rocks, near the town of Egersund, between Helleren and Refsland. The explosion scattered debris of aircraft within a radius of several hundred metres, some rolled into a nearby lake.KilledPAF Memorial, Northolt, Vestre Gravlund Oslo Norway


Memorial to Poles, Vestre Gravlund

Vestre Gravlund, Oslo Norway
Archiwum Polish Database W7773Aircraft initially believed to have crashed at Hellern, Refsland, Norway. Believed shot down by fighter over North Sea. The mystery of the disappearance of the plane with the Polish crew is partly explained after the war. Halifax W7773 crashed at the foot of Norewskiej rocks, near the town of Egersund, between Helleren and Refsland. The explosion scattered debris of aircraft within a radius of several hundred metres, some rolled into a nearby lake.

Read Archive Report

Also lost were 3 'Agents' - Wieslaw Szpakowicz 'Pak', Stanislaw Hencel 'Pik'. Jerzy Bichniewicz 'Bleckitny' 138 SOE Operation Halifax II W7773.

After the war all crew reinterred in collective grave 11-B-8 in Oslo Western Civil Cemetery.

7 ŻukWacławSierzant StrzelecFlight SergeantP.793039Born 28 Nov 1921 (Age 20)PolandAir GunnerVirtuti Militari

9163
Krzyż Walecznych (x4)

Medal Lotniczy

PAFBomber Command138 Sqd (Special)
1942-10-29HalifaxllW7773NF-SRAF Tempsford1700SOEBelieved shot down by fighter over North Sea. After the war, determined the aircraft crashed at the foot of Norewskiej rocks, near the town of Egersund, between Helleren and Refsland. The explosion scattered debris of aircraft within a radius of several hundred metres, some rolled into a nearby lake.KilledPAF Memorial, Northolt, Vestre Gravlund Oslo Norway


Memorial to Poles, Vestre Gravlund


Vestre Gravlund, Oslo Norway
Archiwum Polish Database W7773Aircraft initially believed to have crashed at Hellern, Refsland, Norway. Believed shot down by fighter over North Sea. The mystery of the disappearance of the plane with the Polish crew is partly explained after the war. Halifax W7773 crashed at the foot of Norewskiej rocks, near the town of Egersund, between Helleren and Refsland. The explosion scattered debris of aircraft within a radius of several hundred metres, some rolled into a nearby lake.

Read Archive Report

Also lost were 3 'Agents' - Wieslaw Szpakowicz 'Pak', Stanislaw Hencel 'Pik'. Jerzy Bichniewicz 'Bleckitny' 138 SOE Operation Halifax II W7773.

After the war all crew reinterred in collective grave 11-B-8 in Oslo Western Civil Cemetery.

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