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Andrew Mielnik Memorial Archiwum: Ulepszone Dane Personalne Sił Powietrznych 1940 - 1947

Archive: Enhanced Polish Air Force Personnel Data

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Dedicated to the Memory of Andrew Mielnik: 16 February 1928 - 13 March 2022
Andrew Mielnik (kontynuacja T. Krzystek) uzupełnione dane personalne PSP 1940-1947.
Histories prepared by Tadeusz Krzystek in a muti-decadal collaboration with Andrew Mielnik involving extensive contributions, corrections and amendments from him, which were further enhanced by Mr. Mielnik for 9 years after Mr. Krzystek's death in 2013 right up to his own passing in March 2022. Developed by Aircrew Remembered from Mr. Mielnik's notes into a searchable database format and further enhanced on a continuous basis by Aircrew Remembered researchers and editors. Dedicated to the memory of these dedicated researchers and chroniclers

In addition to data on Polish Air Force (PAF) personnel, extensive notes on the PAF in the UK and its organization were prepared by Mr. Krzystek with only minor contributions from Andrew Mielnik. This additional information is at listakrzystka site

Andrew Mielnik in 1944

Prawie 17 000 lotników przedostało się różnymi drogami do Wielkiej Brytanii po upadku Polski w 1939 roku. Ich ciągłym życzeniem było pomszczenie niemieckiego ataku na ich Ojczyznę i rodziny wszelkimi dostępnymi środkami. Że to zrobili z honorem i niezachwianą odwagą - każdy z nich, od urzędnika do najwyższego rangą dowódcy - jest świadectwem ich przyrzeczenia wobec Polski: Miłość żąda ofiary wyhaftowanym na Sztandarze Lotnictwa Polskiego przez zakonnice w okupowanej Polsce i przemyconym do Wielkiej Brytanii w 1941. Ta baza danych jest wynikiem pracochłonnych badań przeprowadzonych przez Andrew Mielnik w Melbourne, Australia. Teraz (2019) zapewnia tysiące uzupełnień do wielu oryginalnych danych. Uważa się zatem, że przedstawione tutaj informacje są wyczerpującym i dokładnym zestawieniem informacji o personelu, co powinno przynieść korzyści naukowcom na całym świecie. W tej bazie danych zapisujemy kluczowe dane każdego, który służył w PSP w W. Brytanii. Podaj nam dodatkowe informacje za pomocą Help Desk.

Almost 17,000 airmen made their way by various incredible means to reach the shores of Great Britain after the fall of Poland in 1939. Their abiding wish was to avenge the German assault of their homeland and families by every means at their disposal. That they did so with honour and undaunted courage - every one of them, from the office orderly to the highest ranking commander - is testament of their pledge to Poland : Love Demands Sacrifice. This pledge was embroidered on the Polish Air Force banner by nuns in occupied Poland and smuggled to Britain through war-torn Europe in 1941. In this database we record key details of every airman who served in PAF in the UK. Use the Addition button to send additional information via our Help Desk.

We sincerely pay our respects to the beautiful site niebieskaeskadra.pl which has done an outstanding job collating information on members of the Polish Air Force. We acknowledge our debt to them for some of the images in the Archiwum and for their valuable information on many grave locations. We also acknowledge our debt to the listakrzystka site for its extensive collection of various aspects of the Polish Air Force in the West.


OBJAŚNIENIA Wykaz imienny obejmuje: - Numer ewidencyjny RAF, Nazwisko i Imię; odznaczenia, Data urodzenia, Data zgonu (+ = śmiercią naturalną † = śmiercią lotnika) oraz wiek, w którym zmarł lub zginął, stopień wojskowy polski / angielski posiadany w roku 1947, specjalność lotnicza i przydział do jednostki lub dywizjonu. - Miejsce urodzenia(o ile znane) i dalsze informacje odnośnie przebiegu służby, - stacja RAF, typ samolotu i numer. – O ile zginął / zmarł - miejsce gdzie pochowany, w nawiasie numer grobu (o ile znany) odnotowany w Sekretariacie SLP – podaje dodatkowe informacje o Dowódcach Dywizjonów lub osób, które pełniły funkcję w Stowarzyszeniu Lotników Polskich, oraz dane dotyczące lotów bojowych. Symbol > wskazuje nowe informacje.

EXPLANATIONS The personnel list includes: - -. RAF registration number, Surname and Name; decorations, Date of birth, Date of death (+ = natural death † = death in service) and age in which he died or died, Polish / English military rank held in 1947, air specialty and assignment to unit or squadron. - Place of birth (if known) and further information about the service, - RAF station, type of aircraft and number. - If he died / died - a place where he is buried, in brackets the number of the grave (if known) noted in the SLP Secretariat additional information about the Commanders Squadrons or people who served as part of the Polish Airmen Association, and data on combat flights. The symbol > indicates new information.


Baza strat i incydentów sojuszniczych zawiera ponad 7000 polskich wpisów, które mogą zawierać dodatkowe informacje do podanych tutaj. The Allied Losses and Incidents database contains over 7000 Polish entries which may contain additional information to that provided here. Zobacz też/Check Allied Losses and Incidents Database

Przykładowe wyszukiwania/Example Searches: (1) 309DMR AND pilot AND virtuti (2) mechanik AND 303DM (3) Plut AND Radar (4) 1918 AND 309DMR (5) Strzelec AND 301DB

Searches now permitted on 2 character minimum (previously 3). Supplementary Information in English: this material is provided by Aircrew Remembered researchers and Editors as information becomes available, with appropriate care for its provenance, but was not necessarily validated by Andrew Mielnik whilst he was alive. Responsibility for its accuracy therefore rests with Aircrew Remembered.

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1 BaranowskiTadeuszplut. / Sgt780443PilotKrzyż Walecznych

Medal Lotniczy (x2)

317DM
2001-02-18+ 871914-11-02Igalzmarł w Bognor Regis i tam został pochowany UK
Added by tefan Pietrzak Youngs: Operation Veracity: attack on Kriegsmarine cruisers Gneisenau and Scharnhorst at Brest. RAF Losses: Halifax V9979 coded TL-E of 35 Sqd. He crashes at Posporder, shot down by the Flak. all 7 crew members are killed. Spitfire Mk.Vb AB854 of 234 Sqd shot down by Leutnant Fritz Maly of 5./JG 2. The pilot, Sergeant R. W. Joyce, is captured after making an emergency landing at Plourin. Spitfire AD306 of 317 Sqd, is shot down. The pilot, Sergeant T. Baranowski, was captured after making an emergency landing at Lanrivoaré. Spitfire W3945 of 306 Sqd is shot down by a Messerschmitt Bf-109 fighter. The pilot, Flight Lieutenant Stanisław Zieliński, is killed. The results of the bombardments are insignificant, at least for the cruisers... But these frequent attacks will lead Hitler to organize the 'Cerberus' operation, in order to repatriate the ships to Kiel. This will be done on February 11, 1942, by forcing the Strait of Pas-de-Calais.

2 BasterBronisławpor. / F / LtP-0538PilotMedal Lotniczy (x2)

309DM

305DB

1943-05-25311912-06-22Kraków1943 zginął – RAF Hemswell-“Wellington”HF492 - lot ćwicz. z nieustal. powodów na wysokości 300 m. Przeszedl w lot pionowy lot do ziemi. Zapalił się i spadł w miejsc. Appleby k/ Scunthorpe. Zginęła cała załoga. Poch. w Newark (317/I) UK
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: "We were an Army Cooperation squadron, flying Lysanders in Scotland, and learning ourselves and teaching others to cooperate with the ground forces of the Scottish Command, which included units of the Polish Army. There was plenty of work, and thanks to our excellent mechanics we were able to fly more hours than any other squadron in the Army Cooperation Command. For the pilots the work was quite exacting, as apart from the actual piloting they had to shoot, bomb, photograph, navigate and also learn to send and receive coded messages by Morse. Nevertheless it was realised that Lysanders were completely unsuitable for these tasks in the circumstances of real war, and we hoped and prayed for re-equipment with faster and better armed planes. In this atmosphere tales were rife and scarcely a week passed without news of new and wonderful planes with which our squadron was about to be re-equipped. In the spring of 1942, I was asked by the Chief Pilot whether I would like to go on a course to fly Mustangs. Although my heart cried with joy I refused to volunteer, but said that certainly I would like to go if ordered. I must put in here a long aside about volunteering. We have a saying in Poland: "Volunteers perish", and when I was saying good-bye to my mother when leaving home for the war, almost her last words were (and she was an ardent patriot) "Do your duty, but do not volunteer." In 309 squadron, fed up with the phoney war in Scotland, two of the most experienced and excellent pilots, F/O Kornel Stefanus and F/O Bronek Baster asked to be transferred to bomber squadrons, which were at that time carrying out bombing missions over Europe. Their request was granted. Kornel was killed on the ground whilst still in an Operational Training Unit; during night flying an aircraft swung into a group of people at the end of the run and he was the only one killed. Bronek actually joined a bomber squadron but on his first operational flight he had to turn back because of engine trouble. The next day he was testing his aircraft after repairs and went into a dive which finished in the ground." Janusz Jozef Lewkowicz (1970's account)
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: 1943-05-25 Wellington X HF492 SM-M 305 Sqd RAF Helmswell. Training flight, day. Crashed near Appleby, Scunthorpe- adjacent to the steelworks. The squadron had only just begun to receive the Mk.X Wellington to replace the earlier Mk.IV, at its base at Ingham north of Lincoln. The new mark had more powerful Hercules engines. Eye witnesses say the aircraft apparently dived into the ground from around 1,000 feet. It struck the ground on its belly and began to burn fiercely.The pilot may have lost consciousness prior to the crash, as concluded by the board of enquiry. Crew: Pilot Baster Bronisław (F/L) (P-0538) Age 30, Ground Crew (along for the ride) Berdecha Jan (Cpl) (P.781055) Age 34. Nav Koczapski Władysław Karol K (P/O) (P-1830) Age 28, Air Bomber Miksza Edward (Sgt) (P.794664) Age 19, A/G Niżnik Adam (Sgt) (P.792833), A/G Kazimierz Białobrzeski (P.703895) Age 20.

Crash site (courtesy northlincsweb.net)





Newark UK
3 BatorIgnacy Adampor. / P / OP-1525Strzelec pokładowyVirtuti Militari

9054
DFC


Krzyż Walecznych (x4)

Medal Lotniczy (x4)

138 Sqd
1944-08-05281916-11-13(26-27.01.1943 zrzucony do Polski, pseudonim „Opór”) – zginął w roku 1944 w walce z Niemcami przy ul. Chałubińskiego w czasie Powstania w Warszawie. – pochowany na cmentarzu Powązki, Warszawa Polska
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: Ignacy.Bator came to the UK in September 1939 and joined 301 (Polish) Squadron and trained as an Air Gunner. Latterly he was seconded to Special Forces and parachuted into Poland in January 1943. He did not survive the war purportedly being killed in the Warsaw uprising in August 1944. DFC Citation "Pilot Officer Bator, a member of the Polish crew, has shown outstanding ability as a wireless operator/air gunner. He has completed 40 operational sorties of which ten have been at extreme range and undertaken in adverse weather and with the liability of fuel shortage. The success of these missions can be attributed largely to this officer's skill as a wireless operator and to the confidence which he has inspired in other members of the crew."

4 BiegańskiTadeusz Janpor. / F / OP-1368ObserwatorKrzyż Walecznych

Medal Lotniczy

18 OTU1942-01-30291913-12-28Ostrów1942 zginął – RAF Bramcote-„Wellington”-N2848- lot ćwiczebny. W skutek złej widoczności samolot zderzył się z wyniosłością terenu pod Busckden Pike w York’s. Uratował się tylny strzelec sierż. Jan Fuśniak. Pozostali członkowie załogi zginęli – pochowany na cmentarzu w Newark (306/A/N) UK
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: 1942-01-30 Wellington I G (N2848) 18 OTU took off for a training flight. Crew: Pilot instructor Cpt. pil. Czesław Kujawa (P/0115) Age 26, students: Second Lt. pil. Jerzy Polczyk (P/1615) Age 24, obs. Tadeusz Jan Biegański (P/1368) Age 28, Sgt. W/Op Jan Sadowski (792642) Age 32, and Cpl. Front Gunner Jan Tokarzewski (782024) Age 25, Rear Gunner - Sgt Jozef Fusniak PAF (780945) Rear gunner. During the flight, the crew was surprised by a snowstorm, which caused the the pilots to lose their orientation completely. They tried unsuccessfully to follow a course back to base by visual navigation. At. At 12:15, with minimal visibility, their Wellington collided with a stone wall almost two meters high on Buckden Pike Hill in Yorkshire. The plane rolled several hundred meters over the hill. Four airmen died on the spot, - Sgt. Jan Sadowski was badly injured.

Fuśniak was thrown into the snow from as his rear gun turret detached from the hull, and he suffered a fracture of his left leg. Despite great pain, he wrapped his injured companion in a parachute to protect him from cooling down. Jozef went for help, leaning on a fragment of the crashed plane as a crutch. For several hours he crawled behind a fox's footprints in the snow, hoping to reach a farm or other human settlement. On the way he had to overcome many stone walls, which, combined with the low temperature, leg injury and shock after the crash, made the journey extremely difficult. Finally, heavily chilled, he reached the village of Cray, located nearly two kilometers in a straight line from the Buckden Pike summit. He was spotted there by two people and transferred to the White Lion Inn. He was given first aid there and then an ambulance was called. Due to snowdrifts on the roads, it took some time to arrive to take the wounded gunner to Skipton General Hospital. The owners of the inn also notified the services about a second aviator waiting to be rescued in the wreckage. Owing to difficult weather conditions, the search for the crashed plane was stopped and only started the next day. By that time, Sadowski had died. In 1973, thanks to Fuśniak's efforts, a monument was erected on Buckden Pike to commemorate his comrades killed in the crash. The monument standing there to this day consists of a cross, a fox figure and a plaque with the words: "Thanksgiving to God, the Parker family and local people and in memory of five Polish RAF airmen who died here on 31/1/42 - buried in Newark - Signed: The Survivor "




Buckden Peak Memorial



Newark UK
5 BobakKazimierz Maciejpor. / F / OP-2729BombardierVirtuti Militari

11087
Krzyż Walecznych (x3)

Medal Lotniczy (x2)

300DB
2009-04-01+ 881921-03-11Krakówzmarł w Wimbledon London SW19 – spopielony – prochy rozsypane w morzu UK (ostatnia wola zmarłego)
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: Simon Bobak writes (letter to Guardian newspaper): John Carswell's entertaining and informative obituary of Honor Frost (27 October) mentions her visit to our family home in Wimbledon in the early 1950s. She dived, not into a well, but a purpose- made 25ft-deep diving "pit" that my father, Kazimierz Bobak, had dug to test his own equipment. After his demob from the RAF, he had been developing "demand" valves for diving, with the assistance of a diving equipment firm, Siebe Gorman. This interest stemmed from the first year of the second world war, when after escaping from Poland to France, he had a short, tenuous career diving for sponges and sea urchins off Marseilles and thus had become very interested in the development of diving equipment.

Both my parents were surprised to see that once they had helped "dress up" Honor in the diving equipment, she produced, from her own supplies, a large diving knife and proceeded to strap it to her leg, no doubt to protect herself from whatever might be found in a diving-hole in leafy south-west London. Then, she submerged into the suburban depths – and the rest is marine archaeological history.
6 BurzyńskiKazimierzkpt. / F / LtP-0015PilotZloty Krzyż Zasługi z Mieczami

Medal Lotniczy

45 GTR1944-04-25471897-01-11Chełmce, Inowrocław1939 – Brał udział w ewakuacji samolotów PLL”Lot”, a następnie jako jeden z pierwszych polskich pilotów wcielony do ATFERRO – organizacji przelotów atlantyckich. 1944 zginął RCAF Montreal-„Liberator”-EW148- lot transport. z Montrealu w Kanadzie do Indii. Po starcie samolot spadł na zabudowania Montrealu i spalił się. Zginęła cała załoga. – poch. na cmentarzu Cote des Neigres w Montreal Quebec Kanada (22/22)
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: Liberator EW148 1944-04-25. Being ferried by 45 (AT) Group via RCAF Gander to India when it crashed six minutes after takeoff from RCAF Dorval at 09:30. On initial climb, lost altitude over central Montreal. Just cleared Mount Royal, and narrowly missed the Sun Life Building, the Bonaventure Railway Station and a school before slamming into tenements on Shannon and Ottawa Streets in the community of Griffintown in Montreal, Québec. 5 crew and 10 civilians on the ground were killed in the ensuing explosion and fire. Pilot may have been trying to reach the St. Lawrence River to ditch the aircraft. The cause thought to be the structural failure of the tailplane. Weather may have had a bearing on the accident. Crew: Kazimierz BURZYNSKI, Flt Sgt Islwyn JONES (635095) RAF, Andrezej Czeslaw KUZNIACKI, Adolf Jan NOWICKI, P/O James Smith WILSON (J/39021) RCAF





Montreal Notre Dame des Neiges Canada
7 Cepiński-FlegelWiktor (Fontes)por./F/LtP-1922ObserwatorKrzyż Walecznych (x3)

Medal Lotniczy

301DB
1984-08-31+ 661918-07-17Tbilisi1946 wstąpił do lotnictwa w Pakistanie pod nazwiskiem Cepiński - (● F/Lt Pakistan A.F.)- zmarł w Londynie UK
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: "As a very wet behind the ears Hastings Co-Pilot I was posted to 48 Squadron, RAF Changi, 1963/66. One of the navigators there was a larger than life Pole, Victor Fontes. Victor had been a cavalry officer when the Nazis invaded and overran his homeland. Somehow he survived charging German tanks for a living and, with a great many other Polish troops, escaped south via Romania to the Black Sea. There they embarked on troopships to hazard the Mediterranean Sea to Gibraltar and thence to France where they disembarked just in time for the fall of that country. Once again Victor legged it south, this time over the Pyrenees into Franco's Spain. Caught and arrested he ended up in a Spanish Concentration camp, escaped and kept on heading south until he got across the border to Gibraltar. Eager to avenge his lost country and comrades he volunteered to join the British effort against Germany. When told that there were no vacancies for cavalry officers and that Bomber Command was the only large scale offensive effort against that nation he immediately opted to be trained as a BC pilot. Somehow Victor went on defying the enormous odds pitted against him and survived. Like many other Polish volunteers in UK Forces he did not feel safe returning to communist post war Poland, and the RAF became his home, albeit he was obliged to retrain as a navigator in order to stay flying. I've always felt honoured to have served with Poles such as Victor, as well as Czechs etc. All now long gone but always remembered. We let the Poles down badly at the end of the war, where they did not even feature in the Victory Parade. Any tribute paid now is worth it. A remarkable people! " (pprune.org forum)
8 ChciukWładysławpor./F/LtP-0548PilotVirtuti Militari

09199
Krzyż Walecznych (x2)

Medal Lotniczy

308DM
2006-10-07+ 911915-06-06DrohobyczUr. w Oświęcimiu. - Absolwent XII Promocji SPL, - po ukończeniu w 1939 przydzielony do 2PL w Krakowie – 121 Esk. Myśl. – z którą odbył kampanię wrześniową 1939. – We Francji - klucz GC III/1 (marzec-czerwiec 1940) – W W. Brytanii po przeszkol. walczył w 308DM - Zestrzelił samolotów: 2/0/0. - zmarł w San Francisco - poch. na cm. Św. Krzyża w Colma,CA USA



Thought to be in France 1940

Flight Lieutenant W W Chciuk (Polish): prisoner of war; aircraft failed to return from operational flight over northern France, Spitfire P8327, 308 Squadron, 24 July 1941. PoW 3742 Stalag Luft L3 Sagan and Belaria

Saluting Krystyna Chciuk The Lively Foundation is very sad that Mrs. Krystyna Maria Chciuk passed away in September. She was a lovely person and a friend to so many. Lively and its Artistic Director, Leslie Friedman know how fortunate we are to have known her. At the age of 15, she was sworn in to the Polish Resistance. It was something of an accident because she was really too young. However, she stayed and became a Laczniczka, a courier. She took guns and messages from one side of Warsaw to another and also led soldiers across the occupied city. She participated in the Warsaw Uprising, 1944, and was captured by the Nazis. She was forced into Prisoner of War camps. In 1945 she was freed from the camps and joined the Polish Army in Exile, in London. She met Mr. Wladyslaw Chciuk, a pilot. He had been a Captain in the Polish Air Force and flew with the RAF in the Polish Squadron. He was a Prisoner of War in Germany, 1943-45. They were married in 1951. In 1952, they came to the US, first living in Milwaukee and then moving to San Francisco. While working full time and caring for her family of three daughters and Mr. Chciuk, she devoted herself to preserving the Polish language and culture in her new home. She was the founder of the Lowiczanie Polish Folk Ensemble, teaching and directing the dances. She also was energetic in support of Polish Scouting and Polish Saturday language schools. As her daughters stated in her obituary, “we shared our mother with all of you more so than many people share a family member.” Pani Krystyna Chciuk contributed to the whole Bay Area through her integrity and kindness. She was always a shining light in our multi-cultural culture. She is greatly missed.



Holy Cross, Colma USA
9 CiastułaTadeusz Leopoldkpt./F/LtP-0378PilotOBE

Krzyż Walecznych

Medal Lotniczy (x3)

302DM
1979-10-07+ 701909-10-27Kazimierz D.zmarł w Birchington-on-Sea Kent – spopielony w Margate krematorium Kent UK
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: Brother of Ludomir Ciastuła was an engineer, graduate of Warsaw University of Technology, he worked in Instytut Techniczny Lotnictwa (Polish Boscombe Down) as a test pilot and likely was evacuated with the institute. His s/n indicates he likely reached England in mid 1940 and was not in RAF. According to bio note I have, he was at RAE since mid 1941, and it seems his operational flying was to gain experience, at least officially. In 1946 he was an instructor at Polish Resettlement Corps, so likely he was demobbed at the beginning of 1947. He worked for Westland. (Courtesy Franek Grabowski)

Flight archives, search for the surname only, with small biographies and new appointments post war. etc. (Courtesy Dennis Burke) He was a pioneer in British helicopter design. Tadeusz was in charge of the Westland design team that created the Westland Scout for the British Army and the RN version, Westland Wasp. (Courtesy Roy Nixon) Gazette Issue 45262 published on the 31 December 1970. Page 9 of 32 OBE To be Ordinary Officers of the Civil 'Division of the said Most Excellent Order : Tadeusz Leopold Joseph CIASTULA, Chief Engineer and Special Director, Westland Helicopters Ltd., Yeovil. For services to Export.



10 CieplińskiFilippor./F/OP-1545PilotVirtuti Militari

9341
Krzyż Walecznych (x3)

Medal Lotniczy (x2)

7 AACU1943-03-01261917-05-26Bridgeport USA1943 zginął – RAF Castle Bromwich-„Oxford”-R6309-lot ćwiczebny z dwoma uczniami z RAF. Z nie ustalonych powodów samolot rozbił się w Nuneaton, (Coventry Road) w Warwickshire. Uczniowie ponieśli śmierć na miejscu. Pilot zmarł po kilku godzinach. – pochowany na cmentarzu w Newark (314/K) UK
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: Forum Post: I realise this post was originally the youngest Aircrew member in Bomber Command, but the subject of young Air Cadets of the ATC, killed has cropped up, in Nuneaton last week, when I was asked by a Civic Society member if a circa 1942 / 1943 air crash could be traced at a bridge, at the Griff, near Nuneaton, which killed all the crew whilst on a training sortie. 28 February 1943 an RAF aircraft struck a rail bridge on the Nuneaton to Coventry road, near the Griff, Nuneaton. A member of the Nuneaton Civic Society is going to research this crash as the aircraft had been seen by an eyewitness over Collycroft (near Bedworth) and if this turns out to be same crash that I had heard about previously, the aircraft ended up in the railway cutting near Gipsy Lane. Cadets – Air Training Corps David Troup (CWGC) aged 15, died 28th February 1943, buried Erdington (Greek Orthodox Churchyard) or 'Troup William D.' per GRO March 1943 Index. Stanley G. Broomhead aged 15, died 3rd March 1943 (CWGC) or [Stanley Broomhead per GRO Index], buried Handsworth. Cadet Broomhead was initially injured - 'Broomhead 7 AACU Oxford R6390 Injured 28/2/1943' per Hank Welting. Pilot Ciepliński Filip died 1st March 1943 No. 7 AACU, buried Newark (name, burial place? and unit online Polish site source) GRO Index 'Cieplinski Filip' aged 25 CWGC – no trace found currently at the moment under name variants (Require a Cemetery search). CWGC do not have the names on their search site, exactly as Registered by the Registrar.





Newark, UK
11 CzerwonkaJózefplut./F/Sgt780641Strzelec pokładowyKrzyz Walecznychm (x4)

Medal Lotniczy

301DB
1942-06-06231919-11-23JaworznoUr. w Jaworznie, pow. Chrzanów. - Wychowanek SPLdM w Bydgoszczy w 1936 i ukończył szkołę w Krośnie w 1939 roku jako radiomechanik. Został przydzielony do 2PL w Krakowie- 24 eskadry rozpoznawczej. Brał czynny udział w Kampanii wrześniowej 1939 roku w Ramach Armii „Kraków”. Został ewakuowany na Węgry. W 1940 roku przedostał sie do Francji a następnie do W. Brytanii gdzie przybył 14 stycznia 1940. Zgłosił się ochotniczo do personelu latającego. Po przeszkoleniu na radiotelegrafistę i strzelców samolotowych, wpierw został skierowany do OTU a następnie w roku 1941 do 301DB. W roku 1942 zginął– RAF Hemswell-„Wellington”-Z1331- lot bojowy, bombardowanie Essen. Od chwili startu, brak było łączności. Samolot został prawdopodobnie zestrzelony do morza. Zginęła cała załoga. - poch. na cmentarzu w New Eastern Amsterdam Holandia (47/1/85)
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: 1942-06-06 Wellington lV Z1331 GR-C Take off RAF Helmswell 23:18 attack on Essen. 49% moon. Claim by Hptm Helmut Lent Stab II/NJG2 - flying Bf 110 F-4 R4+AC from Leeuwarden airfield. IJsselmeer East of Amsterdam at 0116. Crew: Pilot: P-0218 Fg Off Daniel Plawski MIA, Co-Pilot: P-76772 F/O Jan Kozak, Navigator: P-0355 F/O f Paweł Jan Wybraniec - Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery B 9 (body found IJsselmeer near Lighthouse Marken), W/Op/A/G: P-780641 Flt Sgt Jan Czerwonka Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery B 15 (body found at IJsselmeer near Uitdam), A/G: P-784965 Sgt Kazimierz Andrzej Podgorski PAF Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery B 12 (body found at Volendam Harbour). A/G: P-793030 Sgt Roman Radecki

(Note: 1942-06-02 Z1331 GR-C on 2nd 1000 bomber raid to Essen attacked by a Ju88 50/60 miles east of Harwich at 03.15, believed to be Ju 88 C-6 of 7./NJG 2 based at Gilze-Rijen airfield in the Netherlands, flown by Oberfeldwebel Heinz Strüning. No casualities.)



Amsterdam New Eastern Holland
12 FuśniakJózef sierż./W/O780945Strzelec pokładowyBEM

Medal Lotniczy

301DB
2017-07-04+1922-05-10WarszawaUr. w Warszawie. – Wychowanek SPLdM w Świeciu nad Wisłą. – Po kampanii wrześniowej 1939 roku, przez Francję przedostał się do W. Brytanii. Z Bazy w Blackpool, został wysłany na kurs strzelców pokładowych do 18 OTU. Wykonując lot szkolny, w dniu 30.01.1942– RAF Bramcote-„Wellington”-N2848-lot ćwiczebny. W skutek złej widoczności samolot zderzył się z wyniosłością terenu pod Buckden Pike w Yorkshire. Pozostali członkowie załogi zginęli. Uratował się tylny strzelec Jan Fuśniak, który ze złamaną nogą doczołgał się do pobliskiej wioski. Wrócił do bazy. Za ratowanie załogi został odznaczony Medalem „British Empire Medal” (BEM). 1948 Bexleyheath DA7 Kent UK
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: 1942-01-30 Wellington I G (N2848) took off for a training flight. Crew: Pilot instructor Cpt. pil. Czesław Kujawa (P/0115) Age 26, students: Second Lt. pil. Jerzy Polczyk (P/1615) Age 24, obs. Tadeusz Jan Biegański (P/1368) Age 28, Sgt. W/Op Jan Sadowski (792642) Age 32, and Cpl. Front Gunner Jan Tokarzewski (782024) Age 25, Rear Gunner - Sgt Jozef Fusniak PAF (780945) Rear gunner. During the flight, the crew was surprised by a snowstorm, which caused the the pilots to lose their orientation completely. They tried unsuccessfully to follow a course back to base by visual navigation. At. At 12:15, with minimal visibility, their Wellington collided with a stone wall almost two meters high on Buckden Pike Hill in Yorkshire. The plane rolled several hundred meters over the hill. Four airmen died on the spot, - Sgt. Jan Sadowski was badly injured.

Fuśniak was thrown into the snow from as his rear gun turret detached from the hull, and he suffered a fracture of his left leg. Despite great pain, he wrapped his injured companion in a parachute to protect him from cooling down. Jozef went for help, leaning on a fragment of the crashed plane as a crutch. For several hours he crawled behind a fox's footprints in the snow, hoping to reach a farm or other human settlement. On the way he had to overcome many stone walls, which, combined with the low temperature, leg injury and shock after the crash, made the journey extremely difficult. Finally, heavily chilled, he reached the village of Cray, located nearly two kilometers in a straight line from the Buckden Pike summit. He was spotted there by two people and transferred to the White Lion Inn. He was given first aid there and then an ambulance was called. Due to snowdrifts on the roads, it took some time to arrive to take the wounded gunner to Skipton General Hospital. The owners of the inn also notified the services about a second aviator waiting to be rescued in the wreckage. Owing to difficult weather conditions, the search for the crashed plane was stopped and only started the next day. By that time, Sadowski had died. In 1973, thanks to Fuśniak's efforts, a monument was erected on Buckden Pike to commemorate his comrades killed in the crash. The monument standing there to this day consists of a cross, a fox figure and a plaque with the words: "Thanksgiving to God, the Parker family and local people and in memory of five Polish RAF airmen who died here on 31/1/42 - buried in Newark - Signed: The Survivor "




Buckden Peak Memorial

Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: 1942-07-21 Wellington lV Z1406 GR-G 301 Sqd Takeoff at 23:36 hrs for an operation to Duisburg in Nordrhein-Westfalen. Exploded in mid-air when coned by searchlights and hit by heavy Flak. Wreckage fell onto the town of Herne. Sgt Fusniak was blown from his turret (Rear Gunner) and landed by parachute near some railway tracks. Even though he was badly wounded and in shock he managed to climb aboard a coal train. Unfortunately, he was found during a search on the German-Dutch border. He spent a month in hospital before being transferred to Lamsdorf. This remarkable man survived the notorious Lamsdorf Death Marsh. AIR81/16578 - Crew: Flying Officer Cezary LEWICKI (P/0968), Flying Officer Boleslaw Eugeniusz PESZKOWSKI (P/1097) killed, Flying Officer Kazimierz KUCZA (P/1467), Sergeant Robert Bronislaw MALISZEWSKI (P/780393), Pilot Officer Piotr KUDERSKI (P/1724), Warrant Officer Józef Fusniak (780945): PoW Stalag 344 Lamsdorf. PoW Number 25108

Sergeant Józef Fuśniak lived in Bexleyheath near London. In 2016, he moved to a retirement home in Cambridge. He died on July 4, 2017 at the age of 95. His farewell took place at the Cambridge Crematorium. From June 30, 1945, he was married to Jessica Blaikie, they had two children.






Cambridge Crematorium
13 GóreckiRyszardppor./F/OP-2901PilotKrzyż Walecznych (x4)

Medal Lotniczy (x4)

Odznaka Za Rany i Kontuzje (Wound Badge)
303DM
+ 1916-05-231995 Favares FL USA
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: Joined 303 Sqd 2 July 1941. * P-2901/782111 Sgt Ryszard Gorecki, No.303 Sqn., Spitfire IIb P8463:RF-T, ditched 2 July, 1941, picked up 74 hours later. Gorecki's version of this event can be read here: 303 Squadron The Complete Illustrated History - Vol. One, 1779 - 12 July 1941. Matusiak,Wojtek Walton-on-Thames:Red Kite, 2014. pp.186-7.

14 HawryłowiczAlojzy Stefanpor./F/LtP-2364Nawigator2002-05-09+ 861916-07-06Gorliczynazmarł w Polskim Osiedlu w Penrhos – pochowany w Pwllheli (BE-61) UK
15 IwanowskiJanplut./F/Sgt704890PilotMedal Lotniczy

Air Force Medal
1919-06-18Nowogródekbrak dalszych informacji
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: Born in Novogrudek, in what was once Poland but is now part of Belarus, Jan was one of eight children. Barely in his twenties, he enlisted in the Polish army but was captured by the Russians and sent to the Lubyanka prison in Moscow, home of the KGB and its successor the FSB. After a year Jan was sent to a gulag in Siberia where he was forced to work in the vast forests, felling trees in horrendous conditions. After two years in the forced labour camp Jan was handed over to the British as part of a soldiers’ exchange programme. After travelling through Afghanistan and the Middle East he ended up in North Africa, where he had to be given new clothes and shoes, because he had nothing left but rags hanging off him. Over several months, he and other Polish soldiers who had been captured by the Red Army travelled to South Africa, then across the Atlantic to North America and Canada. "The British didn't quite know what to do with us but in the end they took us to Britain," Jan recalled. "That's when I joined the RAF and trained to be a pilot. "I've always loved flying. It was something I enjoyed doing." Jan arrived in Great Britain in 1942 and was soon flying above London to protect the capital from Luftwaffe bombing raids. "Flying was a passion: but I did my duty, too. I knew that, when their planes went down, we were taking out their best. "There was a strong sense of satisfaction when you saw a German plane go down."

Jan with wife Beatrice




Jan at 100!
16 JaugschLeon Hubertppor./P/OP-0633Pilot303DM
1984-04-08+ 701914-12-30ToruńUr. w Toruniu. Absolwent XII Promocji SPL, - po ukończeniu w 1939 przydzielony do 4PL w Toruniu– 142 Esk. Myśl. z którą odbył kamp. wrześniową 1939. Przez Rumunię przedostał się do Francji, przydzielony do 1/145DM „Warszawski” (03.06.1940). W W. Brytanii latał w 303DM w czasie od maja 1941 do marca 1942. – brak danych o dalszym przebiegu służby w PSP. - zmarł w Los Alamitos CA USA
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: De Havilland Mosquito Mk.VI RF847, 16 Ferry Pilots Pool, Kirkbride crashed Riccalton, Cheviot Hills on 30th March 1945. The aircraft left Kirkbride at 14:30 hours but owing to poor weather conditions the pilot had to fly east and then north. Whilst flying up Redesdale, approximately 15 miles from Jedburgh the pilot noticed what he thought to be a fire in the starboard engine nacelle. The pilot panicked, failed to carry out any fire drill, and abandoned the aircraft by parachute. The Mosquito broke up in the air scattering wreckage over an area three miles long and 1 mile wide, the main bulk of the wreckage landing near Riccalton Farm on the Scottish side of the border. A detailed examination of the wreckage by the Accidents Investigations Branch (AIB) found no evidence of fire in either engine or around the nacelles. It is believed that Leon Jaugsch had seen the glare from the exhausts whilst flying through a cloud causing him to panic and believe that the aircraft was on fire. (Courtesy Jim Corbett

17 KarpińskiStanisławpłk/A/CdrP-1378PilotVirtuti Militari

6396
OBE


Krzyż Walecznych

Medal Lotniczy (x4)

305DB
1982-01-30+ 901891-12-17Piotrków Tryb.Prezes Stowarzyszenia Lotników Polskich na Zachodzie w latach 1952-1954 - zmarł w Los Angeles CA USA ● gen brygady
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: In February 1940 he was appointed chief of staff of the Polish Air Force and on May 3 this year promoted to the rank of colonel. On the Franco-German front, Polish pilots, fighting in the composition of French keys (with the exception of the independent Warsaw Squadron), shot down 52 German planes. The total number of Polish aviation personnel there was around 10,000. people, of which 9161 came to England after the defeat of France (beaten in 17 days!). It required from the command of that time tremendous organic work, tact and skill, and above all, knowledge of foreign languages. The architect of these difficult works was Stanisław Karpiński. His extensive staff experience and knowledge of French, English (apart from German and Russian) turned out to be invaluable. Initially being the chief of staff, Karpiński aimed to transfer to the line service. In August 1940, he was assigned to bomber aviation. Unable to be directly involved in the squadrons due to his age and high military rank, he accepted the proposed position of the commander of the Bomber Training Operational Center. In May 1942, at the request of the Commander-in-Chief, he was appointed Deputy Inspector of the Polish Air Force, and after the PSA Inspectorate was renamed the PSP Command, from April 1944. He was the deputy commander and he was the deputy commander of the Polish Air Force until April 1947. At this point, it should be remembered that in the context of the victory over Germany, the contribution of Polish pilots is huge and unquestionable. It would not be possible without proper organization of the PSP management. In the years 1940 - 1945 10 fighter squadrons, 4 bomber squadrons and one artillery squadron were created, the Polish Fighter Team and the Polish Balloon Squadron were created. Fighter planes made 73 thousand. (!!!) flights, and bombing over 12 thousand (!!!). Nearly 16 thousand. transport flights and 1,300 special flights. 764 German planes and 190 V-1 rockets were shot down. Almost 15,000 bombs, 1,500 mines and 693 parachutists were dropped. On the day the war ended, the personnel of the air force amounted to 14,000 people, a large part of whom could not or did not want to return to the enslaved homeland.



Plaque at Piotrków Trybunalski airport Poland
18 KołoszczykTadeusz Józefplut./F/Sgt794927PilotMedal Lotniczy

306DM
1944-09-27251919-11-22GrzymaczewRAF Andrews Field-„Mustang”-FZ196- wystartował w składzie dziewięciu samolotów do lotu bojowego oznaczonego kryptominem „Ramrod1297”. Przed wejściem w chmury pilot zameldował przez radio dowódcy o złej pracy silnika i o powrocie do bazy. Brak jakichkolwiek danych o śmierci pilota. Rozbity samolot odnaleziono w Holandii, a obok niego grób plut. Kołoszczyka – w miejscu oznaczonym na mapie jako map ref. E.434 38.
Rob Philips quote: 'CWGC rejected the identity claim regarding the Polish aviator Tadeus Josef Koloszczyk, buried as unknown in Veghel Cemetery, The Netherlands, claim forwarded by Jan Hey and Jos van Alphen. The first argument for rejection was that the colour of the body's hair did not match with the RAF record of the aviator. It had to be pointed out to CWGC that hair colour can remain unchanged for centuries, but can also change significantly within hours after death. The hair colour argument is forensic rubbish, and therefore invalid. CWGC demonstrated to have insufficient knowledge in this field. '



This grave in Veghel Cemetery, The Netherlands, of an unknown Polish airman, was identified by Jos van Alphen and Jan Hey as that of T.J. Kołoszczyk. The claim was rejected by the CWGC, as proof was not considered to be 100%. The grave is cared for by Mr. Van Boxtel, who eyewitnessed the crash of Koloszczyk. He produced the name plate placed in front of the headstone.
19 KozakJanpor./F/O76772PilotKrzyz Walecznych (x4)

Medal Lotniczy (x2)

301DB
1942-06-06321910-05-28PoznańAbsolwent VIIII Promocji SPL, - po ukończeniu w 1934 przydzielony do 5PL w Lidzie. – W maju 1939 podjął organizację 5 Plut. Łączności dla Bazy Lotniczej nr.5, z którą we wrześniu 1939 ewakuował się na Łotwę. Przez Szwecję przedostał się do Anglii. Po przeszkoleniu nawigacyjnym został skierowany w 1941 do 301DB. Po wylataniu tury operacyjnej przeszkolił się na pilota i powrócił do macierzystego dywizjonu. W roku 1942 zginął – RAF Hemswell-„Wellington”-Z1331- lot bojowy, bombardowanie Essen. Od chwili startu, brak było łączności. Samolot został prawdopodobnie zestrzelony do morza. Zginęła cała załoga.
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: 1942-06-06 Wellington lV Z1331 GR-C Take off RAF Helmswell 23:18 attack on Essen. 49% moon. Claim by Hptm Helmut Lent Stab II/NJG2 - flying Bf 110 F-4 R4+AC from Leeuwarden airfield. IJsselmeer East of Amsterdam at 0116. Crew: Pilot: P-0218 Fg Off Daniel Plawski MIA, Co-Pilot: P-76772 F/O Jan Kozak, Navigator: P-0355 F/O f Paweł Jan Wybraniec - Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery B 9 (body found IJsselmeer near Lighthouse Marken), W/Op/A/G: P-780641 Flt Sgt Jan Czerwonka Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery B 15 (body found at IJsselmeer near Uitdam), A/G: P-784965 Sgt Kazimierz Andrzej Podgorski PAF Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery B 12 (body found at Volendam Harbour). A/G: P-793030 Sgt Roman Radecki

(Note: 1942-06-02 Z1331 GR-C on 2nd 1000 bomber raid to Essen attacked by a Ju88 50/60 miles east of Harwich at 03.15, believed to be Ju 88 C-6 of 7./NJG 2 based at Gilze-Rijen airfield in the Netherlands, flown by Oberfeldwebel Heinz Strüning. No casualities.)



Polish Memorial Northolt UK
20 KujawaCzesławkpt./F/OP-0115PilotKrzyż Walecznych

Medal Lotniczy

18 OTU1942-01-30371905-07-30ChruślinAbsolwent IV Promocji w SPL – po ukończeniu w 1930, dostał przydział do 3PL w Poznaniu. We wrześniu 1939 ewak. się z Bazą Lotniczą na płd.wsch. kraju. W Anglii po przeszk. na pilota otrzymał przydział do 18 OTU. 1942 zginął – RAF Bramcote-„Wellington”-N2848- lot ćwicz. Wskutek złej widocz. samolot zderzył się z wynios. terenu pod Buckden Pike w York’s. Uratował się tylny strzelec sierż. Jan Fuśniak. Pozostali członkowie załogi zginęli - poch. na cmen. w Newark (306/A/K) UK
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: On January 30, 1942, he took off for a training flight on board the Wellington I G (N2848). The rest of the crew were: instructor Cpt. pil. Czesław Kujawa and students: Second Lt. pil. Jerzy Polczyk, see obs. Tadeusz Biegański, Sgt. Jan Sadowski and Cpl. Gunner Jan Tokarzewski. During the flight, the crew was surprised by a snowstorm, which caused the pilots to lose their orientation completely. They tried unsuccessfully to follow a course to base by visual navigation. At. At 12:15, with minimal visibility, their Wellington collided with a stone wall almost two meters high on Buckden Pike Hill in Yorkshire. The plane rolled several hundred meters over the hill, crashing completely. Four airmen died on the spot, and the fifth - Sgt. Jan Sadowski - was badly injured.

Fuśniak was thrown into the snow from a rear firing point detached from the hull and suffered a fracture of his left leg. Despite the great pain, he wrapped his injured companion in a parachute to protect him from cooling down. Sam went for help, leaning on a fragment of a crashed plane. For several hours he crawled behind the fox's footprints in the snow, hoping to reach a farm or other human settlement. On the way he had to overcome, among others stone walls, which, combined with the low temperature, leg injury and shock after the crash, made the journey extremely difficult. Finally, heavily chilled, he reached the village of Cray, located nearly two kilometers in a straight line from the Buckden Pike summit. He was spotted there by two people and transferred to the White Lion Inn. He was given first aid there and then an ambulance was called. Due to snowdrifts on the roads, it took some time to arrive and take the wounded gunner to Skipton General Hospital. The owners of the inn also notified the services about a second aviator waiting to be rescued in the wreckage. Due to difficult weather conditions, the search for the crashed plane was stopped and only started the next day. By that time, Sadowski had died. In 1973, thanks to his efforts, a monument was erected on Buckden Pike to commemorate the comrades killed in the crash. The monument standing there to this day consists of a cross, a fox figure and a plaque with the words: "Thanksgiving to God, the Parker family and local people and in memory of five Polish RAF airmen who died here on 31/1/42 - buried in Newark - Signed: The Survivor "




Buckden Peak Memorial



Newark UK
21 KuźniackiAndrzej Czesławppor./F/OP-2315PilotVirtuti Militari

9395
Krzyż Walecznych (x4)

Medal Lotniczy (x2)

45 GT1944-04-25301914-03-31Ludwina, Jarocin-RCAF Montreal-„Liberator”- EW148 - wykonywał lot transp. z Montreal w Kanadzie do Indii. Pilotowany przez kpt. Kazimierza Burzyńskiego Z nieustalonych powodów samolot spadł na zabudowania Montrealu i spalił się. Zginęła cała załoga - pochowany na cmentarzu w Cote des Neiges Montreal Quebec Kanada (22/24)
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: Liberator EW148 1944-04-25. Being ferried by 45 (AT) Group via RCAF Gander to India when it crashed six minutes after takeoff from RCAF Dorval at 09:30. On initial climb, lost altitude over central Montreal. Just cleared Mount Royal, and narrowly missed the Sun Life Building, the Bonaventure Railway Station and a school before slamming into tenements on Shannon and Ottawa Streets in the community of Griffintown in Montreal, Québec. 5 crew and 10 civilians on the ground were killed in the ensuing explosion and fire. Pilot may have been trying to reach the St. Lawrence River to ditch the aircraft. The cause thought to be the structural failure of the tailplane. Weather may have had a bearing on the accident. Crew: Kazimierz BURZYNSKI, Flt Sgt Islwyn JONES (635095) RAF, Andrezej Czeslaw KUZNIACKI, Adolf Jan NOWICKI, P/O James Smith WILSON (J/39021) RCAF



MONTREAL NOTRE DAME DES NEIGES CEMETERY, Canada Lot 3410 Sect. M. Grave 22.24
22 ŁakomyAlbinst.sierż./Cpl784516Radio mechanikVirtuti Militari

13550
Krzyż Walecznych (x4)

Medal Lotniczy (x4)

308DM

300DB

1994-06-02+ 791915-02-16Kamionnazmarł w Poznaniu Polska (AK ps.”Twornik”)
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: Volunteered to be dropped into Poland to help the AK (Home Army). To Italy, Brindisi. He left on the night of April 9, 1944. Lublin District of the AK, operated the radio station of the District Headquarters, commanded a platoon and fought. In October 1944, he betrayed the AK to the Polish People's Army. In November 1951 he was arrested. Sentenced to 2.5 years in prison but granted an amnesty. He was released in March 1954.




Poznan Cmentarz Milostowo Poland
23 Łozowicki (Lawson)Alojzy 'Lolek'sierż. /Sgt782216PilotKrzyż Walecznych (x2)

Odznaka Za Rany i Kontuzje (Wound Badge)
304DB
1983+ 1915-05-24Wilno LitwaZmarł w Wallingford Berk’s UK -brak daty zgonu i dalszych informacji
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: 'Lolek' Lawson, along with his wonderful wife Pat, were treasured family friends of Stefan Pietrzak. He translated many family letters between UK and Poland, made many telephone calls for us, and accompanied us on a visit to Warszawa where he became a great friend to my uncle Ryszard (younger brother of my late father Aleksander Pietrzak VM) and his wife my beloved Aunt Jadzia. He is greatly missed. Great tales of desperate corkscrews to escape the nightfighters.

Wellington R1413 near Micklefield. On the night of 30th September / 1st October 1941 this 304 Squadron aircraft had been used on an operational flight to bomb Hamburg, on the return flight they had landed at Finningley. During the morning of the 1st October 1941 the aircraft was to be flown the five miles back to Lindholme and the second pilot (from the operational sortie) along with a number of ground-crew were on board for the short flight. No fuel was put in the aircraft before take-off. Why the aircraft was so far away from the Finningley area is not known but later the same morning the aircraft ran out of fuel, after the crew became lost. The short hop of a flight between Finningley and Lindholme would hardly be any distance at all to become lost. It is possible the pilot took the three members of ground crew for a round-about route back to Lindholme and got themselves lost in the process. The aircraft was force-landed in a large field and close to a railway line between Micklefield and Garforth. It would appear to have pretty much stayed intact and the crew escaped serious injury with one member possibly sustaining slight injuries. It remained in the field for some days before 60 M.U. recovered it, firstly it was taken up the field and nearer to Micklefield (probably so it was closer to the nearest road when the trailers became available). The aircraft was guarded in the field by a detachment of men from 70 Btn. West Yorkshire Regiment, stationed at Wetherby. The aircraft was later taken away, rebuilt and flew again. Pilot - Sgt Alojzy Lozowicki PAF (P.782216). Mechanic - Sgt Wladyslav Krzempek PAF (P.781622). Mechanic - A/C Florian Polok PAF (P.780609). Mechanic - LAC Edward Wrona PAF (P.782160). Slightly injured. On 12th / 13th April 1942 Lozowicki was flying Ops to Essen in Wellington DV437 when the aircraft was attacked by an enemy night-fighter. He took evasive and although the port engine failed the pilot was able to make a return to the UK but force-landed after the other engine overheated, he made a crash landing near March, Cambridgeshire. After the incident in April 1942 Lozowicki did not fly again with 304 Squadron and was posted to Blackpool in 1943 (which was a holding unit for aircrew). After discharge from PAF/RAF service he remained in the UK, became a British subject and changed his name to Lawson.

24 ŁukaszewiczMarianpor./F/OP-0160PilotKrzyż Walecznych (x3)

Medal Lotniczy

303DM

315DM
1941-11-23251916-06-21WilnoAbsolwent XII Promocji SPL, - po ukończeniu w 1939 przydzielony do 5PL – 151 Esk. Myśl. w Lidzie i w jej składzie walczył w kampanii wrześ.j 1939. We Francji przydzielony do I/153DM ?„Warszawski” do czerwca 1940. W W. Brytanii od 23 lipca 1940 skier. do 302DM, po tygodn. pobycie odesł. do bazy Blackpool gdzie jest do września 1940. Nast. przesunięty do 307DMN, a po 2 mies. do 303DM oraz do 616DM RAF. Pod koniec 1941r otrzym. przydział do 315DM. 1941 zginął – RAF Northolt- „Spitfire”-W3573- wystart. do lotu boj. w składzie dywizjonu jako osłona „Hurricanów” lecących bombard. Bourbourg - Pas de Calais. Samolot uszkodz. przez artylerię plotn., - wpadł do kanału La Manche. - Zestrzelił samolotów: 1/0//0. - Pilot zginął.
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: 1st Escadrille The Polish Fighter Squadron (Polish language: I/145 Polski Dywizjon Myśliwski , French language: Groupe de Chasse Polonaise), also known by its' designation GC I/145, was the largest fighter unit of the Polish Air Forces in France. Formed of Polish pilots who evaded capture by the Nazis and the Soviets in the aftermath of the Invasion of Poland of 1939, the unit was initially earmarked to be sent to Finland as part of the aborted plan of Allied intervention in the Winter War. Eventually it took part in the Battle of France defending the French skies along the allied armies. Joined 303 Sqd October 1940

III/5 Dywizjon Myśliwski

25 ŁuszczewskiJerzyplut./F/Sgt782444PilotMedal Lotniczy

10 Bomber & Gunnery School (B&GS)1940-11-27241916-01-08Niżni Łomow– RAF Dumfries- „Whitley”-P5009- lot szkolny. Z nie ustalonych powodów samolot rozbił się koło miejscowości Loch Enoch, na wschód od Merrick. Zginęli także por. pil Leon Szamrajew i pasażer AC1 D. Barnes z RAF. – plut. Łuszczewski został pochowany na cmentarzu St. Andrews w Dumfries, (237) UK
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: The aircraft had taken off from Dumfries for a short flight to West Freugh near Stranraer, though the unit ORB recorded the flight as being the opposite direction, so that a group of officers could be collected and brought to Dumfries. The aircraft was tracked by the Royal Observer Corps as far as Dalry on the eastern side of the mountains. Nothing more was seen or heard of the aircraft until wreckage was discovered by a shepherd at Loch Enoch to the north of Glen Trool on the 11th December. AC Barnes’ body was never found and assumed to be trapped in that wreckage beyond reach. He was recorded on the Runnymede Memorial in Surrey as missing. (courtesy Peak District Air Crashes) (courtesy Peak District Air Crashes)





26 Maciejowski (Manson)Michał Karol Mirosław (Michael)por./F/LtP-1912 / 780485Pilot Battle of BritainVirtuti Militari

9367
DFC

DFM


Krzyż Walecznych (x4)

Medal Lotniczy (x4)

249 Sqd

316DM

2001-04-26+ 881913-10-2929.10.1913 Gródek Jagiell. Ukraine01.07.-31.10.1940 brał czynny udział w Bitwie o Wielką Brytanię. 09.08.1943 – RAF Northolt (316DM) –„Spitfire”-BS457- lot bojowy w składzie dywizjonu, operacja „Ramrod”, wskutek zderzenia z drugim Spitfire’em –BS302- pomiędzy Leudinghem a Neuf-Manoir nad Francją, wyskoczył na spadochronie, ranny - do niewoli niem. – Zestrzelił: 9/1/1:- zm. w Winnipeg MB Kanada
Courtesy Henryk Juszczak: MICHAEL KAROL MANSON DFC DFM October 29, 1913 - April 26, 2001 Died peacefully at home at the age of 87. He served in the Polish Air Force in the RAF during the Second World War, where he was a Battle of Britain Fighter Pilot. After the war he was a test pilot with the RAF and later a catering officer. He lived in England until the death of his wife Christine then moved to Winnipeg in 1987 to live with his only daughter Karen Schmidt. He will be greatly missed by his daughter Karen, his best friend Novilla Cohan, his dog Mattie and his many friends. Michael enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest, travelling, square dancing, carpet bowling, playing Bridge, cooking and gardening. He will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, May 2 at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Silver Avenue at Whytewold Road. In lieu of flowers, donations in Michaels memory may be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society, 5 Kent St., Winnipeg, Man., R2L 1X3, or a charity of choice. NEIL BARDAL INC. 949-2200 As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 28, 2001



Courtesy Sikorski Inst.

North Weald 1940 with PipSqueak


North Weald 1940 with Wilfred

27 MozółKazimierz werkm./W/O793345MechanikMedal Lotniczy

303DM
1981-12-06+ 821899-02-25Krakówzmarł w Warszawie Polska
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: Polish ground staff were vital to 303 Sqd and 302 Sqd achieving unprecedented levels of combat-readiness during the Battle of Britain, allowing the pilots to sustain the inevitable battle damage but still be ready for combat the next day.

W/O Kazimierz Mozoł with P/O Jan Zumbach at Northolt during the Battle of Britain, Zumbach's Hurricane being refueled behind



Warszawa, Wóycickiego - Cmentarz Północny Poland
28 NosowskiStefan Kazimierzsierż./W/O781282PilotKrzyż Walecznych (x3)

Medal Lotniczy (x4)

302DM

16 (P)SFTS
1946-05-08281918-09-01Ryki– RAF Newton – „Oxford”-HN207-lot trening. W rejonie miejsc. Nuthal, samolot wskutek utraty prędkości, zwalił się na ziemię. Pilot zginął. – pochowany na cmentarzu w Sheffield (7412) UK
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: Joined 302 Sqd April 1942. Written off (destroyed) 8 May 1946: The pilot, sole crew on board, was performing a circular training sortie at RAF Nuthall, Borough of Broxstowe, Nottinghamshire. On final approach, while flying at a height of 100 feet, the Airspeed Oxford HN207 nosed down and crashed in a huge explosion near the runway threshold. The aircraft was destroyed and the pilot was killed. Warrant Officer Stefan Kazimierz Nosowski, Polish Air Force, Service Number P/781282, aged 27, killed in a flying accident 08/05/1946. Stefan Nosowski is buried in Sheffield (City Road) Cemetery, Sheffield, South Yorkshire Cause: The exact cause of the loss of control could not be determined with certainty. However, it was reported that the pilot was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident. It is possible that due to turbulence or external factors, his head hit the ceiling of the cockpit or was violently thrown against the control column.



Sheffield City Road UK
29 NowakFelikspor./F/OP-2284 / 703830PilotMedal Lotniczy

60 OTU1944-11-09281916-04-24Piaski, Czeladź- RAF High Ercall – „Mosquito”- DT244 - wykonywał nocny lot szkolny. Po starcie do kolejnej, szóstej rundy dookoła lotniska, w ostrym wirażu spikował do ziemi i eksplodował w Haughmond Hill w Shro’s. Powodem wypadku był wyciek glikolu. Pilot zginął. - pochowany na cmentarzu Shrewsbury, (517/10) UK
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: 1944-11-09 Mosquito DT244 60 OTU Porucznik Feliks NOWAK (P/2284) - killed in Mosquito DT244, which crashed on a night training flight. Soon after taking off on a sixth circuit, spun in and crashed at Haughmond Hill, Shropshire. A glycol leak was found to be the cause of the crash.

Shrewesbury General Cemetery UK
30 NowickiAdolf Jankpt./F/LtP-0832ObserwatorVirtuti Militari

9697
Krzyż Walecznych (x3)

Medal Lotniczy (x3)

45 GrTr. RAF1944-04-25311913-06-01Olszana- RCAF Montreal-„Liberator”-EW148- wykonywał lot transp. z Montreal w Kanadzie do Indii. Pilot kpt. Kazimierz Burzyński. Z nieustalonych powodów samolot spadł na zabudowania Montrealu i spalił się. Zginęła cała załoga. - Nowicki Adolf został poch. na cmentarzu w Montreal Quebec. (22/23) Kanada
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: Liberator EW148 1944-04-25. Being ferried by 45 (AT) Group via RCAF Gander to India when it crashed six minutes after takeoff from RCAF Dorval at 09:30. On initial climb, lost altitude over central Montreal. Just cleared Mount Royal, and narrowly missed the Sun Life Building, the Bonaventure Railway Station and a school before slamming into tenements on Shannon and Ottawa Streets in the community of Griffintown in Montreal, Québec. 5 crew and 10 civilians on the ground were killed in the ensuing explosion and fire. Pilot may have been trying to reach the St. Lawrence River to ditch the aircraft. The cause thought to be the structural failure of the tailplane. Weather may have had a bearing on the accident. Crew: Kazimierz BURZYNSKI, Flt Sgt Islwyn JONES (635095) RAF, Andrezej Czeslaw KUZNIACKI, Adolf Jan NOWICKI, P/O James Smith WILSON (J/39021) RCAF

MONTREAL NOTRE DAME DES NEIGES CEMETERY, Canada
31 PatalanStanisławkpt./F/LtP-1237ObserwatorVirtuti Militari

9699
Krzyż Walecznych (x3)

Medal Lotniczy (x2)

301DB

511 Sqd RAF

1943-09-30351908-06-07IgnacewoUr. w m. Ignacewo pow. łomżyński. – Abs. VII Promocji SPL. Po ukończ. w 1933 roku przydz. do 1BB – 3 Komp. Bal. Obsł. – We wrześniu 1939 roku dowodził 3 Komp. Bal. należącą do lotnictwa Armii „Łódź”. W Anglii latał w 511DT RAF. W roku 1943 zginął – RAF Portreath (Kanada) – „Dakota”-FL515- noc. lot transp. Po starcie sam. utracił prędkość i wpadł do morza. Posz. nie dały żadnego rezultatu. Zginęła cała załoga – 3 Brytyjczyków i 8 pas. oraz kpt. St.Patalan – jedyny Polak w załodze. – zginął w morzu.
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: 1943-11-30 Dakota FL515 511 Sqd RAF Destination believed to be Gibralter. The aircraft took off just after midnight but entered a spin from which it did not recover. Lost without trace. Question if correctly loaded, or was overweight and whether the trim had been wrongly set. The situation was exacerbated by the prevailing weather, which included strong vertical air currents. All on board were killed: W/O J H GILLIES 26 Pilot, F/S J BENNETT 25 Co-Pilot, F/L S PATALON Nav Polish Air Force, F/S T W PEARMAN 32 W/Op, Sgt W BROWN 30, LAC P G HODGKINS, A/C2s A E WORT 19, D SHAW 19, H R AVES, R HURLEY 19, W KENNEDY 19 and J D HAMES



Polish Memorial Northolt UK
32 PietraszkiewiczStanisławppłk/S/LdrP-1238PilotVirtuti Militari

9227
Krzyż Walecznych (x3)

Medal Lotniczy (x2)

Królewski Order Miecza

303DM

307DMN

315DM

1988-12-04+ 821906-04-20MińskUr. w Mińsku Litewskim (Rosja). – Chcąc zostać oficerem lotnictwa, rozpoczął szkolenie na rocznym kursie unitarnym w Szkole Podchorążych w Warszawie. Abs. II Promocji OSL, - w Grudziądzu, - po zakończ. 15 sierpnia 1928 roku został prom. na ppor. obs. i otrzymał przydział do 5PL w Lidzie. Przen. w 1932 do 1PL-112 Esk. Myśl. w Warszawie – był jej dowódcą w latach 1934-37. We wrześniu 1939 roku, wspólnie z kadrą Centrum Wyszkolenia Lotn. próbował ratować sprzęt lotniczy z nadzieją odtworzenia bazy szkoleniowej na wschodnich terenach Polski. – 17 września 1939 roku przekroczył granicę z Rumunią i dostał się do Francji. We Francji był szefem grupy 19 pilotów polskich, których skierowano na przeszk. do Ośrodka Wyszk. Myśl. w Versailles. Po kapitulacji Francji przedostał się do W. Brytanii, gdzie po przeszk. otrzymał przydział w dniu 9 września 1940 roku, jako 1-szy dowódca, do organiz. się 307DMN „Lwowskiego”. W roku 1941 jest również 1-szym dowódcą 315DM ”Dęblińskiego” – 8 września 1941 roku w walce powietrz. nad Francją, dostał się do niewoli. Po wyzw. wrócił do W.B. i był abs.VII kursu WSL. – Zestrzelił samolotów: 3/1/1. - zmarł w Cape Town Południowa Afryka ● ppłk dypl pil
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: Joined 303 Sqd August 1940. In 315 from Jan 1941 till Sep 1941. Score: 3-1-1. Occupied commanding posts during the Polish Campaign and flew operationally during the French Campaign. In England posted to 303 Sqn, and soon after took a CO position at 307 (night fighters) Sqd. Requested to to be transferred back to day fighters and after a short stay with 303, and became the first CO of 315 Sqd. On 21 September, 1941, had to bale out over France a was taken prisoner. The rest of the war spent in Stalag Luft III. Settled first in England then in South Africa, where he died in 1988.

33 PławskiDanielpor./F/OP-0218PilotVirtuti Militari

9645
Krzyż Walecznych (x3)

Medal Lotniczy (x2)

Odznaka Za Rany i Kontuzje (Wound Badge)
301DB
1942-06-06261916-01-01PetersburgUr. w Petersburgu Rosja. Abs. XIII Promocji SPL,- ukończył w 1939 z 97 lokatą. – We Francji był wykł. języka francuskiego w bazie Lyon-Bron. W marcu 1940 odkomend. na przesz. w bazie Caen. W W. Brytanii został przesz. w 12 i 18 OTU. Od marca 1941 latał w 301DB. Wykona 21 lotów boj. W roku 1942 zginął – RAF Hemswell-„Wellington”-Z1331- lot boj. bombard. Essen. Od chwili startu, brak było łączności. Samolot został prawdopodob. zestrz. do morza. – Zginęła cała załoga.
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: 1942-06-06 Wellington lV Z1331 GR-C Take off RAF Helmswell 23:18 attack on Essen. 49% moon. Claim by Hptm Helmut Lent Stab II/NJG2 - flying Bf 110 F-4 R4+AC from Leeuwarden airfield. IJsselmeer East of Amsterdam at 0116. Crew: Pilot: P-0218 Fg Off Daniel Plawski MIA, Co-Pilot: P-76772 F/O Jan Kozak, Navigator: P-0355 F/O f Paweł Jan Wybraniec - Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery B 9 (body found IJsselmeer near Lighthouse Marken), W/Op/A/G: P-780641 Flt Sgt Jan Czerwonka Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery B 15 (body found at IJsselmeer near Uitdam), A/G: P-784965 Sgt Kazimierz Andrzej Podgorski PAF Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery B 12 (body found at Volendam Harbour). A/G: P-793030 Sgt Roman Radecki

(Note: 1942-06-02 Z1331 GR-C on 2nd 1000 bomber raid to Essen attacked by a Ju88 50/60 miles east of Harwich at 03.15, believed to be Ju 88 C-6 of 7./NJG 2 based at Gilze-Rijen airfield in the Netherlands, flown by Oberfeldwebel Heinz Strüning. No casualities.)



Polish Memorial Northolt UK
34 PodgórskiKazimierz Andrzejplut./Sgt784965Strzelec pokładowyVirtuti Militari

9511
Krzyz Walecznych (x4)

Medal Lotniczy

301DB
1942-06-06231919-11-22Kraków– RAF Hemswell-„Wellington”-Z1331- lot boj, bombard. Essen. Od chwili startu, brak było łączności. Samolot został prawdopodob. zestrz. do morza. Zginęła cała załoga.
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: 1942-06-06 Wellington lV Z1331 GR-C Take off RAF Helmswell 23:18 attack on Essen. 49% moon. Claim by Hptm Helmut Lent Stab II/NJG2 - flying Bf 110 F-4 R4+AC from Leeuwarden airfield. IJsselmeer East of Amsterdam at 0116. Crew: Pilot: P-0218 Fg Off Daniel Plawski MIA, Co-Pilot: P-76772 F/O Jan Kozak, Navigator: P-0355 F/O f Paweł Jan Wybraniec - Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery B 9 (body found IJsselmeer near Lighthouse Marken), W/Op/A/G: P-780641 Flt Sgt Jan Czerwonka Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery B 15 (body found at IJsselmeer near Uitdam), A/G: P-784965 Sgt Kazimierz Andrzej Podgorski PAF Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery B 12 (body found at Volendam Harbour). A/G: P-793030 Sgt Roman Radecki

(Note: 1942-06-02 Z1331 GR-C on 2nd 1000 bomber raid to Essen attacked by a Ju88 50/60 miles east of Harwich at 03.15, believed to be Ju 88 C-6 of 7./NJG 2 based at Gilze-Rijen airfield in the Netherlands, flown by Oberfeldwebel Heinz Strüning. No casualities.)



Amsterdam New Eastern Holland
35 PolczykJerzyppor./P/OP-1615PilotMedal Lotniczy

18 OTU1942-01-30251917-04-14Ur. w m. Miechów, woj. kieleckie. - Abs. XIV Promocji SPL 1939. Po kamp. wrześ. 1939 intern. na Węgrzech, skąd przez Jugosławię, Grecję dotarł do Francji. Po upadku Francji odpłynął do W. Brytanii gdzie po kursach odśwież. w 16 EFTS-Newton i 8 SFTS-Montrose w październiku 1941 został skierowany do 18 OTU. 1942 zginął – RAF Bramcote-„Wellington”-N2848- lot ćwicz. W skutek złej widoczności samolot zderzył się z wyniosł. terenu pod Buckden Pike, York’s. Uratował się tylny strzelec sierż. Jan Fuśniak. Pozostali członkowie załogi zginęli – ppor. J. Polczyk został poch. na cmen. w Newark (306/A/L) UK
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: 1942-01-30 Wellington I G (N2848) 18OTU took off for a training flight. Crew: Pilot instructor Cpt. pil. Czesław Kujawa (P/0115) Age 26, students: Second Lt. pil. Jerzy Polczyk (P/1615) Age 24, obs. Tadeusz Jan Biegański (P/1368) Age 28, Sgt. W/Op Jan Sadowski (792642) Age 32, and Cpl. Front Gunner Jan Tokarzewski (782024) Age 25, Rear Gunner - Sgt Jozef Fusniak PAF (780945) Rear gunner. During the flight, the crew was surprised by a snowstorm, which caused the the pilots to lose their orientation completely. They tried unsuccessfully to follow a course back to base by visual navigation. At. At 12:15, with minimal visibility, their Wellington collided with a stone wall almost two meters high on Buckden Pike Hill in Yorkshire. The plane rolled several hundred meters over the hill. Four airmen died on the spot, - Sgt. Jan Sadowski was badly injured.

Fuśniak was thrown into the snow from as his rear gun turret detached from the hull, and he suffered a fracture of his left leg. Despite great pain, he wrapped his injured companion in a parachute to protect him from cooling down. Jozef went for help, leaning on a fragment of the crashed plane as a crutch. For several hours he crawled behind a fox's footprints in the snow, hoping to reach a farm or other human settlement. On the way he had to overcome many stone walls, which, combined with the low temperature, leg injury and shock after the crash, made the journey extremely difficult. Finally, heavily chilled, he reached the village of Cray, located nearly two kilometers in a straight line from the Buckden Pike summit. He was spotted there by two people and transferred to the White Lion Inn. He was given first aid there and then an ambulance was called. Due to snowdrifts on the roads, it took some time to arrive to take the wounded gunner to Skipton General Hospital. The owners of the inn also notified the services about a second aviator waiting to be rescued in the wreckage. Owing to difficult weather conditions, the search for the crashed plane was stopped and only started the next day. By that time, Sadowski had died. In 1973, thanks to Fuśniak's efforts, a monument was erected on Buckden Pike to commemorate his comrades killed in the crash. The monument standing there to this day consists of a cross, a fox figure and a plaque with the words: "Thanksgiving to God, the Parker family and local people and in memory of five Polish RAF airmen who died here on 31/1/42 - buried in Newark - Signed: The Survivor "




Buckden Peak Memorial



Newark UK
36 RadeckiRomankpr./Sgt793030Strzelec pokładowyVirtuti Militari

9523
Krzyz Walecznych (x4)

Medal Lotniczy

301DB
1942-06-06271915-08-09Warszawa– RAF Hemswell-„Wellington”-Z1331- lot boj, bombard. Essen. Od chwili startu, brak było łączności. Samolot został prawdopod. zestrzelony do morza. Zginęła cała załoga.
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: 1942-06-06 Wellington lV Z1331 GR-C Take off RAF Helmswell 23:18 attack on Essen. 49% moon. Claim by Hptm Helmut Lent Stab II/NJG2 - flying Bf 110 F-4 R4+AC from Leeuwarden airfield. IJsselmeer East of Amsterdam at 0116. Crew: Pilot: P-0218 Fg Off Daniel Plawski MIA, Co-Pilot: P-76772 F/O Jan Kozak, Navigator: P-0355 F/O f Paweł Jan Wybraniec - Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery B 9 (body found IJsselmeer near Lighthouse Marken), W/Op/A/G: P-780641 Flt Sgt Jan Czerwonka Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery B 15 (body found at IJsselmeer near Uitdam), A/G: P-784965 Sgt Kazimierz Andrzej Podgorski PAF Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery B 12 (body found at Volendam Harbour). A/G: P-793030 Sgt Roman Radecki

(Note: 1942-06-02 Z1331 GR-C on 2nd 1000 bomber raid to Essen attacked by a Ju88 50/60 miles east of Harwich at 03.15, believed to be Ju 88 C-6 of 7./NJG 2 based at Gilze-Rijen airfield in the Netherlands, flown by Oberfeldwebel Heinz Strüning. No casualities.)



Polish Memorial Northolt UK
37 SadowskiJanst.szer./Sgt792642Strzelec pokładowyMedal Lotniczy

18 OTU1942-01-30231919-09-13Ciepielów
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: 1942-01-30 Wellington I G (N2848) 18OTU took off for a training flight. Crew: Pilot instructor Cpt. pil. Czesław Kujawa (P/0115) Age 26, students: Second Lt. pil. Jerzy Polczyk (P/1615) Age 24, obs. Tadeusz Jan Biegański (P/1368) Age 28, Sgt. W/Op Jan Sadowski (792642) Age 32, and Cpl. Front Gunner Jan Tokarzewski (782024) Age 25, Rear Gunner - Sgt Jozef Fusniak PAF (780945) Rear gunner. During the flight, the crew was surprised by a snowstorm, which caused the the pilots to lose their orientation completely. They tried unsuccessfully to follow a course back to base by visual navigation. At. At 12:15, with minimal visibility, their Wellington collided with a stone wall almost two meters high on Buckden Pike Hill in Yorkshire. The plane rolled several hundred meters over the hill. Four airmen died on the spot, - Sgt. Jan Sadowski was badly injured.

Fuśniak was thrown into the snow from as his rear gun turret detached from the hull, and he suffered a fracture of his left leg. Despite great pain, he wrapped his injured companion in a parachute to protect him from cooling down. Jozef went for help, leaning on a fragment of the crashed plane as a crutch. For several hours he crawled behind a fox's footprints in the snow, hoping to reach a farm or other human settlement. On the way he had to overcome many stone walls, which, combined with the low temperature, leg injury and shock after the crash, made the journey extremely difficult. Finally, heavily chilled, he reached the village of Cray, located nearly two kilometers in a straight line from the Buckden Pike summit. He was spotted there by two people and transferred to the White Lion Inn. He was given first aid there and then an ambulance was called. Due to snowdrifts on the roads, it took some time to arrive to take the wounded gunner to Skipton General Hospital. The owners of the inn also notified the services about a second aviator waiting to be rescued in the wreckage. Owing to difficult weather conditions, the search for the crashed plane was stopped and only started the next day. By that time, Sadowski had died. In 1973, thanks to Fuśniak's efforts, a monument was erected on Buckden Pike to commemorate his comrades killed in the crash. The monument standing there to this day consists of a cross, a fox figure and a plaque with the words: "Thanksgiving to God, the Parker family and local people and in memory of five Polish RAF airmen who died here on 31/1/42 - buried in Newark - Signed: The Survivor "




Buckden Peak Memorial



Newark UK
38 StańskiWacławpor./F/OP-2677PilotVirtuti Militari

11486
DFC

Krzyż Walecznych (x3)

Medal Lotniczy

302DM
1986-06-18+ 661920-07-17Biezienczukzmarł w Płocku
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: 1937 a gliding course at the Warsaw Aero Club. He planned to graduate from the Aviation School in Dęblin. Admitted to a course for cadets in Świdnik - today's LPW-II. Shortly before the outbreak of the war, he was trained on a RWD-8 aircraft in Świdnik.After September 1, 1939, he made his way to Romania, and then to Bulgaria and Lebanon. There was a camp for refugees near Beirut. From there by ship to France. During the war, Wacek Stański shot down 2 1/2 enemy aircraft (Focke Wulf FW-190). The main task of the 131st Fighter Wing (302, 308 and 317 squadrons) was not intercepting but assault attacks. Wacek had a record number of bombings from a diving flight in Wing 131. He writes about it, among others. Tadeusz Schiele in his memoirs - "Close to Heaven" (Katowice 1966), a friend of Wacek, a Zakopane resident, pilot, writer, mountaineer, - pseudo Haberbusch (who will guess today where this pseudonym came from. Maybe some old-time beer drinker. networks).When asked if he was ever really afraid, he replied:"Yeah, like hell when they shot me down over the front lines, somewhere in France or Belgium." The line ran between some Wehrmacht division and a Canadian division. I landed forcibly, without a landing gear, in the forest gap between them. Both of them are fighting against me like crazy people. I was under the fuselage of the Spitfire and my pants were full. Fortunately, the Canadians turned out to be better. Buried Warszawa - Cmentarz rzymsko-katolicki na Bródnie







Brodnie Cemetery, Warszawa
39 StefanusKornel Romanpor./F/OP-0664PilotMedal Lotniczy

302DM

3 (P)AFU
1942-03-24+ 311909-04-02brak danych– RAF South Cerney – został zabity przez lądujący samolot na lotnisku Bibury, Cirencester. – pochowany na cmentarzu w Cirencester (EEE/15) UK
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: Joined 302 Sqd 1942. Killed in ground accident at 3(P) AFU on March 24, 1942.

"We were an Army Cooperation squadron, flying Lysanders in Scotland, and learning ourselves and teaching others to cooperate with the ground forces of the Scottish Command, which included units of the Polish Army. There was plenty of work, and thanks to our excellent mechanics we were able to fly more hours than any other squadron in the Army Cooperation Command. For the pilots the work was quite exacting, as apart from the actual piloting they had to shoot, bomb, photograph, navigate and also learn to send and receive coded messages by Morse. Nevertheless it was realised that Lysanders were completely unsuitable for these tasks in the circumstances of real war, and we hoped and prayed for re-equipment with faster and better armed planes. In this atmosphere tales were rife and scarcely a week passed without news of new and wonderful planes with which our squadron was about to be re-equipped. In the spring of 1942, I was asked by the Chief Pilot whether I would like to go on a course to fly Mustangs. Although my heart cried with joy I refused to volunteer, but said that certainly I would like to go if ordered. I must put in here a long aside about volunteering. We have a saying in Poland: "Volunteers perish", and when I was saying good-bye to my mother when leaving home for the war, almost her last words were (and she was an ardent patriot) "Do your duty, but do not volunteer." In 309 squadron, fed up with the phoney war in Scotland, two of the most experienced and excellent pilots, F/O Kornel Stefanus and F/O Bronek Baster asked to be transferred to bomber squadrons, which were at that time carrying out bombing missions over Europe. Their request was granted. Kornel was killed on the ground whilst still in an Operational Training Unit; during night flying an aircraft swung into a group of people at the end of the run and he was the only one killed. Bronek actually joined a bomber squadron but on his first operational flight he had to turn back because of engine trouble. The next day he was testing his aircraft after repairs and went into a dive which finished in the ground." Janusz Jozef Lewkowicz (1970's account)



Cirencester UK
40 Sulerzycki (Szufel)Mieczysław Juliuszmjr/F/LtP-0605PilotKrzyż Walecznych

Medal Lotniczy (x4)

302DM

308DM

1983-12-06+ 791904-07-01PysznicaUr. w Pysznicy woj. lwowskie. Abs. III Promocji w SPL – po ukoń. w 1929, dostał przydz. do 6PL we Lwowie. W latach 1936-39 był zast. dowódcy 122 Esk. Myśl. We Francji jest dowódcą klucza. – W Anglii był oficerem oper. w 302 i 308DM oraz na stacjach RAF Northolt i Tangmere. W latach 1944-45 pełnił funkcję oficera łączn. PSP przy sztabie 11 Grupy Myśl. - zm. w szpit. Mabledon Dartford i tam został spop. UK
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: Suleczycki Juliusz Mieczysław was born in Pysznica in the family of Kazimierz and Marianna Szufel. In later years, he changed his name to Sulerzycki (W. Grudniak). Assigned to the Aviation Cadet School, which he completed with a 25th position out of 90 students. Mieczysław Szufel (he did not use his first name) was sent to the observers' course at the Officer Aviation School in Dęblin. After completing the course, he returned to the home 6th Aviation Regiment in Lviv for apprenticeship. Released to the reserve on September 30, 1927. August 15, 1929, he joined the 61st Line Squadron. In 1930 he changed his name to Sulerzycki. in 1932 he was sent to Deblin to qualify as a pilot. In the summer of the following year, he was transferred from Lviv to Krakow, where he joined the 2nd Air Regiment, first as a pilot of the 122 and then the 123 Mysliwska Squadron. In 1934 he was appointed a lieutenant, and in 1936 he became the deputy commander of the 122 Fighter Squadron, whose pilots were considered the best aviation acrobats in the Polish aviation. In the spring of 1939, he was appointed captain. In the summer of 1939, he was sent to the Aviation Training Center in Dęblin. No combat assignment during the September campaign. In the fall of that year, he found himself in France, where 18 Polish fighter pilots were selected to join the detachment of 18 Polish fighter pilots to undergo training in the French Morany at the Lyon-Bron base. This training took place in Montpellier and was planned for three months and was completed after less than one. After returning to Lyon, the Montpellier Group (as they were unofficially named) was divided into 3 airplane patrols, which were sent for internships to French units. Captain M. Sulerzycki was commander of one of the patrols. Together with lieutenants: Kawnik and Rychlicki, he was assigned to the French fighter squadron GC III / 6, which was stationed at the Wez-Thuisy airport near Reims. At the end of April, the GC III / 6 was moved to the Swiss border. After the German attack on France Cpt. M. Sulerzycki met a German bomber in the air "The enemy plane began to lose altitude, and from time to time puffs of smoke could be seen from the engine. which indicated that I probably hit him. After the ammunition was exhausted, I reported the direction and location of the enemy plane by radio." During one of the patrol flights, on May 22, 1940, in the Cambrai-Le Catelet area, the fight between the Morans GC III / 6 and the Messerschmitts Bf-109 and Bf-110 took place. In this fight, M. Sulerzycki's plane was hit and forcibly landed in Crei. On June 15, they were urgently transferred to Perpignan airport from where they flew to Algiers. M. Sulerzycki reached Blackpool in early July 1940. Ruled that the health of the 36-year-old pilot did not allow him to continue flying. however, his knowledge and skills were used after M. Sulerzycki had completed the flight controllers' course. He served as the controller until the end of the war, guiding pilots, among others Polish 302 and 308 squadrons. He died abroad on December 6, 1983, and his ashes were buried in the crypt of Andrzej Bobola's church in London.

In French Campaign: Section no.3 Cpt. Mieczyslaw Sulerzycki GC III/6 Cpt. Mieczyslaw Sulerzycki, Sec. Lt. Erwin Kawnik and Sec. Lt. Boleslaw Rychlicki. There were no pilots who were killed in action. Captain Sulerzycki claimed one aircraft destroyed and another aircraft as being a shared destroyed. Second Lieutenant Kawnik claimed three aircraft destroyed, and Sec. Lt. Rychlicki claimed a single Bf-110 destroyed.







St. Andrzej Bobola, London UK>
41 SurkowWłodzimierzplut./F/Sgt704961Nawigator2018-07-301001918-05-19OrzełUr. Brześć n/B.>1947>Australia>Canley Vale NSW 2166 > 2015 UPA Melrose Village Nursing Home, Pendle Hill NSW. 2145. Buried Pinegrove Memorial, Minchinbury NSW 2770 (Garden of Memories 3) * (inf.A.M.-TP) 2/2018 *T/nr. "On Friday the 18th of May, Melrose celebrated the 100th birthday of a great friend, Wally Surkow. Wally came to our village in 2004, where his calm, relaxing personality was felt by all immediately. During Wally’s many years at Melrose, Wally developed plenty of friends and participated in many activities and events. Wally was always seen to be very talented in his sport, being one of the best shuffleboard and carpet bowls players the village has ever seen. However this is not what everyone knows Wally for, Wally is known for his love of food, ladies, religious activities and singing with his big loud voice. On Friday 18th, everyone was treated to this special event, as Wally sang for all those who attended his 100th birthday party, as he celebrated with a big cake with family, friends and staff who have all been part of Wally’s life for a number of years. On behalf of Melrose, we wish Wally a happy 100th and all the best for the future." Barbara Knox Personal Assistant to Regional Manager & Retirement Village Coordinator UPA SYDNEY REGION Administration Hub 123-157 Bungaree Road, Pendle Hill 2145 Telephone: (02) 8197 9304 Facsimile: (02) 9631 6806 Email: [email protected] www.upa.org.au
42 SzadkowskiJerzy Stefansierż./W/O780622PilotKrzyż Walecznych

Medal Lotniczy (x2)

303DM

302DM

1979-03-25+ 581921-09-02Wieluńzmarł w York UK
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: Joined 303 Sqd January 1944, 302 Sqd July 1944

At just six miles away, Plumetot was the closest allied airfield to Caen, which was still being strongly defended by the enemy; the airfield was under occasional sniper and shell fire. A battery of Quick-Firing 25-pounder anti-tank guns was quickly established for airfield defence. The airfield was operational from 10th June. 123 Wing (198 Sqn and 609 Sqn with Typhoons) began using the airfield on 1 July 1944 and remained at the airfield until the 19th. For the French, one particular landing stands out, that of the Free French fighter Squadron Leader Yves Ezanno who was attached to 198 Fighter Squadron of the RAF: he was ‘one of their own’, helping to liberate their country. 35 Recce Wing (2 Sqn with Mustang II, 4 Sqn with Spitfire XI and 268 Sqn with Mustang IA), 135 Wing (33 Sqn) with Spitfire IXE and a Spotting Wing (652 squadron) with Auster Mk IV AOP also used the airfield. The first Pole to be based at Plumetot was F/Lt Mieczysław Urban, who was a member of 4 Sqn. During the last week of July Polish 131 Wing started using Plumetot as a daytime advanced refuelling and re-arming airfield. On 31st July F/Sgt Jerzy Szadkowski, flying from Plumetot was shot down and spent the remainder of the war in captivity. (courtesy Richard Kornicki). Died in York UK


43 SzamrajewLeonpor./P/OP-0447PilotMedal Lotniczy

10 Bomber & Gunnery School (B&GS)1940-11-27231917-06-16Charków– RAF Dumfries-„Whitley”-P5009- lot szkolny. Z nie ustal. powodów samolot rozbił się koło miejsc. Loch Enoch, na wschód od Merrick. Zginęli także plut. -uczeń strzelec Jerzy Łuszczewski i pasażer AC1 D. Barnes z RAF. – por.L. Szamrajew pochowany na cmentarzu św.Andrzeja w Dumfries, Szkocja (237/B) UK
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: The aircraft had taken off from Dumfries for a short flight to West Freugh near Stranraer, though the unit ORB recorded the flight as being the opposite direction, so that a group of officers could be collected and brought to Dumfries. The aircraft was tracked by the Royal Observer Corps as far as Dalry on the eastern side of the mountains. Nothing more was seen or heard of the aircraft until wreckage was discovered by a shepherd at Loch Enoch to the north of Glen Trool on the 11th December. AC Barnes’ body was never found and assumed to be trapped in that wreckage beyond reach. He was recorded on the Runnymede Memorial in Surrey as missing. (courtesy Peak District Air Crashes)





44 TarkowskiCzeslawkpt./F/Lt76743PilotKrzyż Walecznych (x4)

Medal Lotniczy (x3)

85 Sqd RAF

605 Sqd RAF

315DM

307DM

2001-11-09+ 821919-05-15BursztynowoUr. w m. Tarpno woj. toruńskie. - Abs. XIII Promocji SPL. Z Rumunii przez Liban, Francję przybył w styczniu 1940 do W. Brytanii. Po przesz. w 56 OTU latał w 85DM RAF do października, a następnie w 605DM RAF do listopada 1940. Po kursie instr. przenies. do 56 OTU gdzie lata do września, a nast. przen. do 58 OTU do grudnia 1941. - W dniu 19 kwietnia 1941 wystart. do lotu trening. Hurricane - V7059 (symul. walka powietrz), zderzył się z Hurricane - N2337 pilotow. przez ppor. Jerzego Niżyńskiego, który zginął. Kpt. Tarkowski uratował się skokiem ze spadoch. - Przen. do 315DM gdzie latał boj. do września 1943. W maju 1944 mian. dcą esk. w 307DMN. Zestrzelił 1/0/0 samolot. Po demob. był oblatywaczem w 5 MU a nast. wstąpił do lotnictwa w Pakistanie (Pakistan A.F.serv.no. 833 – od 16.12.1948 do 21.07.1949. – Później latał w Orient Airways, poprz. państw. linii Pakistan Airways ) - zmarł nagle w Hythe, Kent – spop. w Barham krem. k/Canterbury Kent UK
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: "Assigned to 85 Squadron at Church Fenton on Hurricanes. To 605 Squadron at Biggin Hill sector station. 8th November 1940, Tarkowski in Hurricane, N2649 UP-O, foggy at around 9 o’clock, but once they reached 10,000 feet, there was clear blue sky all around. To meet an incoming raid and patrol the Maidstone and Tonbridge area. Climb to 27,000 feet with the warning that “bandits are in front of you”. By now Tarkowski could just make out pairs of enemy aircraft in the distance, glistening in the morning sunlight. With a closing speed in excess of 600 mph, Bf109 appeared in Tarkowski’s gun sight and instinctively he fired off a burst of gunfire from his eight Browning machine guns, but without result. A loud bang in the nose of his Hurricane announced that he had taken a hit. As the cockpit quickly filled with smoke, his immediate thoughts were to avoid a pilot’s worst nightmare, that of fire. Training had taught him to open the cockpit hood, invert the aircraft and simply fall out, but the choking smoke caused him to lose consciousness. Was this to be how it would end? He successfully deployed his parachute and took in the view below as he drifted silently earthwards. A group of farmworkers from Sissinghurst Castle Farm were coming towards him in a menacing fashion armed with pitchforks, sticks and an ancient double barrelled shotgun. Assuming him to be a German, he was instructed to surrender. It took a while to establish his true identity and soon helping hands were assisting him and took him to a nearby house, where a doctor had been summoned. His wounds comprised burns and a leg injury, which the doctor treated as best he could. The family living at the house were obviously taken by this courageous young flyer and insisted that he joined them for lunch. His post lunch slumber was broken by the arrival of an RAF sergeant and staff car that had arrived to take him back to Biggin Hill. Tarkowski was driven off, but encountered more hostility when the car stopped at traffic lights en route to Biggin Hill. After the sergeant had informed the crowd that he was, in fact, a Polish airman serving with the RAF, a lady stepped forward, opened her purse and offered Tarkowski five shillings! Tarkowski’s Hurricane, N2649 and who was the unseen enemy who shot him down? The answer first of all lay in a hop garden at Harts Heath between Colliers Green and Staplehurst where the Hurricane had embedded itself deep into the ground. 30 years later, the site was investigated by local aviation historian, Ted Sergison, and a number of components were recovered. His assailant was thought to have been Major Gerhard Schopfel, flying a Bf109E attached to Jagdgeschwader 26 based at Caffiers in Northern France. Schopfel was, at the time, the Gruppenkommandeur of the Third Gruppe of JG26 and had been the recipient, in September of the Knight Cross of the Iron Cross, having accounted for 20 enemy aircraft. Czeslaw Tarkowski ended the war with the rank of Squadron Leader. He scored a single aerial victory, claiming a Junkers Ju188 on the night of the 3rd March 1945 whilst at the controls of a De Havilland Mosquito of No.307 Squadron. After the war, Tarkowski settled in England and had a successful career in aviation. Original article written by Graham Holmes – taken from the personal memoirs of Czeslaw Tarkowski . Submitted by Matthew McCarthy – Grandson of Captain Tarkowski (1919-2001)" Courtesy RAF Museum)


45 TarwidAleksander Stanisław (The Red Baron)plut./Sgt794978PilotMedal Lotniczy

MBE

2017-07-18 Basingstoke, U.K.951921-10-23Gostyninbrak dalszych informacji
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: Arrived in Scotland from Murmansk at the end of 1941 and joined the Polish Air Force; "30th Aug 2016, 08:59 Everybody in the rotary world of the sixties and seventies knew Alex Tarwid, the Red Baron. He too was ex-Polish cavalry, the son of the Director of the Polish Railways, who escaped to the UK and joined the RAF. '"If you don't hit your wheels on the ground every hundred yards, you are not low-flying" (The Red Baron) - both from pprune.org forum. "Fast forward to Oman in '74, where he led the Wessex detachment to SOAF (of which I wasn't a part - but I was there!) for which IIRC he was made MBE. I can do no better than quote - apologies for length - from Ian Gardiner's excellent In the Service of the Sultan. Quote: The detachment was commanded by a Polish pilot called Alek Tarwid. Nothing was too much trouble or too risky for him or his team where we were concerned. A solution would be found. Alek, who was somewhat older than most pilots, had flown Spitfires during the Second World War. Once, he got me up beside him in the cab of his Wessex and gave me a demonstration of what it was like to fly a Spitfire. The Messerschmitts wouldn't have stood a chance! "A Spitfire is like a woman" he used to say in his marked Polish accent. He never amplified. I think it was meant as a compliment to Spitfires. We were always left to speculate what kind of women Alek liked, assuming he favoured women who were like Spitfires......... And I recall in the height of the Cold War him opining that "the Russians would never come west; they know the Poles would never ever support them" We thought at the time he was mad to say that, but of course he was proved right, and lived long enough to see that he was. RIP Sir, they most definitely don't make 'em like that any more......" "Situation: 72 Sqn crewroom, 1968. Me, visiting from Odiham Engineerin Wing, just finishing a coffee. Advised (by Dougal Lawton) not to leave because "Alek is about to give a briefing and this should be good." Alek is about to lead a 3-ship to Salisbury Plain, his other two pilots being on their first week on the squadron, straight from the OCU. They sit there in new flying suits, kneepads and Chinagraphs at the ready. They are expecting a route brief, task details, weather, frequencies, contingencies, the works. The room goes quiet. "OK!" says Alek. "Ze briefink." He pauses. "Ve take off, me 1," (he points) "you 2, you 3. Ve beat ze shit out of ze place, and zen we go to Salisbury! Any qvestions?" No questions. And that is what they did! Spectacular, the bit I saw. R.I.P. Alek"







Basingstoke Crematorium
46 TokarzewskiJan Andrzejkpr./Sgt782024Strzelec pokładowyMedal Lotniczy


18 OTU1942-01-30261916-08-17Cinkiszki– RAF Bramcote-„Wellington”-N2848- lot ćwicz. Wskutek złej widocz. samolot zderzył się z wynios. terenu k/Busckden Pike w York’s. Uratował się tyl. strzelec sierż. Jan Fuśniak. Pozostali członkowie zginęli – poch. na cmen. w Newark (306/A/O) UK
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: On January 30, 1942, he took off for a training flight on board the Wellington I G (N2848). The rest of the crew were: instructor Cpt. pil. Czesław Kujawa and students: Second Lt. pil. Jerzy Polczyk, see obs. Tadeusz Biegański, Sgt. Jan Sadowski and Cpl. Gunner Jan Tokarzewski. During the flight, the crew was surprised by a snowstorm, which caused the pilots to lose their orientation completely. They tried unsuccessfully to follow a course to base by visual navigation. At. At 12:15, with minimal visibility, their Wellington collided with a stone wall almost two meters high on Buckden Pike Hill in Yorkshire. The plane rolled several hundred meters over the hill, crashing completely. Four airmen died on the spot, and the fifth - Sgt. Jan Sadowski - was badly injured.

Fuśniak was thrown into the snow from a rear firing point detached from the hull and suffered a fracture of his left leg. Despite the great pain, he wrapped his injured companion in a parachute to protect him from cooling down. Sam went for help, leaning on a fragment of a crashed plane. For several hours he crawled behind the fox's footprints in the snow, hoping to reach a farm or other human settlement. On the way he had to overcome, among others stone walls, which, combined with the low temperature, leg injury and shock after the crash, made the journey extremely difficult. Finally, heavily chilled, he reached the village of Cray, located nearly two kilometers in a straight line from the Buckden Pike summit. He was spotted there by two people and transferred to the White Lion Inn. He was given first aid there and then an ambulance was called. Due to snowdrifts on the roads, it took some time to arrive and take the wounded gunner to Skipton General Hospital. The owners of the inn also notified the services about a second aviator waiting to be rescued in the wreckage. Due to difficult weather conditions, the search for the crashed plane was stopped and only started the next day. By that time, Sadowski had died. In 1973, thanks to his efforts, a monument was erected on Buckden Pike to commemorate the comrades killed in the crash. The monument standing there to this day consists of a cross, a fox figure and a plaque with the words: "Thanksgiving to God, the Parker family and local people and in memory of five Polish RAF airmen who died here on 31/1/42 - buried in Newark - Signed: The Survivor "




Buckden Peak Memorial



Newark UK
47 UjejskiStanisławgen./A/CdrP-1471ObserwatorKCB

Medal Lotniczy (x3)

305DB
1981-03-31+ 891891-11-14RopczyceDowódca Polskich Sił Powietrznych na Zachodzie 1940-1943 ● Gen. bryg zmarł w Toronto ON Kanada i tam został pochowany.
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: On September 17, 1939, when the eastern borders of Poland were seized by troops of the Soviet Army, he evacuated to Romania. He crossed the border at night in Kuty. After being interned in the camp, he managed to get to Bucharest. From the Romanian capital, he led the evacuation of airmen to France and Great Britain. He himself left Romania at the beginning of February 1940 with false documents in his pocket. In allied France, he found himself "traveling" through Yugoslavia and Italy. He was appointed to the position of the Inspector of the Polish Air Force in France as the delegate of the commander of those. In fact, he was the deputy commander of the Polish Air Force. With the capitulation of France, he again involved in the evacuation of air personnel. Taking care of others, he was the last one to evacuate himself to the Island of Last Hope. The Commander-in-Chief, General Sikorski, appointed him on July 18, 1940, the Inspector of the Polish Air Force. In this position, he proved to be an excellent organizer and representative of the interests of our aviation in contacts with the RAF. After the tragic death of general Sikorski, he resigned because the cooperation with the new Commander-in-Chief was not as he intended. On August 17, 1943, he was dismissed from the position of the Inspector. General Sosnkowski accepted the resignation. However, he entrusted him with the position of Polish representative at the RAF command for the Mediterranean. He took it on October 6, 1943, but remained at the disposal of the Commander-in-Chief.

Commemorated Warszawa, Katedra Wojska Polskiego - kolumbarium





Warszawa, Katedra Wojska Polskiego
48 UrbańskiWładysławwerkm./F/Sgt793509MechanikMedal Lotniczy (x3)

302DM

317DM

318DMR

1977-01-03+ 1904-07-15Chełmno1947 Polska - zmarł w Poznaniu Polska
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: The photo is of 'Urbanski - chief mechanic of 317 Sqd'. It is believed to be Władysław Urbanski: positive confirmation will be appreciated


49 WesołowskiLeonkpr./LAC703653Rusznikarz300DB
1996-03-11+ 811915-09-17WierzchosławiceZmarł w Polskim Osiedlu w Penrhos – pochow na cmentarzu w Pwllheli, Płn.Walia (BE/57) UK
50 WinklerWitold Kazimierzkpt./F/LtP-1841ObserwatorVirtuti Militari

8441
DFC

Krzyż Walecznych (x3)

Medal Lotniczy (x2)

300DB

301DB

1983-03-10+ 661917-01-23Grybówzmarł w Oxford – pochowany na cmentarzu Wolvercote Oxford’s UK
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: Regular service with the Polish Army. Fought in the campaign in Poland in September 1939 at Jaroslaw, Dolny Lezajsk, Lubaczow, Niemirow, Zolkiew, Zloczow, Tarnopol, Buczacz, Tysmienica and Kolomyja. Crossing the border at Kuty into Romania, interned at a camp at Turnu-Severin before obtaining a passport and visa at the end of the year. Departed Rumania for France, via Yugoslavia, at Marseilles January 1940. Evacuated from Le Verdon in June 1940 and arrived at Liverpool on the 25th. Transferring from the Polish Army to the Polish Air Force, under British command, in July 1940, trained as a Navigator in both the U.K. and Canada, being posted to No. 18 OTU in December 1942. May 1943 with 300 (Polish) Squadron, out of Hemswell in Wellingtons. Completing his first sortie on the night of 21st May. Raids on Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Essen and Wuppertal before the month’s end: the raid on Dusseldorf on the night of the 25 May his Wellington attacked by an Me. 109, but successful evasive action by his pilot prevented any casualties or damage. Raid on Wuppertal on the night of the 29 May flak damage. Two mining sorties being flown to Lorient in June, in addition to Dusseldorf and Wuppertal, Cologne. July to Cologne and Aachen, plus the Hamburg “Firestorm” raids on the nights of 27th and 29th, and in the final strike against that devastated city on the night of 2 August 1943. Raid on Munich and “Gardening” sorties to Brest and Borkum (3 times). September mining operations against Terschelling and Lorient. Raids on Hanover (twice), while between October and November Winkler mining trips to Brest, Egmont (on the Dutch coast), Lorient and Texel.

DFC Award Approved 20th March 1944.: "This Navigator has been detailed for 30 Operational sorties and has never failed to complete his mission successfully. These sorties include Hanover (2) Hamburg (3) Cologne (2) Dusseldorf (2) Wuppertal (2) Essen and other Ruhr targets. On two occasions his aircraft has been engaged in combat with enemy fighters, but displaying outstanding navigational skill and determination he has always bombed his objective and brought his aircraft safely back to base. His cool courage in action has been an inspiration to his crew and I consider that his fine record and outstanding ability warrant the award of the DFC".

Navigator instructor at No. 18 OTU. Second tour of duty with 301 (Polish) Squadron in October 1944, the unit having just been reformed at Brindisi from No. 1586 (Special Duties) Flight with Halifaxes and Liberators, it flew supply-dropping missions to partisans in Albania, Czechoslovakia, Italy, Poland and Yugoslavia. First supply mission to Albania 31 October 1944. 11 clandestine sorties between then and February 1945, majority of them to Drop Zones (DZs) in northern Italy, but with the occasional flight to Poland or Czechoslovakia. Such operations were perilous and a glimpse of one of Winkler’s more hair-raising outings, in fact to Poland on the night of 27 December 1944, may be found in K. A. Merrick’s definitive “Special Duties” history, Flights of the Forgotten: ‘Flight Lieutenant Winkler in Halifax LL118-C made a successful drop from 300 feet but shortly after that his aircraft was picked up by a night fighter which followed it as far as Vistula. No attack developed because of the successful evasive action taken by the pilot of the Halifax, Warrant Officer Nowocin, who took the bomber down to zero feet ...’ And again, on the night of 18 January 1945, in a trip to Italy, his final operational sortie: Flight Lieutenant Winkler’s Halifax, LL118-C, had overflown a large convoy at the head of the Gulf of Venice and had been hotly engaged by heavy flak, forcing evasive action. This, after nearly half an hour of fruitless searching for the allotted D.Z. in the fog-laden Po Valley, added to the crew’s frustration.







Wolvercote, Oxford UK
51 WybraniecPaweł Janpor./F/OP-0355ObserwatorVirtuti Militari

9484
Krzyz Walecznych (x3)

Medal Lotniczy

301DB
1942-06-06321910-01-03Brzezinka– RAF Hemswell-„Wellington”-Z1331- lot boj, bombard. Essen. Od chwili startu, brak było łączności. Samolot został prawdopod. zestrz. do morza. Zginęła cała załoga. P. Wybraniec wyłowiony i poch. na cment. wsch. w Amsterdamie (42/1378)
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: 1942-06-06 Wellington lV Z1331 GR-C Take off RAF Helmswell 23:18 attack on Essen. 49% moon. Claim by Hptm Helmut Lent Stab II/NJG2 - flying Bf 110 F-4 R4+AC from Leeuwarden airfield. IJsselmeer East of Amsterdam at 0116. Crew: Pilot: P-0218 Fg Off Daniel Plawski MIA, Co-Pilot: P-76772 F/O Jan Kozak, Navigator: P-0355 F/O f Paweł Jan Wybraniec - Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery B 9 (body found IJsselmeer near Lighthouse Marken), W/Op/A/G: P-780641 Flt Sgt Jan Czerwonka Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery B 15 (body found at IJsselmeer near Uitdam), A/G: P-784965 Sgt Kazimierz Andrzej Podgorski PAF Amsterdam New Eastern Cemetery B 12 (body found at Volendam Harbour). A/G: P-793030 Sgt Roman Radecki

(Note: 1942-06-02 Z1331 GR-C on 2nd 1000 bomber raid to Essen attacked by a Ju88 50/60 miles east of Harwich at 03.15, believed to be Ju 88 C-6 of 7./NJG 2 based at Gilze-Rijen airfield in the Netherlands, flown by Oberfeldwebel Heinz Strüning. No casualities.)



Amsterdam New Eastern Holland
52 ZielińskiStanisław Władysławkpt./F/LtP-0817PilotVirtuti Militari

9465
Krzyż Walecznych (x3)

Medal Lotniczy

306DM
1941-12-30341907-10-15Skępe– RAF Church Stanton – „Spitfire”-P3945- odb. lot boj. w składzie dywiz. jako tylna osłona wyprawy bombowej na Brest. Zestrzelony podczas walki powietrznej, zginął w morzu. – Zestrzelił samolotów: 1/0/0.
Added by Stefan Pietrzak Youngs: Operation Veracity: 1941-12-30 attack on Kriegsmarine cruisers Gneisenau and Scharnhorst at Brest. RAF Losses: Halifax V9979 coded TL-E of 35 Sqd. He crashes at Posporder, shot down by the Flak. all 7 crew members are killed. Spitfire Mk.Vb AB854 of 234 Sqd shot down by Leutnant Fritz Maly of 5./JG 2. The pilot, Sergeant R. W. Joyce, is captured after making an emergency landing at Plourin. Spitfire AD306 of 317 Sqd, is shot down. The pilot, Sergeant T. Baranowski, was captured after making an emergency landing at Lanrivoaré. Spitfire W3945 of 306 Sqd is shot down by a Messerschmitt Bf-109 fighter. The pilot, Flight Lieutenant Stanisław Zieliński, is killed. The results of the bombardments are insignificant, at least for the cruisers... But these frequent attacks will lead Hitler to organize the 'Cerberus' operation, in order to repatriate the ships to Kiel. This will be done on February 11, 1942, by forcing the Strait of Pas-de-Calais.


ORB for 1941-12-30

Son of Władysław Apolinary Zieliński h. Świnka and Maria Zielińska Husband of Alicja Zielińska (born Regulska)




Polish Memorial Northolt UK

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