15.04.1941 No. 304 Squadron (P) Wellington Ic R1212 F/O. Rudolf K. ChrIstman
Date: 15th April 1941 (Tuesday)
Unit: No. 304 (P) Squadron
Type: Wellington Ic
Base: RAF Syerston
Location: Flintham Woods, Syerston
Pilot: F/O. Rudolf Karol ChrIstman P-006/76846 PAF Age 35. Killed
Pilot U/T: Sgt. Wiesław Leszek Pietruszewski 793339 PAF Age 22. Killed
Pilot U/T: Sgt. Tadeusz Aranowski 780219 PAF Age 22. Injured
Obs: P/O. Zbigniew Mieczysław Gałczyński P-0023/76863 PAF Age 29. Injured
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Antoni Berger 793337 PAF Age 26. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Jan Franciszek Jarosz 780960 PAF Age 27 Injured
A local committee are trying to arrange a memorial to be placed in the area and fund raising activities are being coordinated by a Mr Ken Ogilvie. For further details please contact us and details will be forwarded.
REASON FOR LOSS:
Not much information on this loss. It seems that the pilot lost control after experiencing engine problems whilst trying to land in a strong cross-wind the Wellington crashed at 17:27 hrs into Flintham Woods, just beyond the airfield at Syerston. 3 of the crew were sadly killed, 3 injured, 2 of which suffered serious injures but all recovered.
This was the first loss from the squadron before they went fully operational on the 25th April 1941.
Anyone with further information are invited to contact us.
F/O. Rudolf Karol ChrIstman. Born 05th April 1906 in Lwów, Poland. Next of kin details not available - are you able to assist?
Sgt. Wiesław Leszek Pietruszewski. Born 25th August 1919 in Warsaw, Poland. Next of kin details not available - are you able to assist?
Sgt. Antoni Berger. Born on 05th January 1915 in Poznan, Poland. Next of kin details not available - are you able to assist?
Other crew information - all survived the war: Sgt. Aranowski born on the 27th September 1919 in Szczutow Poland, P/O. Gałczyński born on the 06th August 1912, Sgt. Jan Franciszek Jarosz born on the 15th September 1914 in Łańcut Poland.
For further details our thanks to Ken Ogilvie for information received. Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945’. Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii’. Also the sources as shown below.