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304 Squadron Crest
15.04.1941 No. 304 Squadron (P) Wellington Ic R1212 F/O. Rudolf K. ChrIstman

Operation: Training

Date: 15th April 1941 (Tuesday)

Unit: No. 304 (P) Squadron

Type: Wellington Ic

Serial: R1212

Code: NZ-?

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.


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.

Burial details:

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.

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Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), 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', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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