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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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04.04.1942 No. 303 Squadron Spitfire Vb AD455 RF-V Fl/Lt. Jan Daszewski

Operation: Circus 119

Date: 4th April 1942 (Saturday)

Unit: No. 303 Squadron (Polish)

Type: Supermarine Spitfire Vb

Serial: AD455

Code: RF-V

Base: RAF Northolt, Middlesex

Location: English Channel

Pilot: Fl/Lt. Jan Kazimierz Michał Daszewski P-1503 PAF Age 26. Missing


Shot down and lost in the English Channel. 15 Spitfires (2 from 303 Squadron) were lost or damaged this day, 8 pilots killed, 2 classed as safe, 5 PoW.

Fl/Lt Daszerwski had been shot down on a previous patrol and baled out (Hurricane I P3890 - severely wounded in a combat with an Me109 at 17:00 hrs on the 7th September 1940.

Jan Kazimierz Michał Daszerwski pictured left during service with the Defense Aerienne Du Territoire (DAT) section at Bourges by a Curtiss Hawk 75 fighter. Right with 303.

Burial Details:

Fl/Lt. Jan Kazimierz Michał Daszewski. Missing. Commemorated on the Polish Memorial, at Northolt and the Warsaw Memorial to missing airman, Poland. Born 5th May 1915.

Many thanks to Jaroslav Petracek for pointing out a typing error within the page.

Refer to Archiwum : extensive data on all Polish Air Force personnel

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