24.04.1943 302 Squadron Spitfire Vb AR385 WX-J Fg.Off. Józef W. Dec
Date: 24th April 1943
Unit: 302 Squadron (Polish)
Type: Supermarine Spitfire VB
Location: North Cotes, Lincolnshire
Pilot: Fg.Off. Józef Wincenty Dec P-0808 PAF Age 29. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
There is not a great deal of information about the loss of this aircraft. In a mid-air incident the tail of AR385 was struck by the propeller of the Spitfire flown by of Plt.Off. Nowak, who managed to bail out. AR385 crashed at North Cotes in Lincolnshire killing the pilot.
Fg.Off. Czesław Jan Nowak P.2070, PAF, Age 20, was shot down whilst flying in a Spitfire VIII of 241 Sqn whilst strafing enemy vehicles on the 30th August 1944. He is buried at the Mądre - cmentarz parafialny in Poland.
In the foreground the airman to the left of Fg.Off. Józef Dec is aircraft mechanic Cpl. Josef Dawidek. In the background is AR385
(Note: Józef Dawidek emigrated to Canada where his name was anglicised to Joseph Davidek. He passed away in July 2019)
Left and above, Northwood Cemetery as visited by Aircrew Remembered in 2013. Any relative / friend who would like a higher resolution copy of the grave we would be happy to email you a copy.
Fg.Off. Józef Wincenty. Northwood Cemetery. Grave Nr. H401. From Prawnik, Poland. NoK details currently not available - are you able to assist completion of these and any other information?
With thanks to 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', Jerzy Bogdan Cynk - 'The Polish Airforce At War' Vol's 1 and 2. Thanks to Brian C. Thorne for the identity of the mechanic in the photograph.