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08/09.08.1941 No. 301 Squadron Wellington IC T2625 GR-B F/O. Liniewski

Operation: Hamburg

Date: 8/9th August 1941

Unit: No. 301 (Polish) Squadron

Type: Wellington IC

Serial: T2625

Code: GR-B

Base: R.A.F. Hemswell

Location: Nieuweschans, Holland.

Pilot : F/O. Michal Liniewski P-81616 P.A.F. Age 29. Killed

Fl/ Eng: F/O. Jan Leonard Maria Wiszniewski P-0333 P.A.F. Age 31. Killed

Nav: P/O. Stanislaw Cioch P-1445 P.A.F. Age 26. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Edward Kozlowski P-782123 P.A.F. Age 22. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Zenon Sylwester Bąderski P-782133 P.A.F. P.o.W. No: 90 Stalag Luft Barth Vogelsang 

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Ignacy Gacoń P-782212 P.A.F. P.o.W. No: 91 Stalag Mühlberg-Elbe 


Took off at 22.26 hrs to join 44 Wellingtons to bomb the railway and shipyards in Hamburg. Target was covered in cloud and only scattered bombing resulted. 5 people on the ground were killed and 8 injured. 20 homes were damaged.


Above left to right: F/O. Liniewski,  F/O. Wiszniewski, P/O. Cioch and Sgt. Kozlowski

This was the only aircraft on this raid lost being shot down by a night fighter from 4./NJG1. Oblt. Ludwig Becker (1) claimed this attacking at 5.200 mtrs and the aircraft was shot down at 00.25 hrs crashing near Nieuweschans. 

(1) This was Oblt. Becker’s second victory out of 44 claimed by the time he went missing after combat with U.S. aircraft on the 27/28th February 1943 north of Schiermonnikoog

Right: Hannover War Cemetery

Burial details:

F/O. Michal Liniewski Hanover War Cemetery.Plot XIII Row D Grave 5. N.o.K details currently not available.

F/O. Jan Leonard Maria WiszniewskiHanover War Cemetery. Plot XIII Row D Grave 7. N.o.K details currently not available.

P/O. Stanislaw Cioch. Hanover War Cemetery. Plot XIII Row D Grave 6. N.o.K details currently not available.

Sgt. Edward Kozlowski. Hanover War Cemetery. Plot XIII Row D Grave 4. N.o.K details currently not available.

Researched for relatives of the crew. With thanks to: Robert Gretzyngier, Woitek Matusiak, Wadldemar Wojcik and Josef Zielinski for the use of some of these photographs. Bill Chorley – ‘Bomber Command Losses Vol 3’, Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie – ‘Nightfighter War Diaries Vol’s. 1 and  2’, Martin Middlebrook ‘Bomber Command War Diaries’.

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