14/15.08.1944 No. 1586 Special Duties Flight Liberator VI KG890 GR-S Fl/Lt. Marian Z. Szostak
Operation: Warsaw supply drops
Date: 14/15th August 1944 (Monday/Tuesday)
Unit: No.1586 Special Duties Flight
Type: Liberator VI
Base: RAF Brindisi, Italy
Location: Nieszkowice Wielkie, Poland
Pilot: Fl/Lt. Marian Zbigniew Szostak 76684 PAF Age 28 Killed
Pilot 2: W/O. Jozef Bielicki 793845 PAF Age 22 Killed
Fl/Eng: Fl/Sgt. Wincenty Tudeusz Rutkowski 792934 PAF Age 23. Killed
Nav (Captain): Fl/Lt. Stanislaw Jerzy Daniel P-0735 PAF Age 34. Killed
Air/Bmr: W/O. Tadeusz Dubowski 794215 PAF Age 21 Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Jozef Witek 794534 PAF Age 29. Killed
Air/Gnr: W/O. Stanislaw Malczyk 793506 PAF Age 28. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Fl/Lt. Marian Zbigniew Szostak and this crew were classed as one of the most experienced aircrews and a great loss to the PAF.
These supply drops were made up from volunteer crews - this crew had made their first drop on the 8th August, all three crews (only three could be mustered for the first drop) made good drops to the Warsaw fighters on the ground. On the 13/14th August a further 54 aircraft made more drops but this time with limited success.
Heavy losses were experienced by the crews, 29 aircraft made drops on Warsaw but about a third of these missed the Polish Home Army and Freedom Fighter enclaves. 20 aircraft had to abandon the mission altogether for various reasons. 11 failed to return and most of the rest were so seriously damaged that they had to be written off.
The RAF lost five crews on this raid, SAAF also lost another 5 crews and the PAF KG890 was also lost. Searchlights blinded the aircrews trying to make the drops which were made from as low as 100 ft! Flak was extremely heavy over the target and the German night fighters were also very active. KG890 was shot down by one of these German night fighters.
KG890 GR-S Being prepared in early August for Warsaw drops.
KG890 GR-S Engine test run.
Fl/Lt. Marian Zbigniew Szostak. Krakow Rakowicki Cemetery, Poland. Plot III Row A Grave 6. Born 11th November 1915 - Warsaw, Poland.
W/O. Jozef Bielicki. Originally buried at Pogwizdowie, but later exhumed and was re-buried in Krakow Rakowicki Cemetery, Poland. Plot III Row A Grave 3. Born 12th February 1922 Warsaw, Poland.
Fl/Sgt. Wincenty Tudeusz Rutkowski. Krakow Rakowicki Cemetery, Poland. Plot III Row A Grave 1. Born 26th February Zakrów, Poland.
Fl/Lt. Stanislaw Jerzy Daniel. Krakow Rakowicki Cemetery, Poland Plot III Row A Grave 5. Born 29th March 1910 Wladywostok, Russia.
W/O. Tadeusz Dubowski. Krakow Rakowicki Cemetery, Poland. Plot III Row A Grave 4. Born 07th July 1923 Krakow, Poland.
Fl/Sgt. Jozef Witek. Krakow Rakowicki Cemetery, Poland. Plot III Row A Grave 2. Born 21st April 1915 Brzeszce, Poland.
W/O. Stanislaw Malczyk. Krakow Rakowicki Cemetery, Poland. Plot III Row A Grave Y. Born 31st January 1916 Fillipoice, Poland.
Aircrew Remembered would like to thank Robert Gretzyngier, Woitek Matusiak, Wadldemar Wojcik and Josef Zielinski for the use of some of these photographs. We highly recommend their publications regarding WW2 Polish Air Force and are happy to provide other researchers where they can be purchased. Memorial photo Jacek Norbert. Grave photos courtesy of Michael M at Find A Grave.