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* NOTE ON DATES: IMPORTANT: For consistency, the Date is given as the date the mission TOOK OFF since the precise time of a loss is not always certain. Our date is always the Take Off date as this is unambigous and fixed in the official records, but obviously in those cases where the incident occurred before midnight UK time, then the Take Off Date will be the same as the Incident Date. Of course, most Bomber Command missions flew through midnight, therefore a Luftwaffe claim against a plane - or a locally generated crash report - may record the incident as occurring on the day following our Take Off Date. Bear this in mind when cross-referencing to our Luftwaffe Victories by Name/Date Database and other Luftwaffe sources. In some cases other sources may quote the date following our date, using locally generated reports as their source. (Earlier readers may remember we stated our date was the Briefing Date, but it is in fact the TAKE OFF date). To add to the potential for confusion, remember to take into account a Luftwaffe recorded date will be in local time, 1 hour ahead of UK time. When we discover a validated Incident Date date we change our record if necessary

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#Name* (↑)First NamesTitleRankRAF Equivalent RankService No.BornNationalityRoleAwardsAir Force (↑)Command (↑)Unit (↑)DateofIncident *See Note (↑)Aircraft (↑)TypeSerialCodeVictories (Fighters)BaseTimeMission                        Incident                        FateCommemoratedPhoto (Click to Expand)Referring DatabaseLinks/Archive Reports                        Notes                        
1 BlazejewskiHenryk LechStarszy Szeregowiec StrzelecSergeantP.704195Born 19 January 1923 (Age 18 when killed)PolandAir GunnerKrzyż Walecznych (x2)

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PAFBomber Command300 Sqd (Polish)
1943-08-15Vickers Wellington XHE768BH-NRAF Ingham20:57Gardening Took off from Ingham 20.57 15 August 1943 on a Gardening, mine-laying operation, off the Fresian Islands.Four minutes before they reached the target area, the starboard engine caught fire. The operation was continues but twenty minutes later the bomber was shot down by a German night-fighter and it crashed into the sea, near the Island of Borkum at 23.50 hours. The two survivors were adrift for eight days in dinghy before being rescued by the German Kreigsmarine.. Location : North Sea / Germany / Denmark. Killed in Action, on Operational Flight PAF Memorial, Northolt, No Known Grave - Aircraft crashed in Sea off Borkum, Germany
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2 MartyniecJózef Kazimierz Plutonowy Radio Operator Strzelecelec SergeantP.794865Born 19 March 1917 Potok Złoty (Age 26 when killed)PolandRadio Operator / Air GunnerKrzyż Walecznych (x3)

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PAFBomber Command300 Sqd (Polish)
1943-08-15Vickers Wellington XHE768BH-NRAF Ingham20:57Gardening Took off from Ingham 20.57 15 August 1943 on a Gardening, mine-laying operation, off the Fresian Islands.Four minutes before they reached the target area, the starboard engine caught fire. The operation was continues but twenty minutes later the bomber was shot down by a German night-fighter and it crashed into the sea, near the Island of Borkum at 23.50 hours. The two survivors were adrift for eight days in dinghy before being rescued by the German Kreigsmarine.. Location : North Sea / Germany / Denmark.Killed in Action, on Operational Flight PAF Memorial, Northolt, Lemvig Cemetery, Denmark. Grave 718

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3 PoddanyCzesławSierżantWarrant Officer79243626.02.1914 PoznańPolandKrzyż Walecznych (x2)

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PAFBomber Command300 Sqd Polish
1943-08-15WellingtonXHE768BH-NIngham2057Gardening Took off from Ingham 20.57 15 August 1943 on a Gardening, mine-laying operation, off the Fresian Islands.Four minutes before they reached the target area, the starboard engine caught fire. The operation was continues but twenty minutes later the bomber was shot down by a German night-fighter and it crashed into the sea, near the Island of Borkum at 23.50 hours. The two survivors were adrift for eight days in dinghy before being rescued by the German Kreigsmarine.. Location : North Sea / Germany / Denmark.PoW. Died 04.1986 Philadelphia, PA, USA Archiwum Polish Database
4 RechMaksymilianSierżantWarrant Officer79225402.10.1918 PoznańPolandPilotKrzyż Walecznych (x2)

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PAFBomber Command300 Sqd Polish
1943-08-15WellingtonXHE768BH-NIngham2057Gardening Took off from Ingham 20.57 15 August 1943 on a Gardening, mine-laying operation, off the Fresian Islands.Four minutes before they reached the target area, the starboard engine caught fire. The operation was continues but twenty minutes later the bomber was shot down by a German night-fighter and it crashed into the sea, near the Island of Borkum at 23.50 hours. The two survivors were adrift for eight days in dinghy before being rescued by the German Kreigsmarine.. Location : North Sea / Germany / Denmark.PoW. Died 12.04.2004 Devon, U.K.
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5 RouboJózefPorucznik NawigFlying OfficerP.1838Born 16 June 1914 (Age 29 when killed)PolandNavigatorKrzyż Walecznych (x2)

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PAFBomber Command300 Sqd (Polish)
1943-08-15Vickers Wellington XHE768BH-NRAF Ingham20:57Gardening Took off from Ingham 20.57 15 August 1943 on a Gardening, mine-laying operation, off the Fresian Islands.Four minutes before they reached the target area, the starboard engine caught fire. The operation was continues but twenty minutes later the bomber was shot down by a German night-fighter and it crashed into the sea, near the Island of Borkum at 23.50 hours. The two survivors were adrift for eight days in dinghy before being rescued by the German Kreigsmarine.. Location : North Sea / Germany / Denmark.Missing, presumed Killed in Action on Operational Flight PAF Memorial, Northolt, No Known Grave - Aircraft crashed in Sea off Borkum, Germany

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