19.08.1943 No. 316 Squadron (P) Spitfire IX EN179 SZ-E F/O. Andrzej Próchnicki
Date: 19th August 1943 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 316 Squadron (Polish)
Type: Spitfire IX
Base: RAF Northolt.
Location: Naours, Somme, France.
Pilot: F/O. Andrzej Feliks Michal Próchnicki 792702 (P-1647) PAF Age 26. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
During the morning of the 19th August the squadron were taking part in a ramrod operation over France. Intercepted by Fw190’s and shot down over Naours.
During the action F/O. Kaczmarek claimed 2 Fw190’s destroyed, Fl/Lt. Jeka
1 destroyed another as damaged, F/O. Wiza
1 probably destroyed, another as damaged, F/O. Kurylowicz
1 destroyed and F/O. Jaworowski 1 destroyed - all over the North Amiens area.
The memorial at the crash site in France (courtesy Luarent Taveau and Bernard Etamps)
Above Spitfire EN179 Prior to joining 316 Squadron. In August 2005 w
reckage from the aircraft was recovered, we have no further details as to its current location.
F/O. Andrzej Feliks Michal Próchnicki. Initially buried in local cemetery in Naours. In 1950 exhumed and moved to the Polish Cemetery in Grainville-Langannerie, France. Grave II.AA.11. Born 18th October 1917 in Kijow, Ukraine. Next of kin details unavailable, can you assist?