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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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27.09.1940 No. 303 Squadron Hurricane I V6665 RF-J Sgt Andruszków

Operation: Patrol

Date: 27th September 1940 (Friday)

Unit: No. 303 Squadron (Polish)

Type: Hurricane I

Serial: V6665

Coded: RF-J

Location: Horsham, Kent, England

Pilot: Sgt. Tadeusz Andruszków P-5125 Polish Air Force Age 19. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Shot down whilst on patrol over Horsham, Kent at 09.35 hrs. - no further details at present, another 303 squadron Hurricane was also lost this day, F/O. Ludwig Witołd Paszkiewicz in L1696 RF-T, also killed. 

Sgt. Andruszków was also shot down only 12 days previously on the 15th September by Me109 over Dartford when he baled out safely. (Flying Hurricane P3939)

Any relative who would like a high resolution copy of his grave please email us - we would be happy to send one free of charge.

Burial Details:

Sgt. Tadeusz Andruszków. Northwood Cemetery. Sec H. Grave 208. Lwów, Poland (now Ukraine) Next of kin details not available, are you able to assist?

Sq/Ldr. Kellett, Commanding Officer 303 Squadron during the Battle of Britain, said this of his comrades in his Chronicle, kindly provided to us by his daughter, Louise Pemberton:

“We fought together through the great offensive of 1940 and I then knew that the pilots of No. 303 Squadron were not only the best but would also see me through any troubles.  In the month of September, 303 Squadron was on top - no squadron from the Empire could equal the courage and skill of our pilots, no bombing could daunt our airmen.”  Sq/Ldr. Ronald Kellett 303 Squadron Chronicles.


We 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 information where they can be purchased.


KTY 14.09.2015 - Map added

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), 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', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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