26.01.1942 No. 1454 Flight Havoc I AW395 Sgt. Armanowski
Operation: Training / Ferry flight
Date: 26th January 1942 (Monday)
Unit: No. 1454 Flight RAF
Type: Douglas Havoc I
Base: RAF Charmy Down, Somerset.
Location: Near Box, Wiltshire
Pilot: Sgt. Józef Armanowski 781321 Polish Air Force Age 24. Killed
Obs: P/O. Lynn Frederick Hobbs 117146 RAFVR Age 19. Killed
Obs 2: F/O. Stanisław Gasak P-1264 Polish Air Force Age 26. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
During a ferry flight from RAF Station Colerne, Wiltshire to RAF Charmy Down, Somerset. The aircraft went into a spin and failed to recover.
Aircraft corkscrewed to earth near Box, Wiltshire, whilst on a training flight, none of the crew survived.
Below: left - Bath Cemetery and right North Mymms Churchyard
Sgt. Józef Armanowski. Bath (Haycombe) Cemetery. Plot 51T. Section F. Grave 267. Born 7th July 1917, Poland. Next of Kin details currently unavailable.
P/O. Lynn Frederick Hobbs. North Mymms (St. Mary) Churchyard. Grave 221. Son of Frederick George and Rose Violet Hobbs, of Brookmans Park, England.
F/O. Stanisław Gasak. Bath (Haycombe) Cemetery. Plot 51V. Section F. Grave 266. Born 15th January 1916 Chelm, Poland. N.O.K details currently unavailable.. Next of Kin details currently unavailable.
Researched for relatives of the crew, some information supplied by Marek Lewcun. With thanks to Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945'. CWGC