31.01.1944 No. 587 Squadron Martinet EM412 Sgt. J.W. Barcikowski
Date: 31st January 1944 (Monday)
Unit: No. 587 Squadron
Type: Miles Martinet I
Base: RAF Weston Zoyland, Bridgewater, Somerset
Location: Buncombe Wood, Somerset.
Pilot: Sgt. Jerzy Witold Barcikowski 703816 PAF Age 25. Killed
W/Op: LAC Alfred George Higgins 927273 RAFVR Age 23. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Co-operation sortie to Portland on the day in question with the crew failing to turn back, following Met warning, becoming lost in thick cloud and fog crashing into trees at Buncombe wood whilst descending to locate visual navigation aid at 11.55 Hrs.
Sgt. Jerzy Witold Barcikowsk insert and grave
Sgt. Jerzy Witold Barcikowski. Bath (Haycombe) Cemetery. Plot 39. Row A. Sec H. Grave 252 Born 4th June 1918, Warsaw, Poland. Next of kin details not available - can you assist?
LAC Alfred George Higgins. Gloucester Old Cemetery. Plot B. Grave 8793. Son of George and F. M. Higgins, of Gloucester.
Researched for relatives of the crew. With many thanks to: Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - "Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945"