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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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41 sQUADRON BADGE
01.02.1943 No. 41 Squadron Spitfire Vb X4279 EB-C Sgt. Jozef Bednarz

Operation: Photo Sortie

Date: 01st February 1943 (Monday)

Unit: No. 41 Squadron

Type: Spitfire Vb

Serial: X4279

Code: EB-C

Base: RAF Llandedr, Gwynedd, Wales

Location: Beach West of Pwllheli, Wales

Pilot: Sgt. Jozef Bednarz 782356 PAF Age 22. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Crashed on the beach whilst low flying on a photo reconnaissance sortie. 

No further details available - are you able to provide any?

                   

                   41 Squadron Spitfire's later in 1944 (courtesy I.W.M)

                   

Course 23 58 OTU: - Front row: P/O. Bendit, P/O. Banach, F/O. Andersz, Fl/Lt. Ridkosil, F/O. Preihs, P/O. Ciach, P/O. Birtus - Centre row: Sgt. Ziendalski, Sgt. Haczkiewicz, Sgt. Makowski, Sgt. Muszynski, Sgt. Gilis, Sgt. Orzechowski, Sgt. Plenkiewicz - Rear row: Sgt. Bednarz, Sgt. Starzynski, Sgt. Kierski, Sgt. Sztuka, Sgt. Murkowski, Sgt. Kobylinski

                    

Burial Details:

Sgt. Jozef Bednarz. Portmadoc Public Cemetery - Carnarvonshire. Grave 620. Born 13th June 1920 in Rymasze, Poland. (Now Belarus) Next of kin details not available.

Researched for relatives of the pilot with thanks for further information to The Grangemouth Air Cadets and the Grangemouth Spitfire Memorial Trust who provided me with so much information and assistance during my visit, Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945'.

KTY with corrected information on serial number sent by Jack Brook - September 2015.

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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