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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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315 squadron badge
19.04.1944 No. 315 Squadron Mustang III FX895 P/O. Brygider

Operation: Training

Date: 19th April 1944 (Wednesday)

Unit: No. 315 Squadron (Polish)

Type: Mustang III

Serial: FX895

Code: PK-?

Base: RAF Coolham, Sussex.

Location: 2 Miles South East of base, Coolham.

Pilot: P/O. Roman Marian Brygider P-2304 PAF Age 31. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

One of four aircraft carrying out a strafing training exercise the tail section came off the aircraft and the Mustang plunged in a near vertical dive. FX895 crashed and the pilot was killed instantly.

Front row: Sgt. Seaman, Sgt. Stockton, Sgt. Emes, Sgt. Walker, Sgt. Roberts and Sgt Robinson - Centre row: Sgt. Sorge, Sgt. Jackson, Sgt. Tysowski, Sgt. Utterson, Sgt. Warr, Sgt. Waterhouse and Sgt. Smith A.W.

Back row: Sgt. Ksiazczyk, Sgt. Brygider, Sgt. Calinsi (killed 20.05.1944), Sgt. Kraszewski, Sgt. Dabrowski (killed 14.06.1943), Sgt. Zurakowski (killed 27.05.1944), Sgt. Bartlomiejczyk, Sgt. Rembowski, Sgt. Nowoczyn and Sgt. Szymkowiak (killed 24.09.1944)

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Burial Details:

F/O. Roman Marian Brygider. Northwood Cemetery, Middlesex. Sec H. Grave 406. Also commemorated on the Polish War Memorial at Northolt. Born 6th August 1912 in Tarnopol, Poland. Next of kin details not available as yet.

Researched for relatives of the pilot with thanks 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 Updated 08.02.2019

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, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), 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', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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