19.04.1944 No. 315 Squadron Mustang III FX895 P/O. Brygider
Date: 19th April 1944 (Wednesday)
Unit: No. 315 Squadron (Polish)
Type: Mustang III
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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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'.