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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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12.04.1942 No. 316 Squadron Spitfire Vb AD130 F/O. Buchwald

Operation: Circus 122

Date: 12th April 1942 (Sunday)

Unit: No. 316 (P) Squadron 

Type: Spitfire Vb

Serial. AD130

Code: SZ-E

Location: Cassel, France.

Pilot: F/O. Bernard Karol Buchwald P-0372 PAF Age 25. PoW


This aircraft was escorting Bostons to Hazebrouck Marshalling Yards. F/O. Buchwald shot down one Fw 190 and one probable before he was shot down in combat with fighters of JG26. Forced landed and became PoW.

F/O. Bernard Buchwald and Spitfire AD 130 after forced landing (courtesy of Peter Sikora)

Born in Ocieszyn, Poland on the 15th May 1917. Passed away on the 31st December 2013 and buried in Poznań, Poland.

Research by Peter Sikora and dedicated to the family of F/O. Buchwald.

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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