03.09.1939 No. 21 (1) EB PZL-23B Karas DI K98 Sgt. Wacław Buczylko
Operation: Defence of Poland
Date: 3rd September 1939 (Sunday)
Unit: No. 21 (1) EB Eskadra Bombowa Lekka (Light Bomber Flight - Polish)
Type: PZL-23B Karas
Base: Wsola, Poland
Location: Olzsynki, Poland
Pilot Sgt. Waclaw Buczylko 793312 PAF Safe (1)
Obs: Cpt. Stefan Karol Alberti P-0031 - 76871 PAF Safe (2)
Obs/Air/Gnr: Sgt (cadet). Mieczysław Mazur Age 23 Killed
This report has been compiled from Polish records - if we have made any mistakes we welcome further contributions.
REASON FOR LOSS:
During a bombing run at 09.30 hrs. between Radom and Plawno when they were bombing German troop and transport movements they were attacked by Me109’s. It is thought that this aircraft was the first abshüsse for Oblt. Joseph Kellner-Steinmetz (3) of 3./ZG2.
The aircraft came down in the village of Olzsynki which was within the Polish lines at this stage of the war. The aircraft was photographed many times by members of the German army shortly after when the area was captured.
It seems that Capt. Alberti baled out of the aircraft whilst Sgt. Buczylko remained in the aircraft. Sgt, Mazur was killed, either during that attack or following the fire that enveloped the aircraft after it hit the ground.
Right: Oblt. Joseph Kellner-Steinmetz
(1) Sgt. Waclaw Buczylko went on to serve with 304 and 301 Squadrons as a W/O. with the PAF in England. He survived the war and passed away on the 15th November 1988. Born in Wolkowysk (then in Poland)
(2) Cpt. Stefan Karol Alberti went on to serve with the PAF in England, he was killed in a tragic training accident on the 21st October 1943 on a Wellington III BK471 whilst with 18 OTU.
(3) Oblt. Joseph Kellner-Steinmetz was shot down and killed on the 6th November 1939, understood to be by a French Hawk 75A of GC11/5 over the river Saar area, North Eastern France.
Sgt (cadet). Mieczysław Mazur. Believed to be in the Olzsynki cemetery, Poland. Born on 17th April 1917. Next of kin details not available as yet.
Cpt. Stefan Karol Alberti. Newark Cemetery. Grave 319A. Born on 23rd October 1907 in Wadowice, Poland. Next of kin details not available as yet.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Suzanna Ghaffari, Gazeta-olawa, Krzystka List