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08/09.11.1942 No. 300 squadron Wellington IV Z1343 BH-L Sgt. Chmielewski

Operation: Gardening

Date: 08/09th November 1942

Unit: No. 300 Squadron (Polish)

Type: Wellington V

Serial: Z1343

Code: BH-L

Base: RAF Ingham, Lincolnshire.

Location: Vejle Fjord, Denmark.

Pilot: Sgt. Stefan Chmielewski 783222 Polish Air Force (PAF) Survived PoW No: 874 Camp: Stalag Mühlberg-Elbe

Nav: F/O. Lubomir Kazimieriez Borowicz P-0586 PAF Age 28. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Zygmunt Ludwik Rausiński 7940446 PAF Age 27. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Mieczyslaw Dadej 794127 PAF Survived PoW No: 879 Camp: Stalag Mühlberg-Elbe

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Jan Leszek Cieszyński-Nałęcz 794200 PAF Age 29. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Taking off at 18.54 hrs to lay mines on a Gardening operation - 'Carrots'. See map for very approximate area of loss. 70 aircraft took part in many separate gardening operations this night - 4 were lost.

Wellington Z1343 was hit by ground fire and ditched in the Vejle Fjord. Two crew were rescued and their full story can be found on a couple of great Danish Websites as shown in the credits.

                   

Left: F/O. Lubomir Kazimieriez Borowicz Right: Sgt. Jan Leszek Cieszyński-Nałęcz (see credits)

I can only mention the tremendous support that the Danish offered the survivors and continue to honour all allied losses over Denmark.

             

(1) We do know that Sgt. Mieczyslaw Dadej sadly died in December 1984 in Truro, Cornwall, England.

              

 

The grave of F/O. Lubomir Kazimieriez Borowicz at Esbjerg, Fourfelt - wreath and plaque laid by Aircrew Remembered in April 2013

Burial details:

F/O. Lubomir Kazimieriez Borowicz. Esbjerg (Fourfelt) Cemetery, Denmark. Plot A3. Row 8. Grave 5. Born 27 March 1914. Poznam, Poland.

Sgt. Zygmunt Ludwik Rausinski. No known grave, commemorated on the Polish memorial for missing airman in Poland and Northolt. Born 25 August 1915. Warsaw, Poland.

Sgt. Jan Leszek Cieszynski-Nalecz. No known grave, commemorated on the Polish memorial for missing airman in Poland and Northolt.  Born 5 July 1913

Researched for members of the crew. With thanks for information supplied by Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - "Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945", Jerzy Bogdan Cynk - "The Polish Airforce At War" Vol's 1 and 2, Bill Chorley - "Bomber Command Losses Vol. 3", Polish Archives. Further information available from Soren Flensted and Airman Denmark.

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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