08/09.11.1942 No. 300 squadron Wellington IV Z1343 BH-L Sgt. Chmielewski
Date: 08/09th November 1942
Unit: No. 300 Squadron (Polish)
Type: Wellington V
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
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.