01.01.1945 No. 308 Squadron (P) Spitfire IX MJ281 ZF-P Fl/Lt. Wacław Chojnacki
Operation: Bombing Sortie
Date: 1st January 1945 (Monday)
Unit: 308 Squadron (Polish)
Type: Supermarine Spitfire IX
Location: St Denis Westrem, Belgium
Pilot: Fl/Lt. Wacław Chojnacki P-2483/783435 PAF Age 28. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Bombing sortie at dawn - bombs hung up and returned to St Denis Westrem at 09:27 as an attack by II.JG1 began. (Operation Bodenplatte) Shot down an Fw190 then he was shot down by Fw190s.
Fl/Lt.Wacław Chojnacki 5th from the right - front row - hands in pockets
Fl/Lt. Wacław Chojnacki. Lommel Cemetery, Belgium. Grave: 1.1.D. Born 16th February 1917 in Kumonowsk, Russia - next of kin details not known - are you able to assist?
Portrait kindly supplied by Mike Harrison, grave photo by Eddy Van Deun via Jos Von Alphen. We would like to thank Robert Gretzyngier, Woitek Matusiak, Waldemar Wojcik and Josef Zielinski for the use of some of these photographs. We highly recommend their publications regarding WW2 Polish Air Force and are happy to provide other researchers information where they can be purchased.