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308 Squadron Crest
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

Serial: MJ281

Code: ZF-P

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 Fw190's.

Fl/Lt.Wacław Chojnacki 5th from the right - front row - hands in pockets

Burial Details:

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, Wadldemar 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.

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, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), 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', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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