14.08.1941 No. 306 Squadron Spitfire IIb P8473 UZ-P P/O. Wiesław Choms
Operation: Circus 73
Date: 14th August 1941 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 306 Squadron (PAF)
Type: Spitfire IIb
Base: RAF Northolt
Location: St. Omer, France.
Pilot: P/O. Wiesław Choms P-0398 PAF Age 28. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
During a Circus in the afternoon of the 14th the squadron were attacked by units of JG26.
Spitfire P8473 is understood to have come down in the St. Omer area. The squadron lost 2 others on this operation:
Sq/Ldr. Kerzy Zaremba flying Spitfire P8466 UZ-Z and Sgt. Stanisław Zięba who crash landed his Spitfire P8462 UZ-M, critically injured, he died later on the 23rd August despite receiving treatment in a German hospital.
P/O. Wiesław Choms. Dunkirk Town Cemetery (Although according to his records, this is where he is buried we are unable to find any further details) Born on 25th February 1913 at Petersburg, Russia.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Polish Data Base. Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses' Vol. 1-3. Krzystka List.