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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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303 Squadron Crest
23.06.1944 No. 303 Squadron (Polish) Spitfire VB AB271 W/O. Chudek

Operation: Beachhead Patrol

Date: 23rd June 1944 (Friday)

Unit: No. 303 Squadron (Polish)

Type: Spitfire VB

Serial: AB271

Coded: RF-F

Location: Carantan, North Western France.

Pilot: W/O. Aleksander Chudek VM KW & 3 Bars DFM 783023 PAF Age 30. Missing/Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Believed to have been shot down by enemy flak at around 07:00 hrs in the Carantan area. W/O. Aleksander Chudek was a fighter Ace with 10 kills to his credit.

French researchers Laurent Taveau and Mr. P. Etampes have recently identified the crash site of W/O. Alek Chudek and we are assisting them to try and locate the pilot's relatives. A newspaper has published our story in the hope that someone knows of any living relatives. Some have been found but are reluctant to be interviewed at the moment. However we have provided these relatives with all the information that we have and the tremendous work carried out by Laurent and the community in Normandy regarding the fine memorial they have erected in his honour.

W/O. Chudek taken whilst with 315 Squadron (Original photo supplied by Peter Sikora - Photo digitally enhanced for the relatives by Techie Services, Norwich, England)

Burial Details:

None - still awaiting further information. Commemorated on the Polish War Memorial, Northolt, England and also the fantastic memorial in Warsaw, Poland.(shown above) Born on 17th August 1914, from Stoczek, Poland. Research by Peter Sikora and webmaster.

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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', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), 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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