06.05.1942 No. 303 Squadron Spitfire Vb BL375 RF-Y Fl/Lt. Domański
Operation: Rodeo 21
Date: 06th May 1942 (Wednesday)
Unit: No. 303 Squadron (Polish)
Type: Spitfire Vb
Base: RAF Northolt, Middlesex.
Location: English Channel off Gravelines, France
Pilot: Fl/Lt. Witold Domański P-0741 Polish Air Force Age 24. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Took off at 12.10 hrs together with 11 others from the Squadron on a sweep over France. The route was to take them over Clacton, crossing the French coast at Gravelines, down to Saint Omer - returning over Manston and back to base.
Flying at 14.000 ft. over England and then climbing to the operational height of 25.000 ft over the Channel his aircraft was seen to dive into the sea and it is considered 'probable' that his aircraft suffered an oxygen failure making the pilot unconscious. No aircraft or body was recovered.
The remaining aircraft arrived back at base at 13.45 hrs.
Left: No. 17 Course Squad 1 58 O.T.U. Grangemouth
Front row: Sgt. Hardy, F/O. Kuzniar, P/O. Jelinski, P/O. Hoben, S/Ldr. Hyde, F/O. Tigler-Wybrandi, F/O. Klink, F/O. Domanski, Sgt. Sayers.
Rear row: Sgt. Holbert, Sgt. Wood, Sgt. Karczmarz, Sgt. Bondarcuk, Sgt. Lucyszyn, Sgt. Bonde, Sgt. Thompson, Sgt. Mildeau, Sgt. Evans.
F/O. Witold Domański. No known grave - remembered on the Polish Memorial at Northolt and the Polish Memorial to Airman in Warsaw, Poland. Born on the 11th January 1918 in Kalinówka, Russia.
The Grangemouth Air Cadets and the Grangemouth Spitfire Memorial Trust who provided me with so much information and assistance during my visit, 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. Polish Squadron O.R.B. 'website'.