18/19.05.1943 No. 307 Squadron Mosquito II N.F.II DZ288 EW-Z Fl/Lt. A. Dziegielewski
Date: 18/19th May 1943 (Tuesday / Wednesday)
Unit: No. 307 (Polish) Squadron
Type: Mosquito II N.F.II
Base:RAF Predannack, Cornwall
Location: Brittany area, France
Pilot: Fl/Lt. Antoni Dzięgielewski P-0373 PAF Age 26. Missing - believed killed
Navigator: Fl/Lt. Adam Węgiel P-0045 PAF Age 34. Missing - believed killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off from RAF Predannack, in Cornwall at 22:45 hrs to take part in a Ranger patrol, weather was reported to be fine but hazy with visibility 6 - 10 miles.
Shot down on Ranger patrol during the diversionary raid whilst the Moehne and Eder dams were being attacked by 617 Squadron. After shooting up several locomotives near Tierce and also Ancenis where a train was attacked in a station, searchlights and two control boats at the end of seaplane flare paths, one of which sunk.
Understood to have been hit by anti aircraft fire both were killed.
Above L - R: Fl/Lt. Antoni Dziegielewski, Fl//Lt. Adam Wegiel (courtesy of Peter Sikora)
Photograph: Rear Row: P/O. J.C. Surman, Sgt. J.A. Deneys, Sgt. A. Rudel, Sgt. J.W. Thomas, Sgt. E.A. Walker, Sgt. J.A. Trotter, Sgt. R.J. Hedge, Sgt. A.R. Hancock, Sgt. R.F. Bumstead, Sgt. C.P. White.
Front row: Sgt. E.T. Ruck, P/O. A. Dziegielewski, P/O. S. Andrzejowski, Sgt. H.J. Dodson, Sgt. A. Sharples, P/O. R.H. Langdon-Davies, Sgt. J.E. Butcher, Sgt. H.V. McKinnon. (courtesy of Peter Sikora)
The Polish Aircrew Memorial, Warsaw
Fl/Lt. Antoni Dziegielewski. Commemorated on the Polish Memorial, Warsaw, also at Polish War Memorial, Northolt, England. Born 24 August 1916. From Borszczówka, Poland now Ukraine - are you able to assist completion of these and any other information?
Fl/Lt. Adam Wegiel. Commemorated on the Polish Memorial, Warsaw, also at Polish War Memorial, Northolt, England. Born 19 July 1908. From Kazimierz, Krakow, Poland. Next of kin details currently not available - are you able to assist completion of these and any other information?
With thanks to Peter Sikora, Robert Gretzyngier, Woitek Matusiak, Wadldemar Wojcik and Josef Zielinski for information, Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Jerzy Bogdan Cynk - 'The Polish Airforce At War' Vol's 1 and 2.