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18/19.05.1943 No. 307 Squadron Mosquito II N.F.II DZ288 EW-Z Fl/Lt. A. Dziegielewski

Operation: Ranger

Date: 18/19th May 1943 (Tuesday / Wednesday)

Unit: No. 307 (Polish) Squadron

Type: Mosquito II N.F.II

Serial: DZ288

Code: EW-Z

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

Burial details:

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' Vols 1 and 2.

KTY - Updated 23.02.2018

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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