14.02.1942 No. 303 Squadron Spitfire Vb BL432 RF-K F/O. Feric V.M. K.W. D.F.C.
Date: 14th February 1942 (Saturday)
Unit: No. 303 (Polish) Squadron
Type: Spitfire VB
Base: RAF Northolt, Middlesex
Location: RAF Northolt, Middlesex
Pilot: F/O. Miroslaw Ferić VM. KW. DFC. P-1387 PAF Age 26. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
During a practice flight over Northolt airfield the Spitfire VB went into a dive. At around 1500 mtrs. the aircraft lost a wing and then the tail - crashed onto the airfield killing the pilot instantly. Following the crash the wreckage was transported to 43 Group deposit and then on the 24th February struck off charge.
F/O. Miroslaw Ferić VM. KW. DFC. (courtesy Peter Sikora)
A fighter Ace with his first credits whilst with the Polish Air Force. On the 3rd September 1939, before he bailed out from P 11 (No.'4'), he participated on shared victory and officially scored 1/3 of Bf 110 shot down in Zielonka - Kobylka - Warsaw area, which is officially confirmed.
On the 8th September he shot down a Hs.126 (shared) it is also claimed in some sources that he shot down a Bf.110 although that is not recorded officially.
After Poland fell he left with many others to Romania where he was interned. He then escaped to France and following the fall of France escaped to England, where he joined the newly formed 303 squadron.
Above the wreckage of Spitfire BL432 (courtesy Gretzyngier, Matusiak, Wojcik and Zielinski)
Awarded the VM.(1) on the 18th September 1940, awarded KW.(1) twice and the DFC. on the 15th December 1940.
1 x Me.109 - August 31st 1940
1 x Me.109 - September 2nd 1940 (Probable)
1 x Me.109 - September 6th 1940
1 x Me.109 - September 15th 1940
1 x Me.109 - September 27th 1940
1 x He.110 - September 27th 1940
1 x Me.109 - October 5th 1940
1 x Bf.109 - June 22nd 1941
1 x Bf.109 - June 27th 1941 (Damaged)
(1) V.M. - Virtuti Militari, (Military Valour), K.W. Krzyz Walecznych (Cross of Valour)
Funeral at Northwood Cemetery (courtesy Gretzyngier, Matusiak, Wojcik and Zielinski)
Left: Grave at Northwood Cemetery
F/O. Miroslaw Ferić VM. KW. DFC. Northwood Cemetery Grave No. H232
Born 17th June 1915 in Travnik, near Sarajevo, Bosnia. (Mother Polish - father a Croatian - killed in WW1)
Researched by Peter Sikora for Philip Ferić-Methuen - son of F/O. Ferić. D.F.C. With thanks to the following: Peter Sikora, Robert Gretzyngier, Woitek Matusiak, Wadldemar Wojcik and Josef Zielinski for Polish information that we may have used.
In 2012 the Polish Air Force are remembering their heroes by painting various MIG 29's in memory of 303 squadron pilots. Including the one shown above to F/O. Miroslaw Ferić. What a tremendous honour!
Photographs courtesy of the people at the 'my city-military.com'. Also to Piotr and our friends at the '300 Polish Squadron Group'