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308 Squadron Crest
19.11.1943 No. 308 Squadron Spitfire IX BS411 F/O. Frackiewicz

Operation: Ramrod

Date: 19th November 1943 (Friday)

Unit: No. 308 Squadron (Polish) City of Kraków 84 Group

Type: Spitfire IX

Serial: BS411

Code: ZF-?

Base: RAF Northolt

Location: Near Lisieux, France

Pilot: F/O. Zbigniew Frackiewicz P-0923 PAF Age 25. PoW No: 3250 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan


During the afternoon and after experiencing engine problems force landed near Lisieux, France.

The Polish pilot taken PoW.

Front: Sgt. Jozef Kulczycki 784332 (failed to qualify as a pilot), F/O. Edward Tatarski P-0829, F/O. Włodzimierz Zegallo P-0324 (failed to qualify as a pilot - died 31/12/1972), F/O. Adam Bronisław Jenik P-1119 (died 16/06/1989), F/O. Tadeusz Karnkowski P-0973 (died 13/09/2013), F/O. Zbigniew Frackiewicz P-0923 (PoW 19/11/1943 308 Squadron, died 15/12/1997)

Centre: Sgt. Edward Władysław Martens P-2817 / 792239 (killed 13/06/1982), Sgt. Ryszard Bedkowski 793863 (killed 25/10/1941), Sgt. Karol Michalkiewicz 784123 (evaded 23.06/1944, died 27/09/1988), Sgt. Gwido Swistun P-2478 / 781515 (died 16/01/1992), Sgt. Piotr Lewandowski 780888 (PoW 15/05/1943, died 2001) , Sgt. Bogdan Mścisław Smidowicz P-2340 / 784128 (died 14/03/2010), Sgt. Klemens Jastrzebski P-2466 / 780868 (died 15/05/1988), Sgt. Stanisław Andrzej Włosok-Nawarski P-2480 / 783261 (died 08/01/2017).

Rear: Sgt. Konstanty Makosz 783591 (PoW 30/06/1943, died 05/09/2003), Sgt. Aleksander Judek P-2657 / 783174 (died 09/08/2003), Sgt. Erwin Loska 782825 (died 22/09/2016), Sgt. Hubert Leon Mindykowski 793628 (failed to qualify as a pilot, died 02/12/1990), Sgt. Wiktor Kempka 793627 (PoW 21/05/1944, died 09/04/2006), Sgt. Kazimierz Lojek 783149 (killed 06/01/1944).

Burial details:

Fl/Lt. Zbigniew Frackiewicz. None - survived the war as a PoW. Born on the 01st December 1917 at Pilawy, Poland. Passed away on the 15th December 1997 near Sawry, England.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to sources as quoted below:

KTY 09.12.2019

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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