31.05.1942 No. 302 Squadron Spitfire Vb BL677 WX-V Sgt. Galazka
Operation: Rodeo 64
Date: 31st May 1942 (Sunday)
Unit: No. 302 Squadron (Polish)
Type: Spitfire Vb
Base: RAF Heston.
Location: English Channel, off France.
Pilot: Sgt. Jan Galazka 781554 PAF Age 22. Missing
REASON FOR LOSS:
Took off from R.A.F. Heston at 18.57 hrs with 12 other aircraft. Weather conditions were extremely good and the squadron did a sweep over the French coast.
Understood that they came under attack from Fw.190's from JG26 and Sgt. Galazka's aircraft was shot down and lost in the Channel. The remaining 11 aircraft arrived back at Heston at 20.32 hrs.
The impressive 58 Operational Training Unit at Grangemouth, Scotland.
Sgt. Jan Galazka - sadly his body was not recovered and is commemorated on both the Polish memorial at Northolt and also the Warsaw memorial in Poland (visited by Aircrew Remembered in 2009 and shown above). Born on 11th December 1919 in Łęczyca Poland. Trained at 58 OTU at Grangemouth, Scotland joining on 28th October, 1941 - graduating on the 23rd December. Understood to have been first posted to 308 Squadron.
Researched for relatives of the pilot with thanks to the following for further information: Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945'.