19.07.1942 No. 16 (P) S.F.T.S. Master W8474 L.A.C. Jozef Gawkowski
Date: 19th July 1942 (Sunday)
Unit: No. No.16 FTS (Polish Flying Training School)
Type: Miles Master III
Base: RAF Newton
Location: Mottram-in-Longdendale, Hyde, Cheshire
Pilot: LAC Józef Gawkowski 781260 PAF Age 20. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
During a training flight it is understood that the Master clipped a Pylon wire. The aircraft crashed at Mottram-in-Longdendale, Cheshire, killing the only occupant, the pilot, LAC Gawkowski.
Left: Grave at Newark Cemetery (Courtesy Jan Nawrocki) Plaque at Mottram Cemetery overlooking the area of the crash (courtesy Mike Berrel)
LAC Józef Gawkowski. Newark-Upon-Trent Cemetery. Section J.Grave 310. Born 10th February 1922 in Łomźa, Poland. Next of kin details not available - are you able to contribute information?
Researched for relatives of the pilot with thanks to the following for further information, Mike Berrel, Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Aircrew Remembered own archives.