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19.07.1942 No. 16 (P) S.F.T.S. Master W8474 L.A.C. Jozef Gawkowski

Operation: Training

Date: 19th July 1942 (Sunday)

Unit: No. No.16 FTS (Polish Flying Training School)

Type: Miles Master III

Serial: W8474

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)

Burial Details:

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.

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 and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), 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', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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