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605 Squadron Crest
24.09.1940 No. 605 Squadron Hurricane I P3832 P/O. Głowacki VM Loss

Operation: Patrol

Date: 24th September 1940 (Tuesday)

Unit: No. 605 Squadron

Type: Hurricane I

Serial: P3832

Code: UP-P

Base: RAF Croydon

Location: Ambleteuse, France

Pilot: P/O. Witold Józef Głowacki VM 76739 PAF Age 26. Survived (1)


Taking off for a patrol at 15.41 hrs flying Yellow 1 with P/O. Ian Muirhead (2) flying Yellow 2. Told to make their way to the Beach Head area when they spotted a Dornier. P/O. Muirhead attacked from starboard with P/O. Głowacki attacking from port. The Dornier jettisoned its bomb load over the sea, P/O. Muirhead closed in hitting the port engine. P/O. Głowacki also hit the Dornier with several bursts, with the enemy aircraft crashing into the sea of Cap Gris Nez.

Both aircraft were then attacked by Bf109s, Muirhead managed to lose them but Głowacki was hit over the French town of Ambleteuse and crash landed his Hurricane.

Several photographs shown above, taken by a German War correspondent show P/O. Głowacki clearly alive, although slightly injured with a head wound. He died later that same day.

(1) Several reports have been circulated as to the cause of death:

1: That he died from an allergic reaction to a tetanus injection.
2: He was executed as a traitor by the S.S. - (see further information under burial details)
3: Died from shock trauma.

(2) Fl/Lt. Ian James Muirhead DFC was killed just a few weeks later on the 15th October 1940. Flying Hurricane I N2546 when he was shot down by Me109s over Maidstone.

Burial Details:

P/O. Witold Józef Głowacki VM. Guines Communal Cemetery, Pas De Calais, France. Plot Mil. Grave 1. Further information: Born on 30th October 1913 in Berlin, Germany to Polish parents. Moved to Poland after the first world war, but spoke fluent German. Joined 145 squadron on 12th August 1940 prior to posting to 605 squadron on 31st August. Awarded the Silver Virtuti Militari (posthumously) on 1st February 1941.

Researched for relatives/friends of the pilot. Thanks to Marek for the correction to the name of the crash site. Acknowledgments: Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - "Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945", Jerzy Bogdan Cynk - "The Polish Airforce At War" Vol 1.

RS 04.11.2019 - Editorial to correct name of crash site

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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