28.08.1941 Master I T 8581 58 O.T.U. Fl/Lt. Grzeszczak - P/O. MacDonald
Date: 28th August 1941 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 58 OTU (Operational Training Unit)
Type: Miles Master I
Base: RAF Grangemouth, Scotland
Location: Maddieston, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Pilot: Fl/Lt. Bohdan Grzeszczak P-1391 Polish Air Force Age 33. Killed
Pilot U/T: P/O. William Moody MacDonald 102146 RAF Age 20. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
On a training run when practicing mock dog fights and turns the Miles Master went into a spin which could not be corrected diving into the ground and catching fire, killing both pilots.
Fl/Lt. Grzeszczak joined 58 OTU as an instructor on 21st April 1941. Earlier had joined 303 squadron on the 21st August after escaping from France. He is credited with shooting down a He111 on the 26th September and an Me109 on the 27th. Awarded the KW (1)
on the 1st February 1941.
(1) KW - Krzyż Walecznych (Polish Cross of valour) - awarded after demonstrating deeds of valour and courage on the field of battle.
A group of pilots of No. 303 Polish Fighter Squadron RAF standing by the tail elevator of one of their Hawker Hurricane Mark Is at RAF Leconfield. They are (left to right): Pilot Officer Mirosław Ferić, Flying Officer Bohdan Grzeszczak, Pilot Officer Jan Zumbach, Flying Officer Zdzisław Henneberg and Flight Lieutenant John A. Kent, a Canadian who commanded 'A' Flight of the Squadron at this time. (Courtesy IWM)
Fl/Lt. Bohdan Grzeszczak. Northwood Cemetery, Middlesex. Sec H. Grave 179. Also remembered on the Polish War Memorial at Northolt. Born 10th August 1908 in Warsaw. Poland. No Next of Kin details available as yet.
P/O. William Moody MacDonald. Bangor Cemetery, Northern Ireland. Sec 3.K. Grave 160. Also remembered on the Queens University War Memorial in Belfast. Son of Robert and Sara MacDonald, of Bangor, Northern Ireland.
Researched for relatives of both pilots. With thanks to for further information to The Grangemouth Air Cadets and the Grangemouth Spitfire Memorial Trust who provided me with so much information and assistance during my visit, Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', The Commonwealth War Graves Commission.