19/20.06.1942 No. 305 Squadron Wellington II Z8339 SM-N Sgt. Alojzy Gusowski
Operation: Emden, North West Germany
Date: 19/20th June 1942
Unit: No. 305 Squadron (Polish)
Type: Wellington II
Base: RAF Lindholme, Yorkshire
Location: Schoonheten, Holland
Pilot: Sgt. Alojzy Pawel Gusowski 782821 Polish Air Force (PAF) Age 26. Killed
Nav: F/O. Henryk Aleksander Jankiewicz P-0444 PAF Age 26. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr:: Fl/Lt. S. Madejczyk PAF Prisoner of War No. 39674 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Kazimierz Jan Ardelli 793732 PAF Age 22. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Marian J. Swiderski 794273 PAF Age 21. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Took off at 23:40 hrs from Lingholme, Yorkshire as part of a 194 aircraft raid made up of 112 Wellingtons, 37 Halifaxes, 25 Stirlings, 11 Hampdens and 9 Lancasters.
Wellington Z8339 lost this night (Photo courtesy of Gretzyngier, Matusiak, Wojcik and Zielinski)
Left to right: Pilot: Sgt. Gusowski, W/Op: Sgt. Ardelli, Air/Gnr: Sgt. Świderski
Emden is a coastal port but the raid concentrated on the town. 131 crews claimed to have hit Emden but photographs showed that the main force hit Osnabrück - 80 miles from the target. Emden only recorded 5 High Explosive bombs and 200 - 300 incendiaries with no damage or casualties.
9 aircraft were lost on this raid with a total loss of some 49 crew killed and 5 being made P.o.W.
Wellington Z8339 was shot down by Oblt. Herbert Lutje (shown above)
of 8./NJG1 5 km South East of Raalte near Devente at 02.37 hrs. Oblt. Lutje survived the war with a total of 47 night kills and a further 3 day kills.
Wellington Z8339 having an engine service
Raalte General Cemetery (Photo courtesy of our friend, the late Mr. Rob Philips)
Sgt. Marian J Swiderski. Raalte General Cemetery - Overijssel, Netherlands. War Graves Plot Grave 3.
Sgt. Kazimierz Jan Ardelli. Raalte General Cemetery - Overijssel, Netherlands. Plot War Graves Grave 2.
Sgt. Alojzy Pawel Gusowski. Raalte General Cemetery - Overijssel, Netherlands. Plot War Graves Grave 4
F/O. Henryk Aleksander Jankiewicz. Raalte General Cemetery - Overijssel, Netherlands. War Graves Grave 1
We would like to thank Robert Gretzyngier, Woitek Matusiak, Wadldemar Wojcik and Josef Zielinski for the use of some of these photographs. We highly recommend their publications regarding WW2 Polish Air Force and are happy to provide other researchers information where they can be purchased.