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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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29.04.1941 No. 18 OTU Wellington I L4297 P/O. Hawkes

Operation: Training

Date: 29th April 1941 (Tuesday)

Unit: No. 18 OTU (Operational Training Unit)

Type: Wellington I

Serial: L4297

Code: ?

Base: RAF Bramcote, Warwickshire

Location: Weston Hall, Bulkington, Warwickshire

Pilot Inst: P/O. Ronald James Hawkes 81030 RAFVR Age 20. Killed

Pilot (U/T): Sgt. Tadeuszz Szostak 783508 PAF Age 21. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Jan Zwolski 781199 PAF Age 28. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Zygmunt Pawel Gaik 782652 PAF Age 23. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Taking off from RAF Bramcote for night circuit training.

At 01.09 hrs the Wellington crashed into trees at Weston Hall near Bucklington, Warwickshire. No further details available and we are open to any further information.

                              

Above left: Sgt. Zygmunt Pawel Gaik and right original grave marker (see credits)

 

Above: crew grave photographs (courtesy Bill Glover and Stephen Daglish)

Burial details:

P/O. Ronald James Hawkes. New Brentford Cemetery. Sec C.C. Grave 184. Son of Charles E. Hawkes and Nellie Hawkes, of Brentford, Middlesex, England.

Sgt. Tadeuszz Szostak. Nuneaton (Oaston Road) Cemetery. Collective grave H 100. Born 26th September 1919. Next of Kin details currently not available - are you able to assist completion of these and any other information?

Sgt. Jan Zwolski. Nuneaton (Oaston Road) Cemetery. Collective grave H 100. Born 1st October 1912. Next of Kin details currently not available - are you able to assist completion of these and any other information?

Sgt. Zygmunt Pawel Gaik. Nuneaton (Oaston Road) Cemetery. Collective grave H 100. Born 13th November 1917. Next of Kin details currently not available - are you able to assist completion of these and any other information?

For further details our thanks to the following, Bill Glover, Stephen Daglish for grave photographs. Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vol's. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Further information from these titles/organisations are available from us, contact us via Helpdesk.

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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