29.04.1941 No. 18 OTU Wellington I L4297 Plt.Off. Hawkes
Date: 29th April 1941 (Tuesday)
Unit: No. 18 OTU (Operational Training Unit)
Type: Wellington I
Base: RAF Bramcote, Warwickshire
Location: Weston Hall, Bulkington, Warwickshire
Pilot Inst: Plt.Off. 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 0109 hrs whilst descending to land at Weston Hall near Bucklington, the aircraft’s undercarriage caught on tree branches causing it to crash, killing all for men aboard.
Above left: Sgt. Zygmunt Pawel Gaik and right original grave marker (see credits)
Above: crew grave photographs (courtesy Bill Glover and Stephen Daglish)
Plt.Off. Ronald James Hawkes. New Brentford Cemetery. Sec C.C. Grave 184. Son of Charles E. Hawkes and Nellie Hawkes, of Brentford, Middlesex, England.
Sgt. Tadeusz Szostak. Nuneaton (Oaston Road) Cemetery. Collective grave H 100. Born 26th September 1919 in Gdów, Wieliczka, Poland. Son of Karol and Hania (Tatarski) Szostak, Brother of Bolesław, Olenka, Jadwiga, and Zofia.
Sgt. Jan Zwolski. Nuneaton (Oaston Road) Cemetery. Collective grave H 100. Born 1st October 1912 in Koprzywnica, Sandomierz, Poland. 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 in Kraków, Poland. 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. Thanks to Anna Wing, the niece of Sgt. Szostak, for the update to his NoK details.