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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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PAF Crest
09.12.1943 No. 61 Operational Training Unit Spitfire Va P8237 P/O. Heilman-Rawicz

Operation: Training

Date: 09th December 1943 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 61 Operational Training Unit

Type: Spitfire Va

Serial: P8237

Code: Not known

Base: RAF Rednal, Shropshire

Location: Rhos-Fach Farm, southwest of Oswestry, Shropshire

Pilot: P/O. Jan Heilman-Rawicz P-2312 / 793993 PAF Age 22. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Aircraft first flew in early May 1941 as a MK.IIa - covered in September 1941 to a Va when fitted with the Merlin 45 engine.

Aircraft flew into high ground at Rhos-Fach Farm, 1.5 km. southwest of Oswestry, Shropshire at 12:00 hrs killing the pilot.

Burial details:

P/O. Jan Heilman-Rawicz. St Mary the Virgin Churchyard. Row 22 Grave 2. Born on the 20th November 1921 at Grodno, Poland (now Belarus). Next of kin details not available - are you able to assist?

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Krzystka List, other sources as quoted below:

KTY - 20.12.2017

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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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