09.12.1943 No. 61 Operational Training Unit Spitfire Va P8237 P/O. Heilman-Rawicz
Date: 09th December 1943 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 61 Operational Training Unit
Type: Spitfire Va
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.
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: