20.09.1944 No. 315 Squadron Mustang III FB367 PK-V W/O. Jankowski C.M. C.V. 2 bars
Operation: Market Garden
Date: 20th September 1944 Wednesday)
Unit: No. 315 Squadron (Polish)
Type: Mustang III
Base: RAF Brenzett, Romney Marsh, Kent.
Location: 3 km. East of Jutphaas, Netherlands.
Pilot: W/O.Tadeusz Jankowski CM. CV. and 2 bars. 780386 PAF Age 25. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 12.50 hrs, twelve Mustangs from 315 Squadron together with some other aircraft from 129 and 306 Squadrons in support of Operation 'Market Garden'.
Whilst over Holland at 14.30 hrs shot down by flak and crashed on a farm, some 3 km. East of Jutphaas.
At the time local villagers were collecting the remainder of the harvest from the fields (food was very scarce in Holland at this time) the Mustang hit and killed an eight year old boy, Jopie Hoveling.
They were buried initially next to one another at the cemetery in Jutphaas.
Pilots of No. 315 Polish Fighter Squadron RAF gathered by their Commanding Officer's new North American Mustang Mark III, FB387 'PG-G', at Brenzett, Kent. From left to right: Flying Officer Bożydar Nowosielski, Squadron Leader Eugeniusz Horbaczewski (CO), Flight Sergeant Stanisław Będkowski and Flight Lieutenant Gwidon Świstun, some ground crew, Flight Lieutenant Michał Cwynar, another mechanic. Sitting on the ground is Warrant Officer Tadeusz Jankowski (courtesy I.W.M.)
Originally buried at Jutphaas cemetery, Netherlands, moved to Breda after hostilities had ended.
W/O.Tadeusz Jankowski. CM. CV. and 2 bars. Breda Polish Cemetery, Netherlands. Grave E.4.7. N.o.K. details not available as yet. Born on 21st January 1919.
Researched for relatives of the pilot and the Dutch boy. With thanks to the following for further information supplied 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', Aircrew Remembered own Archives.
Right: W/O.Tadeusz Jankowski. CM. CV. and 2 bars (courtesy David Korzoi)