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26.01.1943 No. 306 Squadron Spitfire F.IX BS459 UZ-T W/O. Wawrzyniec Jasinski

Operation: Circus 256

Date: 26th January 1943

Unit: No. 306 Squadron (Polish)

Type: Spitfire F.IX

Serial: BS459

Coded: UZ-T

Location: English Channel, between Calais and Dunkirk

Pilot: W/O. Wawrzyniec Jasiński 784725 PAF Age 28. Killed


Collided in mid air with W/Cmdr. Stefan Janus DFC (Northolt Wing Leader) P-0700 flying Spitfire F.IX UZ-J BS241. Both pilots were forced to bail out. 

Jasiński had been seen in the water for a while but lost his life. W/Cmdr Janus was taken PoW, surviving the war.


In front of 306 Squadron Spitfire V UZ-S Left to right: Unidentified ?, Brunon Kroczynski, Kroczynski, Stanislaw Marcisz, Boleslaw Kaczmarek, Grzegorz Sollogub, Stanislaw Skalski, Henryk Pietrzak, Wawrzyniec Jasinski, Emil Landsman, Marcin Machowiak. (courtesy Chris Mackay)


W/Cmdr. Stefan Janus DFC


Spitfire BS459 UZ-T 306 Squadron

Burial Details:

W/O. Wawrzyniec Jasiński. Dunkirk Town Cemetery. Grave 12. Row 4/2. From Kępno, Poland

Research by Peter Sikora for relatives of the pilot.

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