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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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315 Squadron Crest
09.08.1941 No. 315 Squadron Spitfire IIa P8506 PK-B F/O. Jerzy M. Czerniak

Operation: Circus 69

Date: 9th August 1941 (Saturday)

Unit: No. 315 Squadron (PAF)

Type: Spitfire IIa

Serial:  P8506

Code:  PK-B

Base: RAF Northolt

Location:  Not known - English Channel

Pilot:  F/O. Jerzy Michał Czerniak P-1283 PAF Age 28. Missing

REASON FOR LOSS:

10 aircraft from the squadron took of at 17:30 hrs on a Circus 69 operation (Cap Gris Nez / Saint Omer /Gravelines). Understood to have been shot down by Me109 of JG2.

315 Squadron lost another two aircraft this day:

Spitfire IIb P8696 PK-B. Flown by Sgt. Andrzej Niewiara 782860 PAF - killed.
Spitfire Vb P8670 PK-S. Flown by P/O. E. Fiedorczuk safe after crash landing in Suffolk, England.

note: W/Cdr. Douglas Bader DSO. DFC. was also one of the 11 aircraft lost on this day. 3 Pilots taken PoW, 1 Evading capture, 1 Safe with 6 others killed.

Burial details:

F/O. Jerzy Michał Czerniak. Missing - commemorated on the memorial to missing airman in Warsaw, Poland and the Polish Memorial at Northolt. Born 23rd January 1913, Poland.

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 and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), 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', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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