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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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31.03.1943 No. 317 Squadron Spitfire Vb AR431 JH-Y F/O. Kazimierz M. Kierski

Operation: Training

Date: 31st March 1943 (Wednesday)

Unit: No. 317 Squadron (Polish)

Type: Spitfire Vb

Serial: AR431

Code: JH-Y

Base: R.A.F. Kirton In Lindsey, Lincolnshire.

Location: Finningley, Yorkshire.

Pilot: F/O. Kazimierz Maksymilian Kierski P-1951 P.A.F. Age 25. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Taking off on a formation, cine-camera gun, and low flying exercise. 

During the low flying section F/O. Kierski, whilst flying low over a field, after having missed the target, turned to the left, touching the ground with his port wing. The aircraft was completely destroyed and Kazimier killed.

                                                     

                    

Course 23 58 O.T.U., Grangemouth, Scotland – June 1942: Front row: P/O. Bendit, P/O. Banach, F/O. Andersz, Fl/Lt. Ridkosil, F/O. Preihs, P/O. Ciach, P/O. Birtus – Centre row: Sgt. Ziendalski, Sgt. Haczkiewicz, Sgt. Makowski, Sgt. Muszynski, Sgt. Gilis, Sgt. Orzechowski, Sgt. Plenkiewicz – Rear row: Sgt. Bednarz, Sgt. Starzynski, Sgt. Kierski, Sgt. Sztuka, Sgt. Murkowski, Sgt. Kobylinski

Left: The grave of F/O. Kierski at Northwood. Any relative / interested party who would like a higher resolution of the grave, we would be happy to supply one.

Burial Details:

F/O. Kazimierz Maksymilian Kierski. Northwood Cemetery, England. Section H. Grave 363. Born 21st February 1918. N.o.K details currently not available – are you able to assist completion of these and any other information?

Acknowledgments: Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński – “Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945”, our own archives and photographs.


With regret, as is the case for the hundreds of training accidents, many are not recorded and remembered we hope to try and address this in time.


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', 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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