21.11.1944 No. 1662 HCU Halifax V LL126 F/O. Jerzy S. Kisielewicz
Date: 21st November 1944 (Tuesday)
Unit: No. 1662 HCU (Heavy Conversion Unit)
Type: Halifax V
Base: RAF Blyton, Lincolnshire.
Location: Long Ashton, Bristol
Pilot: F/O. Jerzy Szymon Kisielewicz P-1989 PAF Age 33. Killed
Fl/Eng: Fl/Sgt. Witold Wacław Ruciński 792655 PAF Age 23. Killed
Nav: P/O. Jan Tadeusz Małkowski P-2852 PAF Age 26. Killed
Air/Bmr: Sgt. Jan Sylweriusz Radoński 704017 PAF Age 27. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Franciszek Kruszczak 705020 PAF Age 32. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Stanisław Jurka 706472 PAF Age 30. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Stanisław Jaguszczak 706780 PAF Age 30. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
The Halifax took off from RAF Blyton, Lincolnshire at 15:50 hrs on a night cross-country fanned practice bombing flight.
Little information is available as to why at approximately 19:30 hrs local people noticed LL126 at a height of between 10,000 and 12,000 ft turning before diving steeply.
They also noticed that the crew were struggling to keep the aircraft on a course away from the village buildings. The aircraft eventually crashed into a field 200 yards from the village church at Long Ashton. Locals tried to assist in a rescue of the crew but the huge fires prevented success although the body of the pilot was removed from the cockpit at the time.
Severnside Aviation Society erected a plaque on the wall of the church in 1984. The local village hold a memorial service every time November 21st is on a Sunday - this one shown above held in 2010.
F/O. Jerzy Szymon Kisielewicz. Newark Polish Cemetery. Section M Grave 327. Born 28th October 1911 - Zduńska Wola, Poland.
Fl/Sgt. Witold Wacław Ruciński. Newark Polish Cemetery. Section K. Grave 326a. Born 18th November 1921 - Kowel, Poland (now Ukraine).
P/O. Jan Tadeusz Małkowski. Newark Polish Cemetery. Section M. Grave 326a. Born 08th March 1918 - Kraków, Poland.
Sgt. Jan Sylweriusz Radoński. Newark Polish Cemetery. Section J. Grave 326 A . Born 20th June 1917 - Warszawa, Poland.
Sgt. Franciszek Kruszczak. Newark Polish Cemetery. Section L. Grave 327. Born 01st December 1911 - Buer, Germany.
Sgt. Stanisław Jurka. Newark Polish Cemetery. Section K. Grave 327. Born 18th April 1914 - Radosz, Poland.
Sgt. Stanisław Jaguszczak. Newark Polish Cemetery. Section L. Grave 326a. Born 29th November 1913 - Krowinka, Poland. (now Ukraine)
Researched for all the relatives of the crew.