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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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152 Squadron Crest
28.11.1940 No. 152 Squadron Spitfire I P9427 Sgt. Z. Klein

Operation: Scramble - patrol

Date: 28th November 1940 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 152 Squadron

Type: Spitfire I

Serial: P9427

Code: UM-?

Base: RAF Warmwell, Dorsetshire

Location: English Channel off the Isle of Wight

Pilot: Sgt. Zygmunt Klein KW and bar. 780685 PAF Age 22. Missing - believed killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

On the 15th August 1940 whilst with 254 Squadron, his Spitfire I (P9363) was hit, but he managed to crash land the aircraft at Twyford - he suffered no injuries.

On the 05th October he transferred to 152 Squadron. On the 26th November he crash landed his Spitfire (L1048) at Torquay - again he escaped with no injuries.

Finally during an operation over the Isle of Wight he was shot down and thought to have crashed into the Channel - neither his body or the aircraft were recovered.

Above left - memorial in Warsaw, Poland, right - Polish Memorial at Northolt, England.

Burial details:

Sgt. Zygmunt Klein. Remembered at the Polish Memorial at Northolt and also on the memorial to missing airman in Warsaw. We understand that a memorial at Koronowo, Poland was erected in his honour. Born on the 24th August 1918 in Skórcz, grew up in Koronowo, Bydgoszcz, Poland. at 18 volunteered for the Polish army. In 1937 trained in a Glider regiment following that he trained at the pilot school in Grudziądz on the PZL P.7 aircraft. After the invasion he made several sorties and during one such sortie with other Polish pilots shot down a Henschel 126. Following the invasion he escaped to Romania and the onto England where he arrived on the 19th February. Following further training with the RAF he joined 234 squadron on the 06th August 1940. He took part in more than 70 operational sorties prior to his loss.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to sources as quoted below:

KTY - 08.09.2017

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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