17.05.1941 No. 71 Squadron Hurricane II Z3186 F/O. Kolendorski
Date: 17th May 1941 (Saturday)
Unit: 71 Squadron RAF (Eagle Sqdn.)
Type: Hurricane IIb
Location: English Channel off Clacton.
Pilot: F/O. Stanley Michel Kolendorski 84875 RAFVR Age 26. Killed.
REASON FOR LOSS:
After being scrambled early in the morning to intercept Ju88’s and He111’s coming cross the channel.
At 20.000 ft they came across the escorting Me109’s over the Thames Estuary. Mike Kolendorski turned his aircraft sharply to intercept, but a second pair opened fire on him. Warnings were given on the R/T but they were too late. It would seem that he was killed in the cockpit as no attempt seemed to have been made to bale out. The others saw his aircraft crash at 18:10 hrs.
P/O. Kolendorski's body was washed ashore in the Netherlands on the 13th August 1941.
F/O. Stanley Michel Kolendorski. Rockanje (Zeeweg) General Cemetery, Holland. Plot 2. Joint grave 33. Son of Adam and Katy Kolendorski from Jersey City, New Jersey, USA. (Katy was from Warsaw, Poland) He had been living in California with his wife Charlotte May prior to enlisting in Canada to join the RAF. His wife then filed for divorce because of this. Born February 24th 1915.
Note: (Grave shared with Fl/Sgt. Gerald Thomas Reyburn R/126898 RCAF)
With thanks to Joe Punderson from the RAF Commands Forum for much of this information.