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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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09.08.1943 No. 316 Squadron Spitfire FIX BS457 SZ-R F/O. Lech A, Kondracki

Operation: Ramrod

Date: 9th August 1943 (Monday)

Unit: 316 Squadron (Polish)

Type: Supermarine Spitfire F.IX

Serial: BS457

Code: SZ-R

Location: Montreuil, France

Pilot: F/O. Lech Andrzej Kondracki P-1602 PAF Age 24. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Collided at 18.30 hrs with F/O. Michael Miroslaw Maciejowski also of 316 Squadron. Maciejowski DFM, DFC, VM, piloting Spitfire IX, BS302 SZ-E, survived to become a PoW. (see note below)

     

F/O. Lech Andrzej Kondracki (courtesy Peter Sikora)

     

                                                  

F/O. Michael Miroslaw Maciejowski DFM, DFC, VM, (courtesy Peter Sikora)

Left: His grave at Boulogne-Sur-Mer Cemetery, France

BURIAL DETAILS:

F/O. Lech Andrzej Kondracki  Boulogne-Sur-Mer Cemetery, France, Grave. Nr. 2/367.37/10.A. 

NoK details currently not available - are you able to assist completion of these and any other information? From Grzebienie, Kijów, Poland.

Note: F/O. Michael Maciejowski survived the war, settling in exile in Canada after changing his name to Manston. Died in Montreal 1988 aged 76.

With thanks to Peter Sikora, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses' Vol. 1-3, 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', With additional details from Aircrew Remembered archives. 


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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