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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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09.08.1943 No. 316 Squadron Spitfire F.IX BS457 SZ-R F/O. 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 / 781019 PAF Age 24. Killed


Collided at 18:30 hrs with F/O. Michael Miroslaw Maciejowski P-1912 / 780485 PAF also of 316 Squadron. Maciejowski DFM. DFC. VM. piloting Spitfire IX, BS302 SZ-E, survived to become a PoW No. 2021 Stalag Luft Sagan And Belaria. (see note below)

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

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

Left: 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. Next of kin details currently not available - are you able to assist completion of these and any other information?

Note: F/O. Michael Maciejowski survived the war, settling in exile in Canada after changing his name to Manston. Also served with 249 Squadron. Born on the 19th October 1913 at Gródek Jagiell, Poland (now Ukraine) Died in Winnipeg, Montreal 26th April 2001 aged 88.

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, 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', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), 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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