09.10.1942 No. 306 Squadron Spitfire F.IX BS443 UZ-O Sgt. Kordasiewicz
Operation: Circus 224, Lille, France
Date: 09th October 1942 (Friday)
Unit: No. 306 Squadron
Type: Spitfire F.IX
Base: RAF Northolt, Middlesex.
Location: Sholden, Kent.
Pilot: Sgt. Marian Kordasiewicz 780687 PAF Age 24. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Flying out of RAF Northolt, 12 Spitfires from 306 Squadron and two RAF Squadrons led by Nowierski escorted 117 B-17s on an attack on Lille.
306 Squadron entered a battle with Luftwaffe fighters shooting down 3 destroyed and a further 2 probables.
Sgt. Kordasiewicz was hit during the battle, managed to nurse his Spitfire back over the Channel but was killed during a crash landing at Sholden, Kent.
Above: Sgt. Marian Kordasiewicz at Northwood (Any relative/friend who would like a high resolution copy of the grave we would be happy to supply one free of charge)
Sgt. Marian Kordasiewicz. Northwood Cemetery, Middlesex. Section H. Grave 318. Born 13th November 1917, Stanisława, Poland. Joining 306 Squadron on 1st May 1942.
Dedicated to the family of Sgt. Kordasiewicz. With thanks to Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Peter Sikora, Norman L.R. Franks "Fighter Command Losses" Vol. 2.