22nd November 1940 12 OTU Battle I N2022 Sgt. Kuropatwa
Date: 22nd November 1940 (Friday)
Unit: No. 12 Operational Training Unit
Type: Fairey Battle I
Base: RAF Benson, Oxfordshire
Location: At airfield
Pilot: Sgt. Stanisław Kuropatwa 782286 PAF Age 23 Safe
REASON FOR LOSS:
During training exercise the engine failed.
A minute later the pilot made a forced landing at the airfield. He survived with no injuries but the aircraft was extensively damaged. The aircraft was taken to Rosenfield for repair but the airframe was struck off charge on the 05th December, parts removed and reduced to scrap.
Sadly the pilot was to later lose his life on the 18th August 1941 whilst with 300 squadron flying Wellington R1641 BH-Z, 4 crew survived with various injuries.
Sgt. Stanisław Kuropatwa . Newark-Upon-Trent Cemetery. Sec K War Graves Plot Grave 304. Born on the 07th July 1917 at Przemyśl, Poland. Next of kin details currently not available - are you able to assist completion of these and any other information?
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum Mielnika, Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vol's. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', sources as quoted below: