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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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12 otu
22nd November 1940 12 OTU Battle I N2022 Sgt. Kuropatwa

Operation: Training

Date: 22nd November 1940 (Friday)

Unit: No. 12 Operational Training Unit

Type: Fairey Battle I

Serial: N2022

Code: -

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.

Burial details:

Later:

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:

KTY 03-10-2021

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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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