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05.04.1943 No. 317 Squadron Tiger Moth II T7458 Sgt. Makowski

Operation: Transport flight.

Date: 5th April 1943

Unit: No. 317 Squadron (Polish)

Type: Tiger Moth II

Serial: T7458

Base: RAF Kirton-In-Lindsey, Lincolnshire.

Location: RAF Coltishall, Norfolk.

Pilot: Sgt. Brunon Makowski 783157 PAF Age 26. Seriously burned.

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Piotr Tadeusz Hanzelka 793154 PAF Age 24. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

The previous day two aircraft had to remain at RAF Coltishall as they were unserviceable after a Ramrod (6) The remaining 10 returned to Kirton-In-Lindsey.

At 10.55 hrs Sgt. Makowski took off from their base in Lincolnshire together with the squadron engineer officer to check over the two aircraft. Leaving the engineer. Early in the afternoon Sgt. Makowski left with one of the pilots Fl/Sgt. Hanzelka from one of the U/S Ramrod operation aircraft. The wind was extremely strong  and as he tried to turn at a low speed the light aircraft was caught by the wind crashing. 

Fl/Sgt. Hanzelka was killed instantly but Sgt. Makowski survived, was pulled from the burning aircraft, but sadly died of his injuries at the RAF Hospital that evening.

Above left: Sgt. Brunon Makowsk and right Fl/Sgt. Piotr Tadeusz Hanzelka

Left: Siloth Cemetery and right Gloucester Old Cemetery

Burial Details:

Sgt. Brunon Makowski. Siloth Cemetery. Grave  2. Born 18th March 1917. Bronisława, Poland.

Fl/Sgt. Piotr Tadeusz Hanzelka. Gloucester Old Cemetery. Plot B. Grave 9118. Born 18th February 1919. Brytanni, Poland. 

Acknowledgments: Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - "Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945", Jerzy Bogdan Cynk - "The Polish Airforce At War" Vol's 1 and 2, Polish 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', 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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