27.04.1944 No. 61 OTU Spitfire IIa P7608/P8079 W/O. Marian Lis
Date: 27th April 1944 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 61 OTU (Operational Training Unit)
Type: Spitfire IIa
Serial: P7608 / P8079
Base: RAF Rednal
Location: Maesbrook, Shropshire
Pilot 1: W/O. Marian Lis 792046 PAF Age 23. Killed
Pilot 2: W/O. Eugeniusz Jaworski vel Józef Jaworzyn 784055 PAF Age 23. Killed (1)
REASON FOR LOSS:
Very little known but that during a training exercise the pilots collided over Maesbrook and were both killed.
Both Spitfires had been built at the Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory, fitted with Merlin XII Engine.
(1) W/O. Eugeniusz Jaworski had previously served with 304 bomber squadron (Polish)
W/O. Marian Lis. Lancaster Skerton Cemetery. Grave H.24. Born 5th September 1921 in Splawie, Poznan, Poland. Next of kin details not available, are you able to assist?
W/O. Eugeniusz Jaworski vel Józef Jaworzyn. Market Drayton Cemetery, Shropshire. Grave AF124. Born 24th November 1921 in Lunieniec, Poland (now Belarus). Next of kin details not available, are you able to assist?
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of these pilots. With thanks to sources quoted below but also to Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945’. Krzystka List. Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii’. Thanks also to Jack Brook for advising us the correct serial number of Spitfire P7608 - September 2017.