16.04.1941 No. 303 Squadron Spitfire IIa P7819 RF-S P/O. Boguslaw Mierzwa
Operation: Circus 8
Date: 16th April 1941 (Wednesday)
Unit: No. 303 Squadron (Polish)
Type: Spitfire IIa
Base: RAF Northolt, Middlesex
Location: Near Dungeness, Kent
Pilot: P/O Bogusław Mierzwa P-1389 PAF Age 23 Killed
New Memorial planned - we need your assistance - see link for Dungeness. We would also like any relative of the pilot to contact us with any further information / photographs.
REASON FOR LOSS:
Providing close cover to bombers on a raid to Berck-sur-Mer engaged Bf109’s of JG53 over the Channel and shot down.
303 Squadron members with P/O Bogusław Mierzwa seated first left (courtesy Peter Sikora collection)
A memorial had been placed to him and another 303 squadron pilot, P/O Mieczyslaw Waskiewicz
, also lost this day in the Dungeness area. Another Polish pilot,from 303 Squadron was also hit, but P/O. W.S. Strzembosz (1) flying Spitfire IIa Z3090 survived, wounded. His aircraft was damaged but later repaired.
Left: Grave of P/O Boguslaw Mierzwa at Northwood Cemetery - taken during a visit by Aircrew Remembered, July 2013. (High resolution photo of the grave is available to relatives)
Sadly, in January 2015 we have been informed that the memorial placed, is in a very bad state of repair - efforts are underway to build a similar memorial in a more visible area. Funds are of course needed for this and we would appreciate your help with these efforts. Aircrew Remembered have provided a donation.
(1) Wictor Stanislaw Strzembosz was killed just 3 months later on the 8th July 1941 in Spitfire IIb P8669 RF-M over Dunkirk, France. Buried at Merville.
P/O Boguslaw Mierzwa. Northwood Cemetery. Section H. Grave 290. NoK details currently not available - are you able to assist completion of these and any other information? Joined 303 Squadron 21 August 1940 - moved to No.5 Operational Training Unit 2nd September 1940, rejoining 303 Squadron 27 September 1940.
Spitfire P7819 - flown by P/O Bogusław Mierzwa (see credits and Peter Sikora collection)Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Peter Sikora, Dungeness UK
, 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', Jerzy Bogdan Cynk - 'The Polish Airforce At War' Vol's 1 and 2, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses' Vol. 1-3.
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