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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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305 Squadron Crest
06/07.11.1944 No. 305 Squadron Mosquito FB.VI PZ238 SM-D F/O. Z. Mochnacki

Operation: Strafing attack

Date: 06/07th November 1944 (Monday/Tuesday)

Unit: No. 305 Squadron (Polish)

Type: Mosquito FB.VI

Serial: PZ238

Code: SM-D

Base: RAF Hartford Bridge, Hampshire

Location: Near Harff, Aachen, Netherlands

Pilot: F/O. Zygmunt Jan Mochnacki P-2106/782006 PAF Age 26. Killed

Nav: F/O. Zenon Ludwik Szwarnowiecki P-2273 PAF Age 27. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

During an attack on enemy transport columns came under fire from German anti aircraft fire and crashed at 20:00 hrs in the suburbs of Aachen (Harff).

Inserts above- L: F/O. Zygmunt Jan Mochnacki R: F/O. Zenon Ludwik Szwarnowiecki

Burial details:

F/O. Zygmunt Jan Mochnacki. Lommel Polish Cemetery Belgium.Grave 3.B.12. Born 24th June 1918 - Lwów, Poland. Next of kin details not available - are you able to assist? Prior to promotion served as a wireless operator.

F/O. Zenon Ludwik Szwarnowiecki. Lommel Polish Cemetery Belgium. Grave 3.A.12. Born 24th June 1917 - Tarnów, Poland. Next of kin details not available - are you able to assist?

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to 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’. Polish Memorial Database.

KTY 25.07.2015

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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