21.09.1941 No. 315 Squadron Spitfire Vb AB927 PK-S F/O. Nowak
Operation: Circus (See abbreviations)
Date: 21st September 1941 (Sunday)
Unit: No. 315 Squadron
Type: Spitfire Vb
Base: RAF Northolt, Middlesex
Location: English Channel, off Dunkirk, France
Pilot: F/O. Tadeusz Nowak (Teddy) 76704 Polish Air Force Age 27. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Joined 253 squadron on the 16th July 1940 as part of the first group to move under the Anglo-Polish arrangements for Polish pilots to operate in Fighter Command for the Battle of Britain.
Left: F/O. Tadeusz Nowak
Claimed Me110 on the 4th September 1940, Do17 on the 29th October. Joined 315 Squadron in January 1941 moving to Speke, Liverpool on the 11th March 1941.
On the 14th July 1941 the squadron then moved to Northolt. In August claimed another enemy aircraft, Bf109 off Dunkirk.
Awarded the Virtuti Militari (VM) Silver Cross on the 21st December 1940 by General Sikorski.
During Circus operation to Gosnay, shot down by Me109 from 6./JG26 off Dunkirk.
Sent out a Mayday message, understood to have survived the ditching, tragically not recovered in time and drowned.
F/O. Tadeusz Nowak grave and right: Quiberville Church, France (courtesy Kate Tame)
Any relative who would like a full size photograph of the grave we would be very happy to email it to you free of charge.
F/O. Tadeusz Nowak. Quiberville Church, France. Grave No. 11. Born 2nd June 1914. Zawiercie, Poland. Next of Kin details currently unavailable.
Researched for relatives of P/O. Teddy Nowak. Acknowledgments: Kate Tame Aircrew Remembered Senior Editor, Robert Gretzyngier, Woitek Matusiak, Waldemar Wojcik and Josef Zielinski for Polish information that we may have used. Norman Franks - "Fighter Command Losses".