05.10.1940 No. 609 Squadron Spitfire I N3223 PR-M F/O. Nowierski
Date: 05th October 1940 (Saturday)
Unit: No. 609 Squadron
Type: Spitfire I
Base: RAF Northolt, Middlesex.
Location: Chisenbury, Salisbury, England.
Pilot: F/O. 'Novi' Tadeusz S. Nowierski VM. (3 bars) DFC. 76803 PAF Age 33. Survived
REASON FOR LOSS:
During a patrol flying over Salisbury had trouble with the undercarriage (failed on return from the patrol) and was forced to bale out. He did so over Salisbury Plain, the aircraft crashed at Chisenbury (see map).
A battle of Britain pilot with a total of 5 enemy aircraft destroyed, 2 probables with 5 others shared.
Notes: Spitfire N3223 was built in Eastleigh, fitted with the Merlin III engine, flew for the first time on 3rd December 1939.
On right 'Novi' Nowierskion with Zbigniew Olenski
The above photograph is marked Jubilant pilots of 609 Squadron pose at RAF Warmwell after the successful action against Junkers 87’s of II/STG 2 on the afternoon of 13th August 1940 (courtesy Gerard John Drake-Feary)
Standing L-R: P/O. ‘Red’ E.Q. Tobin, P/O. ‘Osti’ Ostazewski, P/O. Geoff Gaunt, P/O. Paul Edge, P/O. Stephen Beaumont, Fl/Lt. Frank Howell, Sq/Ldr. George Darley, Fl/Lt. ‘Butch’ J.H.G. McArthur, Sgt. Alan N. Feary, P/O. T. Nowierski, P/O. Teeny Overton. Front: P/O. Mile Staples, Fl/Lt. David Crook, P/O. Mick Miller.
Notes on photograph: F/O. Eugene Quimby Tobin 81622 RAF Age 24 71 (Eagle Squadron) Killed on the 07th September 1941. P/O. Piotr Ostaszewski-Ostoja DFC 76741 PAF Survived war, believed to have died on the 08th May 1965 Age 55. P/O. Geoffrey Norman Gaunt 91230 RAF (Aux) Killed 15th September 1940. Fl/Lt. Frank Howell Shot down 18th July 1940 Spitfire I R6634, baled out, safe. F/O. Tadeusz Nowierski 76803 PAF Spitfire I N3223 Baled out safe - died on the 02nd April 1983 Age 76, P/O. P/O. Mike E. Staples Spitfire I N3231 Baled out - safe 07th October 1940.
A pensive Sgt. Alan Norman Feary of the 609 Sqn, hands in pocket surveys Middle Wallop dispersal amidst tin-hatted ground crew during August 1940. The pilot on his right enjoying a cup of tea is Tadeusz Nowierski. (courtesy Gerard John Drake-Feary)
None, F/O. Tadeusz S. Nowierski survived the war - finishing as a Wing Commander. Born on the 22nd June 1907 at Piotrkow Trybunalski, the son of Ludomir and Stanislawa Altdofer. After war end he settled back in Poland in 1947 when, after being refused to work with the People's Polish Air Force he became a taxi driver. He was arrested in 1948 and after two years released.
He died suddenly at the age of 76 on the 2nd April 1983.
Buried in the Powazki Cemetery, Warsaw, Poland. (shown left)
Researched for relatives of the pilot. With thanks to the following for further information supplied Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses' Vol. 1, Peter Sikora. Christopher Shores and Clive Williams 'Aces High'.