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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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19.12.1943 No. 300 Squadron Wellington X HF598 BH-M F/O. Jan A. Ochędzan

Operation: Air Test

Date: 19th December 1943 (Sunday)

Unit: 300 Squadron PAF (Land of Masovia)

Type: Wellington X

Serial: HF598

Code: BH-M

Base: RAF Ingham, Lincolnshire.

Location: 1 mile south west of Hackthorn, Lincolnshire

Pilot: F/O. Jan Andrzej Ochędzan P-1729 PAF Age 27. Killed

Pilot 2: Sgt. Feliks Antoni Bluj 794721 PAF Age 21. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Took off from RAF Ingham at 11.00 hrs. on an air test. Not much further information is currently available, except that the Wellington crashed just eleven minutes after take off some 1 mile south west of Hackthorn and both crew killed. (we welcome any further information) 

Burials took place at Newark on the 21st December.

Burial details:

F/O. Jan Andrzej Ochędzan. Newark-Upon-Trent Cemetery. War Graves Plot Sec N Grave 319a. Born 13th December 1916. Zaborowie, Eastern Poland.

Sgt. Feliks Antoni Bluj. Newark-Upon-Trent Cemetery. War Graves Plot Sec M Grave 319a. Born 25th May 1922. Parcice. Poland.

Researched for relatives and friends of the crew. With thanks to the following: Robert Gretzyngier, Woitek Matusiak, Wadldemar Wojcik and Josef Zielinski for Polish information, Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vol's. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions’. Polish Honour Roll Data base. Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii’.

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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