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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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22.07.1941 No. 308 Squadron Spitfire IIb P8590 ZF-U P/O. OrzechowskI

Operation: Sweep

Date: 22nd July 1941

Unit: No. 308 squadron (Polish)

Type: Supermarine Spitfire IIb

Serial: P8590

Code: ZF-U

Base: RAF Northolt, Middlesex

Location: Lost in English Channel

Pilot: P/O. Mirosław Maciej Orzechowski P-0772 PAF Age 25. Missing

REASON FOR LOSS:

Left: P/O. Mirosław Maciej Orzechowski, formerly of No. 56 Squadron, missing in action

After successfully strafing the airfield at St. Omer, for reasons unknown, the pilot crashed into the Channel.

Also lost on the same operation from 308 Squadron, F/O. Władysław Bożek, flying Spitfire IIb P8318 ZF-P shot down and missing in the English Channel.

Burial details:

P/O. Mirosław Maciej Orzechowski. No known grave, commemorated on the Memorial to missing Airman in Warsaw. Next of kin details currently not available. Born 25 February 1916.

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 and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), 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', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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