24.08.1940 No. 501 Squadron Hurricane I P3141 SD-W P/O. Pawel Zenker
Date: 24th August 1940 (Saturday)
Unit: No. 501 Squadron
Type: Hurricane I
Base: RAF Gravesend
Location: North Sea off Dover
Pilot: P/O. Pawel Zenker 76714 PAF Age 26. Missing
REASON FOR LOSS:
On the 18th August 1940 he had been credited for shooting down the Luftwaffe ace Hptm. Horst ‘Jacob’ Tietzen (1) of 5./JG51, over the Thames estuary.
During a patrol to defend the fighter bases following previous overnight raid by the Luftwaffe with over 200 heavy bombers on the Dunlop Fort works in Birmingham.
Encountered Do17’s and Bf109’s over Dover. P/O. Zener was last seen at 10:15 hrs. to be chasing a Bf109 over the North Sea and failed to return.
501 Squadron lost another aircraft during the day, P/O. K.R. Aldridge broke his arm during baling out of his Hurricane I L1865 SD-R over West Kingsdon at 16:35 hrs.
(1) Born on the 19th July 1912. At the time of his loss, Hptm. Horst ‘Jacob’ Tietzen had been credited with 27 abschüsse. 7 during the Spanish Civil War, with a further 20 during WW2. His body was washed up on shore at Calais in France. Posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross
P/O. Pawel Zenker remains missing. Commemorated on the Warsaw Memorial to the missing and also at the Polish memorial at Northolt, England. Born on the 25th December 1914 at Chocicza, Poland.