29.04.1942 No. 1 PSM Spitfire Vb BM307 RF-Q W/Cmdr. Marian Pisarek DFC
Operation: Circus 145
Date: 29th April 1942 (Wednesday)
Unit: No. 1 Polish Wing (Polskim Skrzydlem Mysliwski)
Type: Spitfire Vb
Base: RAF Northolt, Middlesex
Location: Hardelot, Western France
Pilot: W/Cmd. Marian Pisarek DFC P-1381. PAF Age 30. Missing
REASON FOR LOSS:
Listed as number seven in the Polish 'Aces' records with a total of 12 confirmed kills, 1 probable with 2 further recorded as damaged.
The flight was attacked over Hardelot, France by JG26 and was hit by fire from a Fw190. His aircraft in flames and he was trapped. Eventually he managed to free his foot and jumped from the aircraft. Sadly too low for his parachute to deploy fully.
Whilst a F/O. with 303 Squadron baled out of his Hurricane I R4173 over the Thames Estuary after being attacked byMe 109's during the late afternoon of the 7th September 1941.
The "Heroes of Kosciuszko" series will feature the striking tail art Portraits of famous Polish Air Force pilots of the 303 "Kosciuszcko" Sqn. This Aircraft 'Red 56' is in honour of Wing Cdr. Marian Pisarek.
W/Cmd. Marian Pisarek DFC Commemorated on both the Polish Memorial at Northolt and the Warsaw Memorial. Born 3rd January 1912. Next of kin details not available - are you able to assist?
Researched for relatives of the pilot with thanks to the following for further information, 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' Vol's 1 and 2, Aircrew Remembered archives.