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302 Squadron Crest
03.03.1945 No. 302 Squadron Spitfire XVI TB283 F/O. Tadeusz J. Pyzik

Operation: Armed Recce

Date: 3rd March 1945 (Saturday)

Unit: No. 302 Squadron (Polish)

Type: Spitfire XVI

Serial: TB283

Base: RAF Grimbergen (B-60)

Location: Wesel, Germany

Pilot: F/O. Tadeusz Jan Pyzik P-2923 / 704016 PAF Age 23. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

During an armed recce patrol at around 13.00 hrs whilst attacking a transport column TB283 was hit and brought down by anti-aircraft fire, killing the Polish pilot.

Also shot down from 302 Squadron, Fl/Sgt. J. Oksiak in Spitfire SM398 WX-J - pilot safe.

Burial details: 

F/O. Tadeusz Jan Pyzik. Reichswald Forest Cemetery. Grave 17.18.A. Born on 28th August 1921 in Lwów Poland, now Ukraine - next of kin details not available.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses' Vol. 1-3.

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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