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300 Squadron Crest
12/13.06.1944 No. 300 Squadron Lancaster I LL807 BH-N Fl/Lt. Jerzy W. Rozanski

Operation: Gelsenkirchen

Date: 12/13th June 1944 (Monday/Tuesday)

Unit: 300 Squadron (Polish)

Type: Lancaster I

Serial: LL807

Code: BH-N (note)

Base: RAF Faldingworth

Location: IJsselmee, Holland

Pilot: Fl/Lt. Jerzy Wladyslaw Rozanski P-1818/793605 PAF Age 26. Killed

Fl/Eng: Sgt. Mieczyslaw Gustaw Szeliga 782001 PAF Age 26. Killed

Nav: F/O. Mieczyslaw Hahn P-2408/703491 PAF Age 25. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: F/O. Waclaw Bakun P-2251/703846 PAF Age 25. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Albin Pacula 704493 PAF Age 21. Missing

Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Marian Wroblewski 704824 PAF Age 23. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Rajmund Barzdo 704838 PAF Age 30. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Took off at 23:16 hrs from Faldingworth, Lincolnshire to attack the Nordstein Oil plant at Gelsenkirchen. Part of a force of 286 Lancasters and a further 17 Mosquitos.

Heavy losses received on this raid with 3 being lost to 300 squadron alone. It was thought that LL807 was hit by flak. Five of the crew are buried in Amersfoort Cemetery, another in Elburg whilst Sgt. Pacula has no known grave.

Other 300 Squadron losses this operation:

Lancaster III DV286 BH-C - Flown by Fl/Sgt. Franciszek Rembecki 793887 PAF Killed with 5 other crew, 1 taken PoW.
Lancaster III JA683 BH-S - Flown by F/O. Henryk Marian Burkiewicz 793980 PAF killed with 5 other crew, 1 evading capture.

note: Bomber Command Losses have this listed as BH-K, code number changed to BH-N later.

Burial Details:

Fl/Lt. Jerzy Wladyslaw Rozanski. Amersfoot Cemetery Grave. Plot 13. Row 12. Grave 202. Born 27th March 1910, Łódź, Poland. (Grave shown left)

Sgt. Mieczyslaw Gustaw Szeliga. Elburg Cemetery Grave. A4. Born 28th July, Poland.

F/O. Mieczyslaw Hahn. Amersfoot Cemetery Grave. Plot 13. Row 12. Grave 206. Born 17th September 1919.  Poland.

F/O. Waclaw Bakun. Amersfoot Cemetery Grave. Plot 13. Row 12. Grave 207. Born 06th November 1919 Grodno, Poland (now Belarus)

Sgt. Albin Pacula. Missing - commemorated on the Polish War Memorial in Northolt. Born 02nd March 1923, Poland.

Fl/Sgt. Marian Wroblewski. Amersfoot Cemetery Grave. Plot 13. Row 12. Grave 204. Born 21st July 1921, Piotrków, Poland.

Sgt. Rajmund Barzdo . Amersfoot Cemetery Grave. Plot 13. Row 12. Grave 203. Born 14th April 1914, Tomsk, Russia.

With thanks to 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', other sources as quoted below.

KTY 04.08.2015 Page updated

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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