303 Squadron Mustang KM113/ KM201 W/O. Rutecki - Fl/Sgt. Magdziak
Date: 20th August 1945 (Monday)
Unit: No. 303 Squadron Polish
Type: Mustang III
Serial: KM113 / KM201
Base: RAF Andrews Field
Location: Lickey End, Bromsgrove.
Pilot: W/O. Alojzy Rutecki 780703 Polish Air Force Age 26. Killed
Pilot: Fl/Sgt Stanislaw Magdziak 782139 Polish Air Force Age 24. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Part of a large formation carrying out a bomber escort duty.
Formation entered cloud in conditions worst than forecast. W/O. Alojzy Rutecki who was section leader, lost control of his aircraft, formation split up and shortly after breaking cloud KM113 collided with Mustang KM201 flown by Fl/Sgt Stanislaw Magdziak.
Course No. 15, 58 OTU Grangemouth, Scotland: - Front row: Sgt. Corbett, Sgt. Sekkerling, Sgt. Kotlarz, Sgt. Madej, Sgt. Szelestowski, Sgt. Krakowski, Sgt. Polek, Sgt. Kolezynski, Sgt. Elmerycm, Sgt. Grobelny, Sgt. Rutecki, Sgt. Szymanski - Second row: P/O. Hunter, P/O. Loree, P/O. Frith, P/O. Deytrikh, F/O. Gastula, Fl/Lt. Walendowski, P/O. Davies, P/O. Phelan, P/O. Tonge. F/O. Godlewski, P/O. Wigston, P/O. Zakrzewski - Third row: Sgt. Powers, Sgt. Watkin, Sgt. Vance, Sgt. Machan, Sgt. McGready, Sgt. Taggart, Sgt. Oliver, Sgt. Shaw, Sgt. Kippan, Sgt. Moeser, Sgt. Matthewman - Back row: Sgt. Hunt, Sgt. Julian, Sgt. Watson, Sgt. Little, Sgt. Nicoll, Sgt. Kaye, Sgt. Allingham, Sgt. Miller, Sgt. Davies, Sgt. Jowett, Sgt. Rawson, Sgt. Cleaver, Sgt. Burley.
W/O. Alojzy Ruteck. Bath (Haycombe) Cemetery. Plot 39. Row D. Section H. Grave 248. Born 4th July 1919, Grudziadz, Poland.
Fl/Sgt Stanislaw Magdziak. Hucknall Cemetery. Nottinghamshire. Section D Grave 10. Born 29th April 1921, Ploskie, Zamosc, Poland
The Grangemouth Air Cadets and the Grangemouth Spitfire Memorial Trust who provided me with so much information and assistance during my visit, Colin Cummings - 'The Price Of Peace'. Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945'.
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