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26.11.1942 No. 58 O.T.U Spitfire I X4936 P/O. Kazimierz A. Samofal

Operation: Training

Date: 26th November 1942 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 58 OTU (Operational Training Unit)

Type: Spitfire I

Serial: X4936

Base: RAF Grangemouth, Scotland.

Location: RAF Grangemouth, Scotland.

Pilot: P/O. Kazimierz Adam Samofal P-1619 Polish Air Force Age 23. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

During a training flight the Spitfire X4936 experienced sever glycol leak and the pilot was forced to land. Sadly colliding with Spitfire P9367 that was parked. It is understood he was killed instantly.

Served previously with 316 Squadron when on the 5th June 1942 he was credited with a Fw 109 between Caan and Le Havre.

                     

                                        

Funeral at Northwood Cemetery (courtesy of Gretzyngier, Matusiak, Wójcik and Zieliński)

Left: Grave at Northwood Cemetery (Taken by Aircrew Remembered and available at a higher resolution to relatives/friends of the pilot)

Burial Details:

P/O. Kazimierz Adam Samofal. Northwood Cemetery. Sec. H. Grave 334. Born 3rd May 1920, Skwierzyna, Poland.

With thanks for further information to Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - "Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945", Peter Sikora.


 

Above: 23 year old P/O. Kazimierz Adam Samofal


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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