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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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13.09.1944 No. 315 Squadron Mustang III FX878 PK-F W/O. Siwek VM KW

Operation: Ramrod 1280

Date: 13th September 1944 (Wednesday)

Unit: No. 315 Squadron (Polish)

Type: Mustang P-51D III

Serial: FX878

Code: PK-F

Base: RAF Brenzett, Kent

Location: 1 km from airfield RAF Brenzett, Kent

Pilot: W/O. Kazimierz Siwek VM KW 783226 PAF Age 26. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Twelve Mustangs left on a Ramrod operation at 16.45 hrs joining aircraft from 129 and 306 Squadrons.

Returning from a long range operation the pilot crashed some 1 km. short of the airfield at 20.50 hrs.

(No cause revealed, perhaps exhaustion and lack of concentration) Weather, at the time, was clear


Previously he was an instructor with 58 OTU at Grangemouth Scotland. On the 18th August 1944 he shot down 3 Fw109s on a single sortie. (1)

(1) 315 became the highest scoring Squadron in a single operation - with 20 kills, for the whole of WW2.


Burial Details:

W/O. Kazimierz Siwek VM KW Brookwood Military Cemetery (Polish section). Plot 27. Row D. Grave 3. Son of Adolf and Anna, born 1st January 1918.


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', Aircrew Remembered own archives. Also thanks to Charlie, for grave photo. (Find-A-Grave)

Note: The Polish Award 'Krzyz Walecznych' (abbreviated to KW) is frequently referred to in English as 'Cross of Valour' abbreviated to CV

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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