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
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.
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