15.12.1942 No. 303 Squadron Spitfire Vb AD269 RF-L P/O. Stankiewicz
Date: 15th December 1942
Unit: No. 303 Squadron (Polish)
Type: Spitfire Vb
Base: RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey
Location: Normanby-le-Wolds, Near Market Rasen, Lincolnshire.
Pilot: P/O. Ryszard Stankiewicz P-1737 PAF Age 27. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
During a training flight the weather became extremely bad with very poor visibility the Spitfire failed to from a spin, crashing at Normanby-le-Wolds in Lincolnshire.
Joined 303 Squadron at the beginning of October 1942. Escaped from Poland via Libya and Romania and then into France.
P/O. Ryszard Stankiewicz. Newark-Upon-Trent Cemetery. Sec H Grave 313. Born 18th August 1915 in Turno near Gmina Sosnowica, Poland. N.o.K. details not yet available.
Researched for relatives of the pilot. With thanks to the following for further information supplied by the 1333 (Grangemouth Spitfire) Squadron and the Grangemouth Spitfire Memorial Trust who provided me with so much information and assistance during my visit, Polish Squadron O.R.B. 'website'. Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945'.