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15.12.1942 No. 303 Squadron Spitfire Vb AD269 RF-L P/O. Stankiewicz

Operation: Training

Date: 15th December 1942

Unit: No. 303 Squadron (Polish)

Type: Spitfire Vb

Serial: AD269

Code: RF-L

Base: RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey

Location: Normanby-le-Wolds, Near Market Rasen, Lincolnshire.

Pilot: P/O. Ryszard Stankiewicz P-1737 PAF Age 27. Killed


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.

Burial Details:

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'.

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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