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02.02.1945 No. 308 Squadron Spitfire XI MJ342 ZF-O F/O. Stanski

Operation: Dive bombing operation

Date: 02nd February 1945 (Friday)

Unit: No. 308 Squadron (Polish)

Type: Spitfire IX

Serial: MJ342

Code: ZF-O

Base: B.60. Grimbergen (Belgium)

Location: B.60 - Pilot managed to return.

Pilot: F/O. Waclaw Stanski P-2677 (782355) PAF Age 25. Survived, unhurt.

REASON FOR LOSS:

Squadron attacked several targets in the Deventer area of Belgium. Direct hits on a railway station and train were reported, also a suspected V1 site in a wood was bombed. A convoy moving in the vicinity of Nijkerk was also attacked but due to the intense accurate flak no reports were available. 

  

Above: Showing both sides of Spitfire cockpit with F/O. Waclaw Stanski in the centre

Spitfire MJ342 was badly shot up by the flak but the pilot managed to bring it back to base. The aircraft was struck off charge as a result, such was the damage.

Burial Details:

None, F/O. Waclaw Stanski managed to return safely to the forward base in Belgium. He joined the Squadron in December 1942 after training at 58 OTU Grangemouth, Scotland. Settled back in Poland after the war. Died on the 18th June 1986 in Warsaw, Poland.

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, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses' Vol'.3. I.W.Museum for Spitfire cockpit photographs.

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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