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28.03.1943 No 602 Squadron Spitfire Vc AR468 Sgt. Starzynski

Operation: Recce

Date: 28th March 1943 (Sunday)

Unit: No. 602 Squadron

Type: Spitfire Vc

Serial: AR468

Base: R.A.F. Perranporth

Location: English Channel off Lle de Batz

Pilot: Sgt. Henryk Starzynski P-793783 P.A.F. Age 26. Missing 

REASON FOR LOSS:

During the afternoon of the Sunday 28th March 1943 Sgt. Starzynski was on a shipping reconnaissance sortie off Lle de Batz when he came into contact wit Fw190’s from JG2 and at 14.30 hrs shot down and lost in the Cannel. AR468 was the only casualty from 602 squadron this day. 

610 Squadron did lose 4 aircraft, with all pilots killed over Abbeville during a Rodeo – also victims of JG2.

                   

                    

Course 23, 58 O.T.U, Grangemouth, Scotland: Front row: P/O. Bendit, P/O. Banach, F/O. Andersz, Fl/Lt. Ridkosil, F/O. Preihs, P/O. Ciach, P/O. Birtus – Centre row: Sgt. Ziendalski, Sgt. Haczkiewicz, Sgt. Makowski, Sgt. Muszynski, Sgt. Gilis, Sgt. Orzechowski, Sgt. Plenkiewicz – Rear row: Sgt. Bednarz, Sgt. Starzynski, Sgt. Kierski, Sgt. Sztuka, Sgt. Murkowski, Sgt. Kobylinski

                                                         

Burial Details:

Sgt. Henryk Starzynski. Commemorated on the Polish Memorial at Northolt and also Memorial for Aircrew in Warsaw, Poland. Born 17th March 1917. N.o.K. details not currently available.

Researched for relatives of the pilot with thanks for additional information to The Grangemouth Air Cadets and the Grangemouth Spitfire Memorial Trust who provided me with so much information and assistance during my visit, 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, 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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