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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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303 Squadron Crest
8.07.1941 No. 303 Squadron Spitfire IIb P8669 RF-M F/O. Wiktor S. Strzembosz

Operation: Escort

Date: 08th July 1941 (Tuesday)

Unit: No. 303 Squadron (PAF)

Type: Spitfire IIb

Serial: P8669

Code: RF-M

Base: RAF Northolt

Location: Dunkirk, France

Pilot: F/O. Wiktor Stanislaw Strzembosz P-0897 PAF Age 26. Killed


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REASON FOR LOSS:

12 Spitfires from 303 Squadron left at 14.30 hrs to provide cover for 3 Stirlings. The squadron were attacked, 

One of the Squadron Spitfires flown by F/O. Wiktor Strzembosz peeled away and no site was seen of him.

The squadron continued with the escort and on return were attacked again, Sgt. Germer managed to claim one before he was wounded. He managed to return escorted by P/O. Lipinski and landed at RAF Manston.

 Whilst all this was going on Squadron Commander Tadeuss Arentowicz was heard on the R/T calling for assistance as he was going down. He was never seen by the others, presumed to have crashed into the Channel off Dunkirk.

Further combat details can be found on the page for Sq/Ldr. Henneberg DFC - missing on the 12th April 1941.

Burial details: 

F/O. Wiktor Stanislaw Strzembosz. Merville Communal Cemetery. Row B. Plot II. Grave 13. Born on 12th July 1914 in Rokiciny, Poland. Next of kin details currently not available - can you assist?

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot, with thanks to Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses' Vol. 1-3, Krzystek’s List,  Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii’. Polish Data base. 

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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