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04.04.1944 No. 306 Squadron Mustang III FX881 Fl/Lt. Szajda

Operation: Ferry flight

Date: 4th April 1944 (Tuesday)

Unit: No. 306 Squadron (Polish)

Type: Mustang III

Serial: FX881

Coded: Not assigned

Base: RAF Coolham

Location: RAF Aston Down

Pilot: Fl/Lt. Wladyslaw Jan Szajda P-1740 PAF Age 25. Killed


Delivering the Mustang to his Squadron from Aston Down - crash landed after take off with tanks full of fuel.

Pilot was stuck in the cockpit by his legs and despite attempts to free him he died in the flames.

Course 26, 58 O.T.U: Front row: P/O. Bialecki, P/O. Dubielecki, F/O. Kalinowski, P/O. Radziszewski, P/O.Bartys, P/O. Meyer - Centre row: Sgt. Sczepankiewicz, Sgt. Tomkczak, P/O. Panek, P/O. Sworniowski, P/O. Stankiewicz, P/O. Radwanski, Sgt. Stanski - Rear row: Sgt. Lewicki, Sgt. Jan Sweryda, Sgt. Szajda, Sgt. Gieerczycki, St. Jaszczar, Sgt Kepdzynski

Burial Details:

Fl/Lt. Wladyslaw Jan Szajda. Northwood Cemetery. Grave Sec H 357. Born Born 31st October 1919. Chorodylow, Poland

Research by Peter Sikora (April 2009) Dedicated to relatives of the pilot and the people who tried to save his life that day.

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