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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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305 Squadron Crest
22.02.1944 No. 305 Squadron Mosquito LR289 SM-K Fl/Sgt. Szarek

Operation: Training

Date: 22nd February 1944 (Tuesday)

Unit: No. 305 Squadron (Polish)

Type: Mosquito FB.VI

Serial: LR289

Code: SM-K

Base: RAF Herriard, Hampshire

Location: Weston Patrick

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Stefan Szarek 792039 PAF Age 23. Killed

Nav: Sgt. Edmund Ostrowski 794586 PAF Age 21. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Taking off on a training flight when using the exercise it appears that a wing became detached - the aircraft then crashed close to the village of Weston Patrick in Hampshire.

It is worth pointing out to readers that Polish Squadrons, in general, held the Navigator as the Captain of the aircraft.

Burial details:

Fl/Sgt. Stefan Szarek. Newark Cemetery. War Graves Plot Section N. Grave 320. Next of kin details not available - are you able to assist? Born in Krakow, Poland on the 28th September 1920.

Sgt. Edmund Ostrowski. Newark Cemetery. War Graves Plot Section O. Grave 320. Next of kin details not available - are you able to assist? Born in Reboucas, Brazil on the 21st April 1922.

For further details our thanks to Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Krzystka List and the following sources.

KTY 13.12.2018

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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