22.02.1944 No. 305 Squadron Mosquito LR289 SM-K Fl/Sgt. Szarek
Date: 22nd February 1944 (Tuesday)
Unit: No. 305 Squadron (Polish)
Type: Mosquito FB.VI
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.
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.