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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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316 Squadron Crest
02.01.1945 No. 316 Squadron Mustang III KH494 SZ-I Fl/Lt. Teofil Szymankiewicz

Operation: Rodeo 408

Date: 2nd January 1945 (Tuesday)

Unit: No. 316 Squadron (Polish)

Type: Mustang III

Serial: KH494

Code: SZ-I

Base: RAF Andrews Field, Essex

Location: B-88 Heesch, Netherlands

Pilot: Fl/Lt. (‘Ilek’) Teofil Szymankiewicz P-0744 PAF Age 26. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Engine failure, crash landed on the B-88 airfield (Heesch, Netherlands) during the morning of the 2nd January. Badly burned and died later in hospital.

The B-88 airstrip was characterised by the use of PSP (Pierced Steel Planks) surfacing due to the severe drainage and consequent mud problems.

Burial Details:

Fl/Lt. Teofil Szymankiewicz. Eindhoven-Woensel Cemetery. Grave No. 266/KK. Born 20th December 1919, Czempiń, Poland.

Research by Peter Sikora (April 2009)

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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