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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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303 Squadron Crest
24.09.1943 No. 303 Squadron Spitfire IX EN173 RF-C Fl/Sgt. Tadeusz Szymkowiak

Operation: Ramrod 

Date: 24th September 1943 (Friday)

Unit: No. 303 Squadron (Polish)

Type: Spitfire IX

Serial: EN173

Code: RF-C

Location: Tilloy-Les-Conty, France

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Tadeusz Szymkowiak P-794022 PAF Age 21. Killed


Shot down and killed by FW190 over Tilloy-Les-Conty, France. 

Fl/Sgt. Tadeusz Szymkowiak shot down a FW190 sharing it with F/O. Majewski on the 24th August 1943, whilst escorting B17's after a bomb run over France. He also shot down a FW190 on the 4th September 1943.

Left: Fl/Sgt. Tadeusz Szymkowiak

Above: Spitfire EN173 being worked on by 303 ground crew


58 Operational Training Unit (OTU) Course No. 22. Any relative of any pupil shown on this photograph are invited to apply for H/R copy free of charge by using the ‘add info’ button above with your details. A few other course photographs are also available.

Front row: Sgt. Seaman, Sgt. Stockton, Sgt. Emes, Sgt. Walker, Sgt. Roberts and Sgt Robinson.
Centre row: Sgt. Sorge, Sgt. Jackson, Sgt. Tysowski, Sgt. Utterson, Sgt. Warr, Sgt. Waterhouse and Sgt. Smith A.W.
Back row: Sgt. Ksiazczyk, Sgt. Brygider (killed 19.04.1944), Sgt. Calinski (killed 20.05.1944), Sgt. Kraszewski, Sgt. Dabrowski (killed 14.06.1943), Sgt. Zurakowski (killed 27.05.1944), Sgt. Bartlomiejczyk, Sgt. Rembowski, Sgt. Nowoczyn and Sgt. Szymkowiak (killed 24.09.1944)



Burial Details:

Fl/Sgt. Tadeusz Szymkowiak. Poix de la Somme Cemetery. Row. 2. Grave 57. Chrościcach, Poland. NoK details currently not available - are you able to assist completion of these and any other information?

With thanks to 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', Jerzy Bogdan Cynk - 'The Polish Airforce At War' Vol's 1 and 2.

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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