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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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602 Squadron Crest
15.07.1943 No. 602 Squadron Spitfire Vb AD290 Fl/Sgt. Tysowski

Operation: Ramrod

Date: 15th July 1943 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 602 Squadron (motto: Cave leonem cruciatum - 'Beware the crossed lion')

Type: Spitfire Vb

Serial: AD290

Code: LO-?

Base: RAF Kingsnorth, Kent

Location: English Channel off Dieppe, France

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Albert John Tysowski R/106227 RCAF Age 22. PoW No: 43235 Camp: Stalag Luft Heydekrug

REASON FOR LOSS:

On a 'Roadstead' operation - escorting 12 Douglas Bostons in the afternoon, that were to bomb Poix Airfield. During the return trip they were jumped by 109's of JG26.

During this combat Al Tysowski was shot down but managed to bale from his Spitfire into the English Channel. He made it into his dingy, but after about 3 hours of paddling he was spotted by two Fw190's and then picked up ny a German motor boat a few hours later.

He had escaped two previous incidents. On the 22nd September 1942 he was piloting a Spitfire Va at RAF Sumburgh when it swung during take ogg and hit a starter trolley damaging the undercarriage which collapsed on landing. Pilot not injured. Then on the 04th November 1942 flying Spitfire Vb EP724 swung during take off damaging the undercarriage. The airfield was full with other aircraft so pilot baled out into the sea at Gibraltar harbour. Pilot not injured.

A bad day fot the squadron, four aircraft shot down:

Fl/Sgt. Harry Hannah Flying Spitfire Vb AR426 PoW - injured repatriated.
Fl/Lt. Arthur Sidney Ronald Strudwick 127804 RAFVR Flying Spitfire EN840 PoW No: 1787 Stalag Luft Sagan. (Went on to fly the Meteor after the war. Reached the rank of Air Commodore before retiring in 1976.
Fl/Sgt. Richard George James McKenzie NZ/41519 RNZAF Flying Spitfire BL971 - killed

58 Operational Training Unit, Grangemouth, Scotland. Course 22 B 27th May 1942

Front: Sgt. Seaman, Sgt. Stockton, Sgt. Emes, Sgt. Walker, Sgt. Roberts and Sgt Robinson.
Centre: Sgt. Sorge, Sgt. Jackson, Sgt. Albert John Tysowski R/106227, Sgt. Utterson, Sgt. Warr, Sgt. Waterhouse and Sgt. Smith A.W.
Rear: Sgt. Jan Ksiazczyk 782820, Sgt. Roman Marian Brygider P-2304 / 783232 (killed 19.04.1944), Sgt. Stanisław Calinski-cap P-2198 / 793234 (killed 20.05.1944), Sgt. Ludwik Kraszewski, P-1895 / 783697 Sgt. Józef Dabrowski 784758 (killed 14.06.1943), Sgt. Tadeusz Zurakowski P-1893 / 793384 (killed 27.05.1944), Sgt. Czesław Bartlomiejczyk 783248, Sgt. Eugeniusz Stanisław Rembowski 782828, Sgt. Witold Bohdan Nowoczyn 781525 and Sgt. Tadeusz Szymkowiak 794022 (killed 24.09.1944)

Burial details:

None - survived dived the war. Enlisted May 1940. Passed away at Kamsack, Saskatchewan, Canada on the 28th August 2016, age 96. Son of Jacob and Katherine (Nahachewsky) Tysowski and husband of Rose (née Sopkow).

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to sources as quoted below:

KTY 09.12.2019

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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