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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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24/25.09.1940 No. 301 Squadron P.A.F. Battle I L5351 GR-N P/O. Waronski

Operation: Invasion ports operations.

Date: 24/25th September 1940 (Tuesday/Wednesday)

Unit: No. 301 Squadron (Polish)

Type: Fairy Battle I

Serial: L5351

Code: GR-N

Base: RAF Swinderby

Location: Thetford, Norfolk

Pilot: P/O. Józef Waroński 76683 PAF Age 33. Killed

Nav: Sgt. Józef Stanislaw Kaliński 76677 PAF Age 26. Killed 

W/Op: Sgt. Karol Paliwoda 780495 PAF Age 21. Killed


Took off from Swinderby to attack the invasion ships that were assembling in Bolougne and other channel ports.

Not much information on this loss but it would seem that it was attacked by a night fighter and eventually crashed near Thetford, Norfolk. We would welcome any revisions / further information to this page of remembrance.


Left: P/O. Józef Waroński. right: Sgt. Józef Stanislaw Kaliński {courtesy Gretzyngier, Matusiak, Wojcik and Zielinski) 


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Honnington (All Saints) Churchyard, Suffolk

Burial details:

P/O. Józef Waroński. Honnington (All Saints) Churchyard. Grave No. 664. Czeladź, Poland. N.o.K. details currently not available.

Sgt. Józef Stanislaw Kaliński. Honnington (All Saints) Churchyard. Grave No. 662. Warsaw, Poland. N.o.K. details currently not available.

Sgt. Karol Paliwoda. Honnington (All Saints) Churchyard. Grave No. 663. bajkowca, Poland.  N.o.K. details currently not available.

Researched for relatives of the crew. With thanks to the following: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Robert Gretzyngier, Woitek Matusiak, Wadldemar Wojcik and Josef Zielinski for crew photo's.

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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