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14.04.1942 No. 306 Squadron Spitfire Vc AB182 UZ-W Sq/Ldr. Wczelik

Operation: Circus 123

Date: 14th April 1942 (Tuesday)

Unit: No. 306 Squadron (Polish)

Type: Spitfire Vc

Serial: AB182

Code: UZ-W

Base: RAF Churchstanton, Somerset

Location: Caen, France

Pilot: Sq/Ldr. Antoni Wczelik P-1419 Polish Air Force Age 31. Missing

REASON FOR LOSS:

Took off with eleven other Spitfires on Circus 123 at 11.50 hrs, covering 12 Boston aircraft that were to bomb the power station at Mondeville, near Caen, France.

During the return flight the squadron was attacked by four Me109's, Fl/Lt. Zulikowski with F/O. Arct (1) witnessed Spitfire AD182 falling towards the English Channel with white smoke pouring from the aircraft. 28 year old F/O. Edward Jankowski was also shot down and missing during the same attack from JG2

 The remainder of the squadron landed at 13.00 hrs.

                     

(1) Sq/Ldr, F/O. Arct was shot down on the 6th September 1944 flying a Mustang III FB351, survived but taken Prisoner of War

Burial Details:

Sq/Ldr. Antoni Wczelik - none - missing, commemorated on the Polish Memorial at Northolt and on the Warsaw Memorial. Born 4 October 1906. Joined 302 Squadron on 20th August 1940. December 1940 joined 317 Squadron. In October 1941 joined 306 Squadron as Squadron leader.

Researched for relatives of the pilot with thanks to the following for further information, 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' Vol. 2, Aircrew Remembered own archives.






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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