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303 Squadron Crest
25.03.1942 No. 303 Squadron Spitfire VB AD179 RF-F W/O. Wróblewski

Operation: Sweep

Date: 25th March 1942 (Wednesday)

Unit: No. 303 Squadron

Type: Spitfire VB

Serial: AD179

Code: RF-F

Base: RAF Northolt

Location: Not known

Pilot: W/O. Aleksander Wróblewski P-0754 PAF Age 27 Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Taking off at 16:15 hrs as top Squadron on a sweep from Le Touquet - Saint-Omer, returning via Gravelines.

Over Desvres at 20,000 ft they noticed 6 - 8 Me109's a few thousand feet below. F/O. Wróblewski immediately turned and dived down to engage. The remainder of his section suddenly observed a further 6 - 8 Me109's approaching them at the same height. F/O. Janusz Marciniak P-0317 PAF engaged the enemy but heavily out numbered managed to return - followed most of the way by a German fighter.

Nothing further was heard from F/O. Wróblewski!

The then Sq/Ldr. Janusz Marciniak was also lost on Friday the 23rd June 1944 while with 306 Squadron. Flying Mustang III FX970 UZ-C when shot down by a Me109 over Dreux at around midday.

306 Squadron lost 4 pilots this day, the others:

26 year old, Fl/Lt. Ryszard Budrewicz P-1594 / 783411 PAF taken PoW flying Mustang FZ163 UZ-X (PoW No. 6495 Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria). Just two weeks earlier, force landed his Mustang FZ192 UZ-W at Beachhead on the 08th June 1944, no injuries.

23 year old, Fl/Sgt. Karol Michałkiewicz 784123 PAF, flying Mustang FB196 UZ-Q, aircraft lost, evaded capture with pilot returning safely. Further details here.

33 year old, Fl/Lt. Edmund Bronisław Tomanek 76795 PAF taken PoW, flying Mustang FX873 UZ-T - no further PoW details.

The Squadron suffered damage to four other aircraft, one of these flown by Fl/Lt. Władysław Jan Potocki P-1856 / 780976 PAF force landed his Mustang III FB168 on a Normandy airstrip - pilot safe.

Burial details:

W/O. Aleksander Wróblewski. Polish War memorial, Northolt and the Memorial to missing airman in Warsaw Poland. No further details available.

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

KTY 14.11.2018

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', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), 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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