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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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19.09.1941 No. 14 SFTS Oxford L4590 P/O. Jerzy Zaleski

Operation: Training

Date: 19th September 1941 (Friday)

Unit: No. 14 SFTS (Service Flying Training School)

Type: Airspeed Oxford I

Serial: L4590

Code: Not known

Base: RAF Lyneham, Wiltshire

Location: Near Potterne, Wiltshire, England

Pilot: P/O. Jerzy Zaleski 783582 PAF Age 22. Killed

Pilot U/T: Sgt. Eugeniusz Rudolf Kajor 781286 PAF Age 21. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

During a training flight the aircraft flying at low level, hit high voltage power cables killing both the Polish crew members.

Not a great deal of information on this, but placed to highlight one of the many training accidents that occurred - with their deaths not remembered on most websites. If anyone has further information on this loss we would be interested to hear from them.

Grave photographs courtesy of Jacqueline Freegard, who has offered the high resolution copies of the graves free to any relative or other interested parties.

Burial details:

P/O. Jerzy Zaleski. St. Michael Church, Lynham. Born 01st April 1919. Next of kin details not available. Are you able to assist?

Sgt. Eugeniusz Rudolf Kajor. St. Michael Church, Lynham. Born 22nd April 1920. Next of kin details not available. Are you able to assist?

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of the crew with thanks to Jacqueline Freegard for grave photographs, Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945 for information.

KTY/JF 27.05.2016

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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