14.08.1940 No. 306 Squadron Spitfire IIb P8462 UZ-M Sgt. Stanisław Zięba
Operation: Circus 73
Date: 14th August 1941 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 306 Squadron (Polish)
Type: Spitfire IIb
Base: RAF Northolt
Location: Belle-Houllefort, France
Pilot: Sgt. Stanisław Zięba 782463 (P) PAF Age 22. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
During a Circus in the afternoon, shot down by units from JG26 - a terrible day for the squadron. 32 year old, Sq/Ldr. Jerzy Zaremba P-0723 PAF along with 28 year old, P/O. Wiesław Choms P-0398 also lost this day. 308 (P) Squadron also lost 26 year old, F/O. Jan Bernard Kremski P-1531, same operation, different loss area.
Despite treatment from the Germans at the Hardinghen Kriegsmarine Hospital he sadly died from his injuries on Saturday, 23rd August 1940.
Mr. Jean Pierre Duriez was permitted to visit the Hardinghen Kriegsmarine Hospital and take photographs as shown above.
Sgt. Stanisław Zięba. Hardinghen Churchyard. Mil. Plot. Grave 3. Born on February 16th 1919 in Kożuchów, Poland. The son of Konstanty and Stanislawa of Papużyńskiej. Graduated SPLdM in 1939 as a pilot. Participated in the 1939 campaign as a pilot with 123 EM Pursuit Brigade. After the 1939 campaign, he escaped to France. Arrived into the UK after the fall of France in June 1940 - joining 58 OTU in Grangemouth, Scotland for further RAF training.
Researched by Mr. Jean Pierre Duriez with comprehesive photographs/documents also supplied by Jean Pierre - dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to further sources as quoted below. Any relative of the pilot requiring copies of these photographs/documents are invited to contact us - researcher Mr. Jean Pierre Duriez would also like to hear from you.