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27.05.1944 No. 3 Squadron Tempest V JN736 Fl/Lt. Zurakowski

Operation: Shipping Recce

Date: 27th May 1944 (Saturday)

Unit: No. 3 Squadron (motto: Tertius primus erit - The third shall be the first')

Type: Hawker Tempest V

Serial: JN736

Coce: JF-?

Base: RAF Newchurch

Location: English Channel off Dieppe, France

Pilot: Fl/Lt. Tadeusz Zurakowski P-1893 PAF Age 30. Missing

REASON FOR LOSS:

Believed to have been shot down by flak from Dieppe during a shipping recce over Gris Nez and Ostende in the afternoon of the 27th May. Neither the aircraft nor the body was recovered.


Above as described- taken on or about 27th May 1942
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Front row: Sgt. Seaman, Sgt. Stockton, Sgt. Emes, Sgt. Walker, Sgt. Roberts and Sgt Robinson - Centre row: Sgt. Sorge, Sgt. Jackson, Sgt. Tysowski, Sgt. Utterson, Sgt. Warr, Sgt. Waterhouse and Sgt. Smith A.W.

Rear row: Sgt. Ksiazczyk, Sgt. Brygider (killed 19.04.1944), Sgt. Calinsi (killed 20.05.1944), Sgt. Kraszewski, Sgt. Dabrowski (killed 14.06.1943), Sgt. Zurakowski, Sgt. Bartlomiejczyk, Sgt. Rembowski, Sgt. Nowoczyn and Sgt. Szymkowiak (killed 24.09.1944)

Burial Details:

Fl/Lt. Tadeusz Zurakowski. Commemorated on the Polish memorial at Northolt and Warsaw, Poland. From Warsaw. Poland. Born 4th June 1913. Next of kin details currently available. Also served with 315 Squadron (P)

Researched for relatives of the pilot with thanks to The Grangemouth Air Cadets and the Grangemouth Spitfire Memorial Trust who provided me with so much information and assistance during my visit, Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945'.

KTY Updated 09.02.2019

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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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