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#Name*First NamesTitleRankRAF Equivalent RankService No.BornNationalityRoleAwardsAir ForceCommandUnitDateofIncident *See NoteAircraftTypeSerialCodeVictories (Fighters)BaseTimeMission                        Incident                        FateCommemoratedPhoto (Click to Expand)Referring Database                        Notes                        Links/Archive Reports
1 Baranowski TadeuszSt. SierżantSergeant78044302.11.1914 Igal – HungaryPoland (born Hungary)PilotKrzyż Walecznych

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PAFFighter317Sqn Polish
1941-12-30SpitfireVbAD306Escort bombers attacking Gneisenau Scharnhorst at BrestShot downPoW emergency landing at Lanrivoaré. Died 18.02.2001 Bognor Regis, U.K.
Archiwum Polish DatabaseOperation Veracity: attack on Kriegsmarine cruisers Gneisenau and Scharnhorst at Brest. RAF Losses: Halifax V9979 coded TL-E of 35Sqn. He crashes at Posporder, shot down by the Flak. all 7 crew members are killed. Spitfire Mk.Vb AB854 of 234Sqn shot down by Leutnant Fritz Maly of 5./JG 2. The pilot, Sergeant R. W. Joyce, is captured after making an emergency landing at Plourin. Spitfire AD306 of 317Sqn, is shot down. The pilot, Sergeant T. Baranowski, was captured after making an emergency landing at Lanrivoaré. Spitfire W3945 of 306Sqn is shot down by a Messerschmitt Bf-109 fighter. The pilot, Flight Lieutenant Stanislaw Zielinski, is killed. The results of the bombardments are insignificant, at least for the cruisers... But these frequent attacks will lead Hitler to organize the 'Cerberus' operation, in order to repatriate the ships to Kiel. This will be done on February 11, 1942, by forcing the Strait of Pas-de-Calais.
2 FosterL J PPilot OfficerBomber Command35Sqn (Madras Presidency)
1941-12-30HalifaxIIV9979TL-ELinton on Ouse1125Attack on Gneisenau and Scharnhorst at BrestCrashed target areaKilledKerfautras
Operation Veracity: attack on Kriegsmarine cruisers Gneisenau and Scharnhorst at Brest. RAF Losses: Halifax V9979 coded TL-E of 35Sqn. He crashes at Posporder, shot down by the Flak. all 7 crew members are killed. Spitfire Mk.Vb AB854 of 234Sqn shot down by Leutnant Fritz Maly of 5./JG 2. The pilot, Sergeant R. W. Joyce, is captured after making an emergency landing at Plourin. Spitfire AD306 of 317Sqn, is shot down. The pilot, Sergeant T. Baranowski, was captured after making an emergency landing at Lanrivoaré. Spitfire W3945 of 306Sqn is shot down by a Messerschmitt Bf-109 fighter. The pilot, Flight Lieutenant Stanislaw Zieliński, is killed. The results of the bombardments are insignificant, at least for the cruisers... But these frequent attacks will lead Hitler to organize the 'Cerberus' operation, in order to repatriate the ships to Kiel. This will be done on February 11, 1942, by forcing the Strait of Pas-de-Calais.
3 FrewR A FPilot OfficerBomber Command35Sqn (Madras Presidency)
1941-12-30HalifaxIIV9979TL-ELinton on Ouse1125Attack on Gneisenau and Scharnhorst at BrestCrashed target areaKilledKerfautras
Operation Veracity: attack on Kriegsmarine cruisers Gneisenau and Scharnhorst at Brest. RAF Losses: Halifax V9979 coded TL-E of 35Sqn. He crashes at Posporder, shot down by the Flak. all 7 crew members are killed. Spitfire Mk.Vb AB854 of 234Sqn shot down by Leutnant Fritz Maly of 5./JG 2. The pilot, Sergeant R. W. Joyce, is captured after making an emergency landing at Plourin. Spitfire AD306 of 317Sqn, is shot down. The pilot, Sergeant T. Baranowski, was captured after making an emergency landing at Lanrivoaré. Spitfire W3945 of 306Sqn is shot down by a Messerschmitt Bf-109 fighter. The pilot, Flight Lieutenant Stanislaw Zieliński, is killed. The results of the bombardments are insignificant, at least for the cruisers... But these frequent attacks will lead Hitler to organize the 'Cerberus' operation, in order to repatriate the ships to Kiel. This will be done on February 11, 1942, by forcing the Strait of Pas-de-Calais.
4 GreenwoodA SSergeantBomber Command35Sqn (Madras Presidency)
1941-12-30HalifaxIIV9979TL-ELinton on Ouse1125Attack on Gneisenau and Scharnhorst at BrestCrashed target areaKilledKerfautras
Operation Veracity: attack on Kriegsmarine cruisers Gneisenau and Scharnhorst at Brest. RAF Losses: Halifax V9979 coded TL-E of 35Sqn. He crashes at Posporder, shot down by the Flak. all 7 crew members are killed. Spitfire Mk.Vb AB854 of 234Sqn shot down by Leutnant Fritz Maly of 5./JG 2. The pilot, Sergeant R. W. Joyce, is captured after making an emergency landing at Plourin. Spitfire AD306 of 317Sqn, is shot down. The pilot, Sergeant T. Baranowski, was captured after making an emergency landing at Lanrivoaré. Spitfire W3945 of 306Sqn is shot down by a Messerschmitt Bf-109 fighter. The pilot, Flight Lieutenant Stanislaw Zieliński, is killed. The results of the bombardments are insignificant, at least for the cruisers... But these frequent attacks will lead Hitler to organize the 'Cerberus' operation, in order to repatriate the ships to Kiel. This will be done on February 11, 1942, by forcing the Strait of Pas-de-Calais.
5 JoyceR WSergeantPilotFighter234Sqn
1941-12-30SpitfireVbAB854Escort bombers attavcking Gneisenau Scharnhorst st BrestShot down by Lt Fritz Maly of 5./JG.2PoW after emergency landing at Plourin Operation Veracity: attack on Kriegsmarine cruisers Gneisenau and Scharnhorst at Brest. RAF Losses: Halifax V9979 coded TL-E of 35Sqn. He crashes at Posporder, shot down by the Flak. all 7 crew members are killed. Spitfire Mk.Vb AB854 of 234Sqn shot down by Leutnant Fritz Maly of 5./JG 2. The pilot, Sergeant R. W. Joyce, is captured after making an emergency landing at Plourin. Spitfire AD306 of 317Sqn, is shot down. The pilot, Sergeant T. Baranowski, was captured after making an emergency landing at Lanrivoaré. Spitfire W3945 of 306Sqn is shot down by a Messerschmitt Bf-109 fighter. The pilot, Flight Lieutenant Stanislaw Zieliński, is killed. The results of the bombardments are insignificant, at least for the cruisers... But these frequent attacks will lead Hitler to organize the 'Cerberus' operation, in order to repatriate the ships to Kiel. This will be done on February 11, 1942, by forcing the Strait of Pas-de-Calais.
6 KiplingM GSergeantBomber Command35Sqn (Madras Presidency)
1941-12-30HalifaxIIV9979TL-ELinton on Ouse1125Attack on Gneisenau and Scharnhorst at BrestCrashed target areaKilledKerfautras
Operation Veracity: attack on Kriegsmarine cruisers Gneisenau and Scharnhorst at Brest. RAF Losses: Halifax V9979 coded TL-E of 35Sqn. He crashes at Posporder, shot down by the Flak. all 7 crew members are killed. Spitfire Mk.Vb AB854 of 234Sqn shot down by Leutnant Fritz Maly of 5./JG 2. The pilot, Sergeant R. W. Joyce, is captured after making an emergency landing at Plourin. Spitfire AD306 of 317Sqn, is shot down. The pilot, Sergeant T. Baranowski, was captured after making an emergency landing at Lanrivoaré. Spitfire W3945 of 306Sqn is shot down by a Messerschmitt Bf-109 fighter. The pilot, Flight Lieutenant Stanislaw Zieliński, is killed. The results of the bombardments are insignificant, at least for the cruisers... But these frequent attacks will lead Hitler to organize the 'Cerberus' operation, in order to repatriate the ships to Kiel. This will be done on February 11, 1942, by forcing the Strait of Pas-de-Calais.
7 MaflinP C GSergeantBomber Command35Sqn (Madras Presidency)
1941-12-30HalifaxIIV9979TL-ELinton on Ouse1125Attack on Gneisenau and Scharnhorst at BrestCrashed target areaKilledKerfautras
Operation Veracity: attack on Kriegsmarine cruisers Gneisenau and Scharnhorst at Brest. RAF Losses: Halifax V9979 coded TL-E of 35Sqn. He crashes at Posporder, shot down by the Flak. all 7 crew members are killed. Spitfire Mk.Vb AB854 of 234Sqn shot down by Leutnant Fritz Maly of 5./JG 2. The pilot, Sergeant R. W. Joyce, is captured after making an emergency landing at Plourin. Spitfire AD306 of 317Sqn, is shot down. The pilot, Sergeant T. Baranowski, was captured after making an emergency landing at Lanrivoaré. Spitfire W3945 of 306Sqn is shot down by a Messerschmitt Bf-109 fighter. The pilot, Flight Lieutenant Stanislaw Zieliński, is killed. The results of the bombardments are insignificant, at least for the cruisers... But these frequent attacks will lead Hitler to organize the 'Cerberus' operation, in order to repatriate the ships to Kiel. This will be done on February 11, 1942, by forcing the Strait of Pas-de-Calais.
8 MiddletonS ASquadron LeaderDFC

Bomber Command35Sqn (Madras Presidency)
1941-12-30HalifaxIIV9979TL-ELinton on Ouse1125Attack on Gneisenau and Scharnhorst at BrestCrashed target areaKilledKerfautras
Operation Veracity: attack on Kriegsmarine cruisers Gneisenau and Scharnhorst at Brest. RAF Losses: Halifax V9979 coded TL-E of 35Sqn. He crashes at Posporder, shot down by the Flak. all 7 crew members are killed. Spitfire Mk.Vb AB854 of 234Sqn shot down by Leutnant Fritz Maly of 5./JG 2. The pilot, Sergeant R. W. Joyce, is captured after making an emergency landing at Plourin. Spitfire AD306 of 317Sqn, is shot down. The pilot, Sergeant T. Baranowski, was captured after making an emergency landing at Lanrivoaré. Spitfire W3945 of 306Sqn is shot down by a Messerschmitt Bf-109 fighter. The pilot, Flight Lieutenant Stanislaw Zieliński, is killed. The results of the bombardments are insignificant, at least for the cruisers... But these frequent attacks will lead Hitler to organize the 'Cerberus' operation, in order to repatriate the ships to Kiel. This will be done on February 11, 1942, by forcing the Strait of Pas-de-Calais.
9 OrtonJ ASergeantBomber Command35Sqn (Madras Presidency)
1941-12-30HalifaxIIV9979TL-ELinton on Ouse1125Attack on Gneisenau and Scharnhorst at BrestCrashed target areaKilledKerfautras
Operation Veracity: attack on Kriegsmarine cruisers Gneisenau and Scharnhorst at Brest. RAF Losses: Halifax V9979 coded TL-E of 35Sqn. He crashes at Posporder, shot down by the Flak. all 7 crew members are killed. Spitfire Mk.Vb AB854 of 234Sqn shot down by Leutnant Fritz Maly of 5./JG 2. The pilot, Sergeant R. W. Joyce, is captured after making an emergency landing at Plourin. Spitfire AD306 of 317Sqn, is shot down. The pilot, Sergeant T. Baranowski, was captured after making an emergency landing at Lanrivoaré. Spitfire W3945 of 306Sqn is shot down by a Messerschmitt Bf-109 fighter. The pilot, Flight Lieutenant Stanislaw Zieliński, is killed. The results of the bombardments are insignificant, at least for the cruisers... But these frequent attacks will lead Hitler to organize the 'Cerberus' operation, in order to repatriate the ships to Kiel. This will be done on February 11, 1942, by forcing the Strait of Pas-de-Calais.
10 ZielińskiStanisław WładysławKapitan PilotFlight LieutenantP.0817Born on 15th October 1905 in Skępe, Lipno, Poland (Age 36 when killed)PolandPilotVirtuti Militari

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PAFFighter Command306Sqn (Polish)
1941-12-30Supermarine SpitfireW3945UZ-CRAF Church StantonBrest. Location : . 306 Squadron 26 August 1940Missing, believed Killed in Action on Operational Flight. Operation Veracity: attack on Kriegsmarine cruisers Gneisenau and Scharnhorst at Brest. RAF Losses: Halifax V9979 coded TL-E of 35Sqn. He crashes at Posporder, shot down by the Flak. all 7 crew members are killed. Spitfire Mk.Vb AB854 of 234Sqn shot down by Leutnant Fritz Maly of 5./JG 2. The pilot, Sergeant R. W. Joyce, is captured after making an emergency landing at Plourin. Spitfire AD306 of 317Sqn, is shot down. The pilot, Sergeant T. Baranowski, was captured after making an emergency landing at Lanrivoaré. Spitfire W3945 of 306Sqn is shot down by a Messerschmitt Bf-109 fighter. The pilot, Flight Lieutenant Stanisław Zieliński, is killed. The results of the bombardments are insignificant, at least for the cruisers... But these frequent attacks will lead Hitler to organize the 'Cerberus' operation, in order to repatriate the ships to Kiel. This will be done on February 11, 1942, by forcing the Strait of Pas-de-Calais.


ORB for 1941-12-30
PAF Memorial, Northolt,


Polish Memorial Northolt UK
Archiwum Polish DatabaseOperation Veracity: attack on Kriegsmarine cruisers Gneisenau and Scharnhorst at Brest. RAF Losses: Halifax V9979 coded TL-E of 35Sqn. He crashes at Posporder, shot down by the Flak. all 7 crew members are killed. Spitfire Mk.Vb AB854 of 234Sqn shot down by Leutnant Fritz Maly of 5./JG 2. The pilot, Sergeant R. W. Joyce, is captured after making an emergency landing at Plourin. Spitfire AD306 of 317Sqn, is shot down. The pilot, Sergeant T. Baranowski, was captured after making an emergency landing at Lanrivoaré. Spitfire W3945 of 306Sqn is shot down by a Messerschmitt Bf-109 fighter. The pilot, Flight Lieutenant Stanislaw Zieliński, is killed. The results of the bombardments are insignificant, at least for the cruisers... But these frequent attacks will lead Hitler to organize the 'Cerberus' operation, in order to repatriate the ships to Kiel. This will be done on February 11, 1942, by forcing the Strait of Pas-de-Calais.

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