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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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315 Squadron Crest
09.08.1941 No. 315 Squadron Spitfire IIb P8696 PK-H Sgt. Andrzej Niewiara

Operation: Circus 69

Date: 9th August 1941 (Saturday)

Unit: No. 315 Squadron (PAF)

Type: Spitfire IIb

Serial: P8696 (Dilwar/New Delhi)

Code: PK-H

Base: RAF Northolt

Location: Boulogne-Sur-Mer, France

Pilot: Sgt. Andrzej Niewiara 782860 PAF Age 23. Killed


10 aircraft from the squadron took of at 17:30 hrs on a Circus 69 operation (Cap Gris Nez / Saint Omer /Gravelines). Understood to have been shot down by Me109 of JG2.

315 Squadron lost another two aircraft this day:

Spitfire IIa P8506 PK-B. Flown by F/O. Jerzy Michal Czerniak P-1283 - missing.
Spitfire Vb P8670 PK-S. Flown by P/O. E. Fiedorczuk safe after crash landing in Suffolk, England.

note: W/Cdr. Douglas Bader DSO. DFC. was also one of the 11 aircraft lost on this day. 3 Pilots taken PoW, 1 Evading capture, 1 Safe with 6 others killed.

Burial details:

Sgt. Andrzej Niewiara. Boulogne-Sur-Mer Cemetery, France. Grave 11.A.280. Born 10th November 1917. From Jelcza, Miechów, Poland.

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