AR banner
Search Tips Advanced Search
Back to Top

• Kracker Archive
• Allied Losses
• Archiwum Polish
• Paradie Canadian
• Searchable Lists

Info LogoAdd to or correct this story with a few clicks.
Archive Report: Allied Forces

Compiled from official National Archive and Service sources, contemporary press reports, personal logbooks, diaries and correspondence, reference books, other sources, and interviews.
Check our Research databases: Database List


We seek additional information and photographs. Please contact us via the Helpdesk.

316 Squadron Crest
19.08.1943 No. 316 Squadron (P) Spitfire IX EN179 SZ-E F/O. Andrzej Próchnicki

Operation: Ramrod

Date: 19th August 1943 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 316 Squadron (Polish)

Type: Spitfire IX

Serial: EN179

Code: SZ-C

Base: RAF Northolt.

Location: Naours, Somme, France.

Pilot: F/O. Andrzej Feliks Michal Próchnicki 792702 (P-1647) PAF Age 26. Killed


During the morning of the 19th August the squadron were taking part in a ramrod operation over France. Intercepted by Fw190’s and shot down over Naours.

During the action F/O. Kaczmarek claimed 2 Fw190’s destroyed, Fl/Lt. Jeka 1 destroyed another as damaged, F/O. Wiza 1 probably destroyed, another as damaged, F/O. Kurylowicz 1 destroyed and F/O. Jaworowski 1 destroyed - all over the North Amiens area.

The memorial at the crash site in France (courtesy Luarent Taveau and Bernard Etamps)

Above Spitfire EN179 Prior to joining 316 Squadron. In August 2005 wreckage from the aircraft was recovered, we have no further details as to its current location.

Burial details:

F/O. Andrzej Feliks Michal Próchnicki. Initially buried in local cemetery in Naours. In 1950 exhumed and moved to the Polish Cemetery in Grainville-Langannerie, France. Grave II.AA.11. Born 18th October 1917 in Kijow, Ukraine. Next of kin details unavailable, can you assist?

Pages of Outstanding Interest
History Airborne Forces •  Soviet Night Witches •  Bomber Command Memories •  Abbreviations •  Gardening Codenames
CWGC: Your Relative's Grave Explained •  USA Flygirls •  Axis Awards Descriptions •  'Lack Of Moral Fibre'
Concept of Colonial Discrimination  •  Unauthorised First Long Range Mustang Attack
RAAF Bomb Aimer Evades with Maquis •  SOE Heroine Nancy Wake •  Fane: Motor Racing PRU Legend
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', Stan D. Bishop, John A. Hey MBE, Gerrie Franken and Maco Cillessen - Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces, Vols 1-6, Dr. Theo E.W. Boiton - Nachtjagd Combat Archives, Vols 1-13. 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.
Click any image to enlarge it

Click to add your info via ticket on Helpdesk •Click to let us know via ticket on Helpdesk• Click to buy research books from Amazon •Click to explore the entire site
If you would like to comment on this page, please do so via our Helpdesk. Use the Submit a Ticket option to send your comments. After review, our Editors will publish your comment below with your first name, but not your email address.

A word from the Editor: your contribution is important. We welcome your comments and information. Thanks in advance.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning we will remember them. - Laurence Binyon
All site material (except as noted elsewhere) is owned or managed by Aircrew Remembered and should not be used without prior permission.
© Aircrew Remembered 2012 - 2024
Last Modified: 21 April 2015, 10:25

Monitor Additions/Changes?Click to be informed of changes to this page. Create account for first monitor only, thereafter very fast. Click to close without creating monitor