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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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303 Squadron Crest
303 Squadron Spitfire LF.Vb EN836 RF-T Fl/Sgt. Zenon S.T. Bartkowiak

Operation: Ramrod 909

Date: 22nd May 1944 (Monday)

Unit: No. 303 (Polish) Squadron 

Type: Spitfire LF.Vb

Serial: EN836

Code: RF-T

Base: RAF Horne, Surrey

Location: Camblain Chatelain, France

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Zenon Stefan Teofil Bartkowiak 781307 PAF Age 23. Evaded

Page of remembrance prepared with the help of his son, Jan Bartkowiak - March 2015


Taking off during the early evening from the advanced landing ground at RAF Horne in Surrey on Ramrod 909 operation (escorting bombers) 11 aircraft from 303, 12 from 130, together with 13 from the Canadian 402 Squadrons.

As they approached the target his Spitfire was hit by the intense ack-ack fire and he was forced to bale out. The full story of this, his early and later years can be read by following the link as shown below.

Above, RAF Northolt late 1943 L-R: Jenik, Majewski, Bartkowiak, Gorzenski and unknown (courtesy Jan Bartkowiak)

Left, the full story of Fl/Sgt. Bartkowiak - click on book cover or here.

Burial details:

None, Fl/Sgt. Bartkowiak evaded capture and rejoined his unit within months. Born on Monday 21st November 1921 in Pleszew, Poland. Died in France, 7th February 2002, age 81, in Auchel, France where he and his wife lived - for more, read his story.

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