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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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RAF Crest
25.10.1941 No. 8 AACU Magister I T9831 Sgt. Bedkowski

Operation: Transit

Date: 25th October 1941 (Saturday)

Unit: No. 8 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit (AACU)

Type: Miles Magister I

Serial: T9831

Code: -

Base: RAF Pengam Moors, Cardiff, Wales

Location: Impens Farm, North Petherton, Somerset

Pilot: Sgt. Ryszard Bedkowski 793863 PAF Age 22. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Thomas Arthur Maslen 615059 RAFVR Age 25. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

No details of the operation they were on that day.

They flew into the ground at location shown, killing the pilot. Fl/Sgt. Maslen was seriously injured but died later in the day.


Burial details:

Sgt. Ryszard Bedkowski. Bridgwater Cemetery (Quantock Road). Sec. C. Grave 177. Born on the 13th September 1915 at Lublin, Poland. Next of kin details not available as yet.

Fl/Sgt. Thomas Arthur Maslen.Bath Cemetery (Haycombe). Plot 28. Section F. Row E. Son of Harry and Alice E. Maslen, of Odd Down, Bath, England. Grave inscription: 'In Loving Memory Of Our Dear Son Tom. Brother Of Phyllis, Bill And Syd'.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to sources as quoted below:

KTY 10.12.2019

Acknowledgements: 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', 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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