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316 squadron
11.04.1945 No. 316 Squadron Mustang III HB878 SZ-K Fl/Sgt. Z. Bockowski

Operation: Training.

Date: 11th April 1945 (Wednesday)

Unit: No. 316 Squadron (Polish)

Type: Mustang P51D III

Serial: HB878

Code: SZ-K

Base: RAF Andrews Field, Essex

Location: At base - RAF Andrews Field, Essex.

Pilot: Fl/Sgt Zygmunt Boćkowski 703897 PAF Age 22. Killed

We have noticed many visits via Facebook recently - if you are able to assist with further information photographs we would very much like to hear from you. The husband of my mother, Alex Pietrzak (killed August 1945) served with him at RAF Andrews Field.

Zauważyliśmy, wiele razy przez Facebook niedawno - jeśli jesteś w stanie pomóc Więcej informacji zdjęciami będziemy bardzo chciałbym usłyszeć od ciebie.Mąż mojej matki, Alex Pietrzak (zabity sierpnia 1945) służył w RAF z Nim Andrews Field.


Returning from Brussels on final approach to RAF Andrews Field he collided with Mustang III flown by F/O. Stefan Belza with both pilots losing their lives.


Burial Details:

Fl/Sgt Zygmunt Boćkowski. Epping Cemetery. Row Z. Grave 8. Next of kin details not currently available. Born 5th September 1922 in Sokółka, Poland. 

Left: his grave, as visited by Aircrew Remembered 2014 - high resolution copy available free of charge to relatives.

Researched for relatives of the pilot with thanks to the following for further information, 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', Aircrew Remembered own archives.

Was  this his funeral? Alex Pietrzak leading the cortège.

KTY 04.07.2015 Appeal placed.

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