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15.09.1940 No. 303 Squadron (PAF) Hurricane I P3577 Sgt. Brzezowski loss

Operation: Patrol

Date: 15th September 1940 (Sunday)

Unit: No. 303 Squadron (PAF)

Type: Hurricane I

Serial: P3577

Code: RF-E

Base: RAF Northolt

Location: Gravesend, Kent

Pilot: Sgt. Michal Brzezowski K.W. P-5122 PAF Age 20. Missing


Patrol to intercept Luftwaffe bombers when at 15.05 hrs. entered into combat with Bf 109s over the Thames Estuary off Gravesend and was shot down.

Left:  Sgt. Michal Brzezowski K.W. (courtesy Gretzyngier, Matusiak, Wójcik  and Zieliński)

Body not recovered and aircraft lost.

In 1936, he joined the Aviation School as a juvenile. Completed pilot training in 1939. The first assignment was with 151 Fighter Squadron. He took part in the fighting during the German invasion in September 1939, escaping to France via Romania. Joined 303 Squadron from 5 OTU and on 11th September took part in his first operation.

Burial Details:

Sgt. Michal Brzezowski K.W. Commemorated on Polish Air Force Memorial, Northolt, Middlesex. Born 26 February 1920, Dawidgródku, near Stolin, Belarus.  Next of Kin details not available as yet.

Sqd. Ldr. Kellett, Commanding Officer 303 Squadron during the Battle of Britain wrote this in his Chronicle, kindly given to us by his daughter Louise Pemberton:

 “We fought together through the great offensive of 1940 and I then knew that the pilots of No. 303 Squadron were not only the best but would also see me through any troubles.  In the month of September, 303 Squadron was on top – no squadron from the Empire could equal the courage and skill of our pilots, no bombing could daunt our airmen.”  S/Ldr Ronald Kellett 303 Squadron Chronicles

Acknowledgments: Norman L.R. Franks "Fighter Command Losses" Vol. 1, Winston G. Ramsey - "Battle of Britain Then and Now". Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - "Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945".

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