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306 Squadron Crest
14.08.1941 No. 306 Squadron Spitfire IIb P8473 UZ-P P/O. Wiesław Choms

Operation: Circus 73

Date: 14th August 1941 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 306 Squadron (PAF)

Type: Spitfire IIb

Serial: P8473

Code: UZ-P

Base: RAF Northolt

Location: St. Omer, France.

Pilot: P/O. Wiesław Choms P-0398 PAF Age 28. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

During a Circus in the afternoon of the 14th the squadron were attacked by units of JG26.

Spitfire P8473 is understood to have come down in the St. Omer area. The squadron lost 2 others on this operation:

Sq/Ldr. Kerzy Zaremba flying Spitfire P8466 UZ-Z and Sgt. Stanisław Zięba who crash landed his Spitfire P8462 UZ-M, critically injured, he died later on the 23rd August despite receiving treatment in a German hospital.

Burial details:

P/O. Wiesław Choms. Dunkirk Town Cemetery (Although according to his records, this is where he is buried we are unable to find any further details) Born on 25th February 1913 at Petersburg, Russia.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Polish Data Base. Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses' Vol. 1-3. Krzystka List.

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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