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04.06.1942 No. 1 Squadron Hurricane IIc Z3183 W/O. Dygryn

Operation: Night Intruder

Date: 4th June 1942 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 1 Squadron

Type: Hurricane IIc

Serial: Z3183

Base: RAF Tangmere, West Sussex.

Location: English Channel off France

Pilot: W/O. 'Ligoticky' Josef Dygryn DFM. 787678 RAFVR Age 24. Killed


Taking off at 01:05 hrs from RAF Tangmere on a night intruder operation over Evreux-Fauvill, France when it is understood that his Hurricane was hit by flak off the coast. His body was recovered in September later that year and due to the period in the water identification became very difficult. It was finally recognised as that of W/O. Dygryn as a pistol recovered with the body had been inscribed with his wires name.

W/O. Josef Dygryn was a decorated Battle of Britain pilot with 6 kills to his name and a further one shared with another pilot - 3 of these made on the same night of 11t May 1941. He (as did many aircrew who had left behind family in German occupied territories) used a 'nom de guerre' he used Ligoticky

Burial Details:

W/O. Josef Dygryn DFM. Westwell Burial Ground, Kent. Grave No. 243. Born on 6th March 1918 in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Husband of Doris Gwen Emily (née Reeves) who died just 5 months after the marriage of what is thought to have been T.B. His wife, a nurse at Hothfield Hospital in Ashford, Kent is buried nearby in an unmarked grave. He was finally laid to rest on the 14th September 1942.

Researched for relatives of the pilot. With thanks to the following for further information supplied Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses' Vol. 2. Thanks also to Kirsty Reeves who contacted us in June 2016 with corrected information.

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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