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
Base: RAF Tangmere, West Sussex.
Location: English Channel off France
Pilot: W/O. 'Ligoticky' Josef Dygryn DFM. 787678 RAFVR Age 24. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
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
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.