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16.01.1941 No. 32 Squadron Hurricane I P2984 GZ-H F/O. Falkowski

Operation: Night Patrol

Date: 16th January 1941 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 32 Squadron

Type: Hurricane I

Serial: P2984

Code GZ-H

Base: RAF Middle Wallop,

Location: Hayling Island, Portsmouth, England

Pilot: F/O. Jan Pawel Falkowski P-0493 PAF Survived - injured.


During a night patrol engaged in combat with He 111 over Portsmouth, pilot baled out and broke his leg on hitting the ground. F/O. Falkowski went on to become a Wing Commander and survived the war. Fg.Off. Falkowski was Count Jan Pawel Falkowski. No further details and invite information from others.

315 Squadron pilots in front of Spitfire VB W3896 PK-F. From left: F/O. Jan Falkowski, P/O. Francis Kornicki, Sgt. Stanislaw block, Sgt. Alexander Chudek, Sgt. Mieczyslaw Matus, Sgt. Czeslaw Marona (mechanic), P/O. Zygmunt Drybański. Northolt, October 1941. (Francis Kórniki collection)

Burial Details:

Later as a W/Cdr. Jan Paweł Falkowski. Survived the war. Born on the 26th June 1912 in Pohulanka, Poland. Died on the 27th July 2001 in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. VM. V Kl. DFC. Also served in 315 and 303 Squadrons.

Researched for relatives of the pilot with thanks to Peter SIkora further information. Thanks to VisCount Jan Falkowski 3rd for the information that his Grandfather Fg.Off. Falkowski was Count Jan Pawel Falkowski

RS 05.08.2019 - Additional detail for Fg.Off. Falkowski

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