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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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72 Squadron Crest
10.07.1941 No. 72 Squadron Spitfire Vb W3411 F/O. Godlewski

Operation: Circus 42

Date: 10th July 1941 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 72 Squadron (motto: 'Swift')

Type: Spitfire Vb

Serial: W3411

Code: RN-?

Base: RAF Gravesend, Kent

Location: English Channel off France

Pilot: F/O. Jerzy Marian Tadeusz Godlewski P-0597 PAF Age 24. Missing - believed killed


During a Circus (escorting Bomber Command) on an operation to Saint-Omer heavy opposition was encountered with Me109s.

Three were lost from the Squadron - all missing believed killed. Probably coming down in the English Channel.

The others:

Sgt. Charles Leslie Harrison 936721 RAFVR Age 23. Flying Spitfire Vb P8604 RN-L (Jamshedpur Golmari - presentation Spitfire)
Sgt. Allan James Casey 748049 RAFVR Age 33. Flying Spitfire Vb P8600 (Lady Linlithgow - presentation Spitfire)

Burial details:

F/O. Jerzy Marian Tadeusz Godlewski. Polish War Memorial. Born 17th October 1916 at Lwów, Ukraine. No further details - are you able to assist?

Sgt. Charles Leslie Harrison. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 44. Son of Wilkes and Edith Harrison, of Otley, Yorkshire, England.

Sgt. Allan James Casey, Runnymede Memorial. Panel 41. Son of William Casey, and of Elizabeth Maud Casey, of Hull, Yorkshire, England.

For further details our thanks to the following sources shown below.

KTY 07.02.2019

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