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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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Bomber Command Crest
27.09.1943 No. 18 OTU Wellington III BJ645 F/O. Góźdź

Operation: Training exercise

Date: 27th September 1943 (Monday)

Unit: No. 18 Operational Training Unit

Type: Wellington III

Serial: BJ645

Code: Not issued

Base: RAF Finningley

Location: Everton, Nottinghamshire

Pilot: F/O. Czesław Góźdź P-1599 / 783455 PAF Age 24. Killed

Pilot U/T: Stefan Jerzy Majewski 783846 PAF Age 24. Killed

Obs: Sgt. Stanisław Łukasz Piórek 703858 PAF Age 29. Seriously injured

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Edmund Formaniewicz 783556 PAF Age 26. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Jan Duchaczek 704723 PAF Age 24. Slightly injured


Taking off on a training exercise to carry out feathering procedures.

During the flight the instructor ordered the pilot under training to feather the port airscrew - this he did but almost immediately the starboard engine failed.

This caused the Wellington to go into a steep dive during which it is understood that the instructor lost control attempting to restart the port engine.

The aircraft crashed at Everton at 16:05 hrs. Sgt. Piórek succumbed to his injuries the following day whilst the rear gunner, Sgt. Duchaczek suffered slight injuries. Sadly he was killed the following year whilst with 300 Squadron. Lancaster DV282 was shot down by a nightfighter on the 13th June 1944 killing all eight crew.

Burial details:

F/O. Czesław Góźdź. Newark-Upon-Trent Cemetery. Section K Grave 319. Born on the 02nd May 1919 at Kłosowice, Międzychód, Poland.

Sgt. Stefan Jerzy Majewski. Newark-Upon-Trent Cemetery. Section L Grave 319. Born on the 14th July 1919 at Olszówka, Pińczów, Poland.

Sgt. Stanisław Łukasz Piórek. Newark-Upon-Trent Cemetery. Section M Grave 319. Born on the 24th February 1914 at Laskowa, Limanowa, Poland.

Fl/Sgt. Edmund Formaniewicz. Newark-Upon-Trent Cemetery. Section N Grave 319. Born on the 03rd October 1916 at Bottrop, Germany.


Sgt. Jan Duchaczek. Breda Polish Military Cemetery, Netherlands. Born on the 15th June 1918 at Nagórzany, Ukraine.

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

KTY 21.08.2019

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