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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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26.06.1943 No. 316 Squadron Spitfire F.IX EN128 SZ-N Sgt. Grzywacz

Operation: Ramrod 108

Date: 26th June 1943 (Saturday)

Unit: No. 316 Squadron (Polish)

Type: Spitfire F.IX

Serial: EN128

Code: SZ-N

Base: R.A.F. Northolt, Middlesex.

Location: English Channel.

Pilot: Sgt. Feliks Grzywacz P-792079 P.A.F. Age 28. Missing.

REASON FOR LOSS:

During a Ramrod (see abbreviations) the Spitfire flown by Sgt. Grzywacz was seen to enter a dive at 30.000 ft and descend vertically with no apparent attempt to recover the aircraft hit the water at high speed. It is thought that oxygen failure was the contributing factor.

                    

                   

58 O.T.U. Course 28 A squadron: Front row: P/O. Innes. P/O. Savarit, P/O. Tronczynski, P/O. Boucher, P/O. Rozansk, P/O. Szarzynski – Back row: Sgt. Makowski, Sgt. Marquis, Sgt. Berezowski, Sgt. Hauser, Sgt. Grzywacz (20th October 1942)

Burial Details:

Sgt. Feliks Grzywacz. Commemorated on the Polish Memorial at Northolt and the Warsdaw Memorial in Poland. Born on the 17th November 1914. No N.o.K. details available as yet.

Researched for relatives of the pilot, with thanks for further information to the Grangemouth Air Cadets and the Grangemouth Spitfire Memorial Trust who provided me with so much information and assistance during my visit, Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński – ‘Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945’, Jerzy Bogdan Cynk – ‘The Polish Airforce At War’ Vol’s 1 and 2.

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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', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Stan D. Bishop, John A. Hey MBE, Gerrie Franken and Maco Cillessen - Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces, Vols 1-6, Dr. Theo E.W. Boiton - Nachtjagd Combat Archives, Vols 1-13. 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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