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303 Squadron Crest
24.06.1943 No. 303 Squadron Spitfire IX EN184 P/O. Karczmarz

Operation: Ramrod

Date: 24th June 1943 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 303 Squadron (Polish)

Type: Spitfire IX

Serial: EN184

Code: RF-?

Base: RAF Northolt

Location: Nieuwpoort, Belgium

Pilot: PO. Józef Paweł Karczmarz P-2066 / 780874 PAF Age 24. PoW No: 1718 Camp: Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria


During a Ramrod operation in the morning of the 24th June, engaged by Fw190s of JG26.

Two from the Squadron were shot down and taken PoW.

Spitfire EN184 built at Eastleigh and taken on strength with 303 Squadron on the 06th June 1943.

Above as described. Front row: Sgt. Hardy, F/O. Bronisław Kuzniar P-0759, P/O. Zygmunt Jelinski P-1644 / 782004, P/O. Hoben, Sq/Ldr. Hyde, F/O. Tigler-Wybrandi, F/O. Klink, F/O. Witold Domanski, P-0741 Sgt. Sayers.
Rear row: Sgt. Holbert, Sgt. Wood, Sgt. Józef Paweł Karczmarz P-2066 / 780874, Sgt. Arkadiusz Bondarczuk 793159, Sgt. Stanisław Eustachy Lucyszyn 783213, Sgt. Bonie, Sgt. Thompson, Sgt. Mildeau, Sgt. Evans.

Burial details:

None, both pilots survived the war as PoW.

PO. Józef Paweł Karczmarz. Born on the 18th May 1919 at Radzyń Podl, Poland. Passed away in 2001 in England.

P/O. Janusz Włodzimierz Kobyliński. Flying Spitfire IX LZ993. Born on the 05th November 1916 at Warsaw, Poland. PoW No: 1657. Stalag Luft Sagan and Belaria. Passed away on the 27th November 1986 in England.

For further details our thanks to the following sources:

KTY 04.02.2019

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