08.05.1941 No 302 Squadron Hurricane IIb Z3095 WX-N Fl/Lt. Kinel
Date: 08th May 1941 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 302 Squadron (Polish)
Type: Hurricane IIb
Base: R.A.F. Kenley, London
Location: No location available, over Kent, England.
Pilot: Fl/Lt. Zygmunt Jan Kinel P-0172 P.A.F. Age 28. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Scrambled from R.A.F. Kenley to intercept Bf109’s located over Maidstone at around noon.
They engaged the Bf109’s out of the cloud and from above between Ashford and Tenterden. Fl/Lt. Kinel shot one down as did P/O. Krol and Sgt. Nowakiewicz. Sgt. Rytka also claimed a probable.
However shortly afterwards Fl/Lt. Kinel was shot down whilst returning to Kenley and killed. Two others from 302 Squadron were also shot down:
Sq/Ldr. Laguna in Z3435 (killed the following month when his aircraft was hit by A-A fire)
Sgt. Domagala, both surviving this encounter.
Left: Fl/Lt. Zygmunt Jan Kinel
Above and left: Northwood Cemetery as visited by Aircrew Remembered in May 2013. Any relative/friend who would like a high resolution copy of the grave we would be happy to supply one free of charge
Fl/Lt. Zygmunt Jan Kinel. Northwood Cemetery. Sec. H. Grave 291. N.o.K. details not currently available. Born 14 July 1912. Trained at No.5 O.T.U., served with 607 Squadron 29th October 1940, joining 302 Squadron on the 17th March 1941.
Researched for relatives of the pilot. With thanks to the following for further information supplied, Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński – ‘Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945’, Norman L.R. Franks ‘Fighter Command Losses’ Vol. 1. Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek – ‘Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii’, Jerzy Bogdan Cynk – ‘The Polish Airforce At War’ Vol’s 1 and 2.