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Bomber Command
21.11.1944 No. 1662 HCU Halifax V LL126 F/O. Jerzy S. Kisielewicz

Operation: Training

Date: 21st November 1944 (Tuesday)

Unit: No. 1662 HCU (Heavy Conversion Unit)

Type: Halifax V

Serial: LL126

Base: RAF Blyton, Lincolnshire.

Location: Long Ashton, Bristol

Pilot: F/O. Jerzy Szymon Kisielewicz P-1989 PAF Age 33. Killed

Fl/Eng: Fl/Sgt. Witold Wacław Ruciński 792655 PAF Age 23. Killed

Nav: P/O. Jan Tadeusz Małkowski P-2852 PAF Age 26. Killed

Air/Bmr: Sgt. Jan Sylweriusz Radoński 704017 PAF Age 27. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Franciszek Kruszczak 705020 PAF Age 32. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Stanisław Jurka 706472 PAF Age 30. Killed

Air/Gnr: Sgt. Stanisław Jaguszczak 706780 PAF Age 30. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

The Halifax took off from RAF Blyton, Lincolnshire at 15:50 hrs on a night cross-country fanned practice bombing flight.

Little information is available as to why at approximately 19:30 hrs local people noticed LL126 at a height of between 10,000 and 12,000 ft turning before diving steeply.

They also noticed that the crew were struggling to keep the aircraft on a course away from the village buildings. The aircraft eventually crashed into a field 200 yards from the village church at Long Ashton. Locals tried to assist in a rescue of the crew but the huge fires prevented success although the body of the pilot was removed from the cockpit at the time.

Severnside Aviation Society erected a plaque on the wall of the church in 1984. The local village hold a memorial service every time November 21st is on a Sunday - this one shown above held in 2010.

Burial details:

F/O. Jerzy Szymon Kisielewicz. Newark Polish Cemetery. Section M Grave 327. Born 28th October 1911 - Zduńska Wola, Poland.

Fl/Sgt. Witold Wacław Ruciński. Newark Polish Cemetery. Section K. Grave 326a. Born 18th November 1921 - Kowel, Poland (now Ukraine).

P/O. Jan Tadeusz Małkowski. Newark Polish Cemetery. Section M. Grave 326a. Born 08th March 1918 - Kraków, Poland.

Sgt. Jan Sylweriusz Radoński. Newark Polish Cemetery. Section J. Grave 326 A . Born 20th June 1917 - Warszawa, Poland.

Sgt. Franciszek Kruszczak. Newark Polish Cemetery. Section L. Grave 327. Born 01st December 1911 - Buer, Germany.

Sgt. Stanisław Jurka. Newark Polish Cemetery. Section K. Grave 327. Born 18th April 1914 - Radosz, Poland.

Sgt. Stanisław Jaguszczak. Newark Polish Cemetery. Section L. Grave 326a. Born 29th November 1913 - Krowinka, Poland. (now Ukraine)

Researched for all the relatives of the crew.

KTY 22.07.2015 Map added

KTY 26.12.2020 Unit number updated

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', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', 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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