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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


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

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