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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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303 Squadron Crest
27.04.1942 No. 303 Squadron Spitfire VB AA940 RF-E Fl/Lt. Kołodyński

Operation: Circus 143 - Ostend.

Date: 27th April 1942 (Monday)

Unit: No. 303 Squadron

Type: Spitfire Vb

Serial: AA940

Coded: RF-E

Location: Near Lille, France

Pilot: Fl/Lt. Stefan Michał Kołodyński 76637 PAF PoW. Stalag Luft Sagan


Shot down over France by Hptm Joachim Muncheberg, II/JG26, his 73rd victory, his 2nd that day. At 14:10 hrs the RAF were detected south of Margate, the Geschwader scrambled again.

An attack on Ostend by six Bostons escorted and supported by eleven Spitfire squadrons was underway. One Boston lost to the Ostend flak.

Ten miles off Dunkirk, Hptm. Muncheberg and Oblt. Ebersberger shot down two Tangmere Wing Spitfires - one piloted by the Wing Commander 27 year old, Petrus Hendrik Hugo DFC) who was subsequently rescued. The other 26 year old, P/O. Marie Joseph Robert Larcher 120862 RAFVR from Mauritius who was sadly listed as missing - believed killed.

Fl/Lt. Kolodyński escorted away by German guards following combat. (courtesy Wojtek Matusiak)

Spitfire AA940 RF-E after capture of Fl/Lt. Kolodyński (courtesy Wojtek Matusiak)

Above: Hptm. Joachim Muncheberg

With thanks to Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - "Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945".

KTY Updated 02.08.2019

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