26.01.1942 No. 302 Squadron Spitfire Vb AA747 Fl/Lt. Kosinski K.W. and bar. V.M.
Operation: Shipping Recce
Date: 26th January 1942 (Monday)
Unit: No. 302 Squadron (Polish)
Type: Spitfire Vb
Base: R.A.F. Harrowbeer, Yelverton, Devon
Location: English Channel off Rame Head, Cornwall, England
Pilot: Fl/Lt. Bronisław Kazimierz Kosiński K.W. and bar. V.M. P-0298 P.A.F. Age 35. Missing
REASON FOR LOSS:
A patrol of four Spitfires left R.A.F. Harrowbeer on a shipping recce over Brest. During their return they were attacked by fighters from JG2. Both Fl/Lt. Kosiński and F/O. Zdzislaw Bednarski (1) were shot down by the Luftwaffe ace, Oblt. Erich Leie at about midday. Neither bodies were recovered.
Rame Head, Cornwall
(1) 26 year old, F/O. P-0565 Zdzislaw Bednarski (shown left) was flying Spitfire Vb W3844 WZ-D.
Fl/Lt. Bronisław Kazimierz Kosińsk. K.W. and bar. V.M. Commemorated on the Polish Memorial at Northolt and also the Warsaw Memorial. N.o.K. Details not currently available, born on 26th August 1906. Joined 302 Squadron in December 1940 – ‘Battle of Britain’ pilot. Previously served with 307, 32, 308 and 72 Squadrons.
Researched for relatives of the pilot with thanks to the following for further information, 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’, Aircrew Remembered own archives.