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58 OTU
24.11.1941 No. 58 O.T.U. Spitfire X4859 Sgt. Lukomski

Operation: Training

Date: 24th November 1941 (Monday)

Unit: No. 58 O.T.U.

Type: Spitfire I

Serial: X4859

Base: RAF Grangemouth, Scotland

Location: Avondale Estate, Polmont, Scotland.

Pilot: Sgt Eugeniusz Tadeusz Lukomski 784481 PAF Age 23. Killed


Sgt. Lukomski, while engaged in a flying formation exercise, broke formation prior to landing and was seen from the ground to enter a wisp of cloud, on coming out of the cloud he started spinning but did not have sufficient height to recover. Two Batmen from Avondale Estate, Polmont extricated the pilot from the aircraft, he was unconscious but died shortly after being admitted to R.AF. Sick Quarters, Polmont.

He is shortly to remembered by a replica Spitfire painted in 303 Squadron colours but with his aircraft markings to be placed at the beautiful wall memorial in Grangemouth. This has been the work of 1333 Squadron (Grangemouth) ATC Cadets and staff.

They are appealing for any donations for this and we are happy to place contributors in contact with the squadron. Aircrew Remembered have been invited and hope to be attending the unveiling in 2013, we will also keep you updated in our latest news section.

The funeral of Eugeniusz - courtesy of Kerry Hart in Australia
Burial Details:

Sgt Eugeniusz Tadeusz Lukomski. Grandsable Cemetery, Grangemouth, Scotland. Section 1. Grave 22. Born 13th February 1918 in Lodz, Poland.

With thanks to The Grangemouth Air Cadets and the Grangemouth Spitfire Memorial Trust who provided me with so much information and assistance during my visit, also to Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945'

Please note: he shares the grave with 25 year old Sgt. Edward Szumski P-780964 who was killed 2 days previously along with Sgt. Zygmunt Stefan Domiter, aged just 24 P-781259. in Miles Master I T8782 on instrument practice when the aircraft dived at a steep angle into the ground. Sgt. Domiter was taken to Layton, Blackpool for burial.

Any relative who would like a full size photograph of the grave we would be very happy to email them to you free of charge.
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