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18.09.1944 No 307 Squadron Mosquito XII E HK194 EW-L Fl/Lt. Madej

Operation: Market Garden

Date: 18th September 1944 (Monday)

Unit: No. 307 (Polish) Squadron

Type: Mosquito XII

Serial: HK194

Code: EW-L

Base: RAF Church Fenton, North Yorkshire.

Location: Withcall Station, Withcall, Lincolnshire

Pilot: Fl/Lt. Stanisław Roman Madej P-1687 (782029) Polish Air Force Age 27. Killed

Nav: F/O. Józef Stanisław Gasecki P-2115 (782033) Polish Air Force Age 25. Killed

We are please to announce that an unveiling ceremony took place on Saturday the 17th September 2016 at 14:00hrs. The 307 Squadron Project had managed to contact some relatives who also attended.


Returning from Operation Market Garden (1) Mosquito HK228 also from 307 Squadron with the pilot 120469 Fl/Lt. William John Griffiths and his navigator Fl/Lt. George John Lane was hit from underneath by this Mosquito.

Flying at 400 metres HK194 crashed at Withcall Station, Withcall, Lincolnshire at 20:01 hrs. both Polish crew killed. The crew of the other Mosquito managed to continue to Sturgate, also in Lincolnshire, crash landed. The crew managed to get out of the aircraft before it exploded in flames.

Above L-R: Fl/Lt. Stanisław Roman Madej and F/O. Józef Stanisław Gasecki

Location of Mosquito crash at Withcall Station

(1) Largest Allied airborne operation 'further information.'

Course No. 15, 58 OTU. Grangemouth, Scotland: - Front row: Sgt. Corbett, Sgt. Sekkerling, Sgt. Kotlarz, Sgt. Madej, Sgt. Szelestowski, Sgt. Krakowski, Sgt. Polek, Sgt. Kolezynski, Sgt. Elmerycm, Sgt. Grobelny, Sgt. Rutecki, Sgt. Szymanski - Second row: P/O. Hunter, P/O. Loree, P/O. Frith, P/O. Deytrikh, F/O. Gastula, Fl/Lt. Walendowski, P/O. Davies, P/O. Phelan, P/O. Tonge. F/O. Godlewski, P/O. Wigston, P/O. Zakrzewski - Third row: Sgt. Powers, Sgt. Watkin, Sgt. Vance, Sgt. Machan, Sgt. McGready, Sgt. Taggart, Sgt. Oliver, Sgt. Shaw, Sgt. Kippan, Sgt. Moeser, Sgt. Matthewman - Back row: Sgt. Hunt, Sgt. Julian, Sgt. Watson, Sgt. Little, Sgt. Nicoll, Sgt. Kaye, Sgt. Allingham, Sgt. Miller, Sgt. Davies, Sgt. Jowett, Sgt. Rawson, Sgt. Cleaver, Sgt. Burley.

Burial details:

Fl/Lt. Stanislaw Roman Madej. Newark-Upon-Trent Cemetery. Sec. K. Grave 326. Born 12 August 1917. Gródek Jagiell, Poland (now Ukraine) Next of kin details not currently available.

F/O. Jozef Stanislaw Gaseki. Newark-Upon-Trent Cemetery. Sec. L. Grave 326. Born 16th February 1919 in Warsaw, Poland. Next of kin details not currently available.

Researched for relatives of the crew with thanks for further information to Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945' Also to the people at the 307 Squadron website for photograph of the new memorial. Jerzy Bogdan Cynk - 'The Polish Airforce At War' Vol's 1 and 2, The Grangemouth Air Cadets and the Grangemouth Spitfire Memorial Trust who provided me with so much information and assistance during my visit. Also thanks to Stations UK for Withcall Station photograph.

KTY - 25.09.2016 Memorial photo added.

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