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30.06.1943 No. 302 Squadron Spitfire Vc EP516 Sgt. Makosz

Operation: Weather Recce

Date: 30th June 1943 (Wednesday)

Unit: No. 302 Squadron (Polish) City of Poznan

Type: Spitfire Vc

Serial: EP516

Base: RAF Croyden

Location: West of Landeda, France

Pilot: Sgt. Konstanty Makosz 783591 PAF Age 31. PoW No: 43275 Camp: Stalag Kopernikus


During the afternoon of 30th June he was carrying out a weather reconnaissance patrol when he came under attack from a unit of JG2. He baled out and taken PoW.

Front: Sgt. Jozef Kulczycki 784332 (failed to qualify as a pilot), F/O. Edward Tatarski P-0829, F/O. Włodzimierz Zegallo P-0324 (failed to qualify as a pilot - died 31/12/1972), F/O. Adam Bronisław Jenik P-1119 (died 16/06/1989), F/O. Tadeusz Karnkowski P-0973 (died 13/09/2013), F/O. Zbigniew Frackiewicz P-0923 (PoW19/11/1943 308 Squadron, died 15/12/1997)
Centre: Sgt. Edward Władysław Martens P-2817 / 792239 (killed 13/06/1982), Sgt. Ryszard Bedkowski 793863 (killed 25/10/1941), Sgt. Karol Michalkiewicz 784123 (evaded 23.06/1944, died 27/09/1988), Sgt. Gwido Swistun P-2478 / 781515 (died 16/01/1992), Sgt. Piotr Lewandowski 780888 (PoW 15/05/1943, died 2001) , Sgt. Bogdan Mścisław Smidowicz P-2340 / 784128 (died 14/03/2010), Sgt. Klemens Jastrzebski P-2466 / 780868 (died 15/05/1988), Sgt. Stanisław Andrzej Włosok-Nawarski P-2480 / 783261 (died 08/01/2017).
Rear: Sgt. Konstanty Makosz 783591 (PoW 30/06/1943, died 05/09/2003), Sgt. Aleksander Judek P-2657 / 783174 (died 09/08/2003), Sgt. Erwin Loska 782825 (died 22/09/2016), Sgt. Hubert Leon Mindykowski 793628 (failed to qualify as a pilot, died 02/12/1990), Sgt. Wiktor Kempka 793627 (PoW 21/05/1944, died 09/04/2006), Sgt. Kazimierz Lojek 783149 (killed 06/01/1944).

Burial Details:

None - survived the war. Born on the 01st February 1912 at Strzelce Opol, Poland. Passed away on the 05th September 2003 at Pointe-Claire, Canada.

Researched for relatives of the pilot. With thanks to the following for further information supplied the 1333 (Grangemouth Spitfire) Squadron and the Grangemouth Spitfire Memorial Trust who provided me with so much information and assistance during my visit, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses' Vol' 2.

KTY Updated 09.12.2019

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