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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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308 Squadron Crest
26.11.1942 No. 308 Squadron Spitfire VB W3510 P/O. Mijakowski

Operation: Rhubarb

Date: 26th November 1942

Unit: No. 308 Squadron (Polish)

Type: Spitfire VB

Serial: W3510

Base: RAF Northolt

Location: English Channel off Merville, France

Pilot: P/O. Bogdan Mijakowski P-1608 PAF Age 24. Missing

REASON FOR LOSS:

During the morning of 26th November 1942 P/O. Mijakowski was on a fighter sweep over the Merville area of France when he was hit several times by intense flak crashing into the sea.

Neither his body or the aircraft were recovered, he is commemorated on the fine Polish Memorial in Northolt, Middlesex.

Previously served with 306 Squadron and we understand he joined 308 on the 15th April 1942.

58 OTU Course No 17: Rear: Sgt. Schou, Sgt. Trafford, Sgt. McCaffery, Sgt. Stead, Sgt. Jackson, Sgt. Shorthouse, Sgt. Taylor, Sgt. Goodall, Sgt. Weyers.
Front: Sgt. Turnbull, Sgt. Owren, P/O. Mijakowski, P/O. Sager, F/O. Rowe, F/O. Regulski, P/O. Widziszewski, Sgt. Grout-Spang

Burial Details:

P/O. Bogdan Mijakowski. Commemorated on the Polish War Memorial. Born 18 April 1918, Zytomierz, Russia. No next of kin details available as yet.

Acknowledgments: The Grangemouth Air Cadets and the Grangemouth Spitfire Memorial Trust who provided me with so much information and assistance during my visit, Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses' Vol's. 2.

KTY Updated 25.11.2019

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), 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', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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