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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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12/13.07.1943 No 138 Squadron Halifax II JD155 NF-M Fl/Lt. Morawski

Operation: Special Operations

Date: 12/13th July 1943 (Monday/Tuesday)

Unit: No. 138 Squadron

Type: Halifax II

Serial: JD155

Code: NF-M

Base: RAF Tempsford, Bedfordshire.

Location: Chateau d' lillebec at St.-Paul-sur-Risle, France

Pilot: Fl/Lt. Julian Morawski P-1096 PAF Age 29. Killed

Pilot 2: Fl/Sgt. Edward Joński 782677 PAF Age 27. Killed

Nav: Fl/Lt. Napoleon Stanisław Lewicki P-0395 PAF Age 30. Killed

Fl/Eng: Sgt. Konrad Józef Tomaszewski 784540 PAF Age 23. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Leon Stanislaw Bonk 792591 PAF Age 23. Killed

Air/Gnr: Fl/Sg. Edmund Rusiński 783974 PAF Age 26. Killed

Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Jan Nawrot 781688 PAF Age 25. Killed


Took off from RAF Tempsford on SOE Operation Roach 94 / Roach 92 - Supply drop for French Partisans - and headed for France. Crashed at 00:30 hours at Chateau d' lillebec at St.-Paul-sur-Risle, France.

Grainville-Langannerie (top four) all have the incorrect date marked as 1944

Burial Details:

Fl/Lt. Julian Morawski. Grainville-Langannerie, France. Plot VIII, Row D, Grave 9. Born 23rd December 1913

Fl/Sgt. Edward Joński. Grainville-Langannerie, France. Plot VIII, Row D, Grave 10. Born 22nd January 1916

Fl/Lt. Napoleon Stanislaw Lewicki. Pont-Audemer Communal Cemetery - Eure, France. Row C. Coll. grave 17-18. Born 2nd February 1913

Sgt. Konrad Józef Tomaszewski. Polish Cemetery, Grainville-Langannerie, France. Plot Viii, Row D, Grave 27/45. Born 17 February 1920.

Fl/Sgt. Leon Stanislaw Bonk. Pont-Audemer Communal Cemetery - Eure, France. Row C. Coll. grave 17-18. Born 1st November 1919. Silver Cross, Order of Virtuti Militari, Krzyzem Walecznych

Fl/Sg. Edmund Rusiński. Grainville-Langannerie Cemetery, France. Plot VIII, Row D, Grave 12. Born 24 April 1917

Fl/Sgt. Jan Nawrot. Pont-Audemer Communal Cemetery - Eure, France. Row B Grave 16. Born 6th August 1917.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Kate Tame for grave photographs, Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses' Vol. 4, Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vol's. 1 and 2', Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Tom Kracker - 'Kracker Luftwaffe Archives'.

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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', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Stan D. Bishop, John A. Hey MBE, Gerrie Franken and Maco Cillessen - Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces, Vols 1-6, Dr. Theo E.W. Boiton - Nachtjagd Combat Archives, Vols 1-13. 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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