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13.02.1942 No. 316 Squadron Spitfire Vb W3513 SZ-P Sgt. Musiał

Operation: Shipping Recce

Date: 13th February 1942 (Friday)

Unit: No. 316 Squadron (Polish - City of Warsaw)

Type: Spitfire Vb

Serial: W3513

Code: SZ-P

Base: RAF Northolt, Middlesex.

Location: White Farm, Maidstone, Kent.

Pilot: Sgt. Jan Wladyslaw Musial 782995 PAF Age 26. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Take off time 11:15 hrs on a sweep between Ostend and Gravelines searching for shipping. No reports of contact and the squadron returned to base. During the return Spitfire W3513 collided with that of AB825 flown by F/O. Radwanski.

F/O. Gustav Radwanksi managed to bale out of his Spitfire VB AB825 SZ-T landing at Linton Park. Sgt Musial crashed at White Farm he was found still strapped in his cockpit.

Some reference sources quote that Sgt. Radwanksi was flying with 129 Squadron, but we believe that we are correct. (Although we are always open to new evidence)

Notes: Spitfire W3513 was built at the High Post factory in Salisbury, first flew in June 1941, fitted with Merlin 45 engine. Spitfire AB825 built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft factory, AB825 also fitted with the Merlin 45 engine.

F/O. Gustaw Radwański 76708 PAF Born in Warsaw, Poland on the 02nd May 1913. Passed away on the 10th October 1961 at the very young age of 48.

Burial Details:

Sgt. Jan Wladyslaw Musial. Northwood Cemetery. Sect. H Grave 210. Born 27th July 1915 in Rzeszów, Poland. Next of kin details not currently available.

Researched for relatives of the pilot. With thanks to the following for further information supplied by the 1333 (Grangemouth Spitfire) Squadron 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.


Sgt. Jan Wladyslaw Musial grave at Northwood (archives)

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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