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22.07.1941 308 Squadron Spitfire IIb P8590 ZF-U Plt.Off. OrzechowskI

Operation: Sweep

Date: 22nd July 1941

Unit: 308 Squadron (Polish)

Type: Supermarine Spitfire IIb

Serial: P8590

Code: ZF-U

Base: RAF Northolt, Middlesex

Location: Lost in English Channel

Pilot: Plt.Off. Mirosław Maciej Orzechowski P-0772 PAF Age 25. Missing


Left: Plt.Off. Mirosław Maciej Orzechowski, formerly of 56 Squadron, missing in action

After successfully strafing the airfield at St. Omer, for reasons unknown, the pilot crashed into the Channel.

Also lost on the same operation from 308 Squadron, Fg.Off. Władysław Bożek, flying Spitfire IIb P8318 ZF-P shot down and missing in the English Channel.

Burial details:

Plt.Off. Mirosław Maciej Orzechowski. No known grave, commemorated on the Memorial to missing Airman in Warsaw. Son of Eleonora Orzechowska, Mirosław. Born on the 24th November 1916. (Archival Source: Raczynski Library in Poznan, sig. manuscript no 2485, "The Mother's Memories about the Son" by Eleonora Orzechowska, Poznań 1970).

Thanks to Łukasz Hajdrych for providing an update to NoK details and the Archival source reference.

RS 28.01.2020 - Update to NoK details.

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