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11.08.1940 No 145 Squadron Hurricane I V7294 F/O. Ostowicz

Operation: Patrol

Date: 11th August 1940 (Sunday)

Unit: No. 145 Squadron

Type: Hurricane I

Serial: V7294

Base: RAF Westhampnet, West Sussex

Location: South of the Needles, Isle of Wright

Pilot: F/O. Antoni Ostowicz K.W. and bar (1) 76705 Polish Air Force Age 29. Killed


Shot down by Me 109s during a patrol south of Swanage at 10.35 hrs. Just five minutes earlier another Hurricane from 145 squadron was also shot down, the pilot 26 year old, F/O. Guy Rawstron Branch EGM (2) was killed.

It has been reported that the Hurricane crashed on the Isle of Wright although we are unable to confirm this. He was not seen to bale out from his aircraft.

F/O. Antoni Ostowicz KW and bar

(1) Krzyż Walecznych or 'Cross of Valour'.

(2) Known as the 'Empire Gallantry Medal', awarded to military personnel for acts of gallantry not in the face of the enemy - known also as the George Cross awarded to civilians. F/O. Guy Branch received his award in 1937 - for full details see his page.

Left: War Memorial to missing airman, Warsaw, Poland Right: Polish Memorial at Northolt.

Burial Details:

None - missing. Although Germans reported that his body was washed up on shore. No grave has been found. The other pilot killed on the same day was washed up on the shores of France, he is buried at Quibervale Churchyard, near to his grave there is one marked "Unknown Airman".

F/O. Antoni Ostowicz K.W. and bar. Commemorated on the Polish War Memorial, Northolt and also the superb War Memorial Warsaw, Poland.

Born on 22nd May 1911 in Rożdżałów, Poland. Promoted to 2nd Lt. in the Polish Air Force on 15th August 1934. At the outbreak of war he was serving as an instructor at Dęblin Ułęż airfield. Following his escape to France he left for England in December 1939. Joined 145 Squadron on the 16th July 1940 at RAF Tangmere - shooting down a Heinkel just 3 days later, shared with P/O. Newlingiem. The was the first victory for a Polish pilot in the Battle of Britain. His awards of the KW and bar gazetted on the 1st February 1941.

Acknowledgments: Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945'. Other sources as shown below. Thanks also to Marek Rogusz who, together with Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak participated to place a memorial to F/O. Ostowicz in his home town. We hope to receive further details of this shortly.

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