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317 Squadron Crest
11.08.1944 No. 317 Squadron (P) Spitfire LF.IX ML192 JH-P Fl/Sgt. W.L. Pawlowski

Operation: Recce

Date: 11th August 1944 (Friday)

Unit: No. 317 Squadron (Polish)

Type: Spitfire LF.IX

Serial: ML192

Code: JH-P

Base: B.10 ALG. Plumetȏt, North western France.

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Władysław Leon Pawłowski 793773 PAF Age 28. Killed


After arriving at the Plumetȏt B10 Advanced Landing Ground, six miles from the River Orme on the 3rd August 1944 the squadron took part in many armed recce patrols and strafing of enemy troops and transport. On an armed recce patrol to Falais at 11:15 hrs Fl/Sgt. Pawłowski's Spitfire was hit by anti aircraft fire and exploded in mid air killing him instantly. 

He had previously trained with 58 OTU before joining 317 squadron in June 1942.

Course 27A 58 OTU Grangemouth Scotland: Front row: F/O. Kolanko P-0966 , F/O. Zdanowski P-0891, F/O. Rejnowicz P-1354, F/O. Hajduczek P-0909 - Centre row: P/O. Farman, Lt. De Beaumont, Lt. Osmanville, Lt. Roos, Lt. Aubrey. - Rear row: Sgt. Pawlowski, Sgt. Moreac, Sgt. Ilnicki, Sgt. Czaarnecki.

Burial Details:

Fl/Sgt. Władysław Leon Pawłowski St. Valery-en.Caux Cemetery, France. Row B. Grave 27. Born 6th August 1916, from Turkowice, Poland

Researched for relatives of the pilot. Acknowledgments: Kate Tame, Robert Gretzyngier, Woitek Matusiak, Wadldemar Wojcik and Josef Zielinski for Polish information that we may have used, other sources as quoted below. Any relative who would like a full size photograph of the grave we would be very happy to email them to you free of charge.

KTY 03.08.2015 Page updated

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