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29.11.1943 No. 308 Squadron Spitfire F.IX MA584 ZF-V P/O. Adolf Pietrasiak VM. DFM.

Operation: Ramrod 339

Date: 29th November 1943

Unit: No. 308 Squadron (Polish)

Type: Spitfire F.IX

Serial: MA584

Code: ZF-V

Location: English Channel

Pilot: P/O. Adolf Pietrasiak VM. DFM. P-2093 PAF Age 27. Killed


Combat over Dunkirk in the morning of the 29th November, following this, collided with his wingman and crashed into the channel.

He had escaped an earlier combat during a Circus on August 19th 1941. Flying Spitfire IIb P8318 when he was shot down. Baling out, wounded, he managed to evade capture, returning to England via Spain and Gibraltar. Arrived back in England in November 1941.

Burial Details:

None, body not recovered - commemorated on the Polish War Memorial at Northolt and also the Polish Memorial for missing airman, Warsaw, Poland. Name also inscribed on the family tomb in Ryki, Poland (shown below). 

Born on the 17th November 1916 in Kosminie, Poland. His parents owned a small farm. 

Attended a public school in Ryki, then at the School of Aviation for Young Persons in Bydgoszcz, which he joined in 1932. After four years graduated with a degree assigned to the 122 fighter squadron in Krakow. 

June 27th 1940, he arrived in the United Kingdom. Trained in 58 OTU at Grangemouth, assigned to Squadron 303, then to 92 Squadron RAF (92 squadron). In July 1941 destroyed seven and half Bf109. 23rd July 1941 transferred to 308 Squadron. From 24th August 1942, he flew with 317 Squadron. On January 1st 1943, he was promoted to P/O.

Research by Peter Sikora (April 2009)

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