09.09.1941 No. 302 Squadron Hurricane IIb Z3676 WX-H Sgt. Pytlak
Operation: Air firing training
Date: 09th September 1941
Unit: No. 302 Squadron (Polish)
Type: Hurricane IIb
Base: RAF Warmwell, Dorset.
Location: Weymouth Bay off Weymouth, Dorset.
Pilot: Sgt. Tadeusz Wlodzimierz Pytlak 783497 PAF Age 22. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Pilot carrying out shooting practice at a aircraft silhouette target suspended between two pylons. Perhaps through misjudgement at 15:55 hrs. the pilot hit one of the pylons and his Hurricane plunged into the bay with the aircraft sinking immediately. The pilots body was recovered and he was buried in the local church at Warmwell.
Sgt. Tadeusz Wlodzimierz Pytlak. Warmwell (Holy Trinity) Churchyard. Born 8 June 1919 Next of Kin details are not currently available.
Researched for relatives of the pilot. With thanks to the following for further information supplied Andrzej Michalski for grave photograph, 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', Polish Squadron O.R.B. 'website'.