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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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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

Serial: Z3676

Code: WX-H

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.

Burial Details:

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'.

KTY - Photo corrected 23.04.2018

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), 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', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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