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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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315 Polish Squadron
28.05.1943 No. 315 Squadron Spitfire IX BR624 PK-P Fl/Sgt. Rogowski

Operation: Circus 305

Date: 28th May 1943 (Friday)

Unit: No. 315 Squadron

Type: Spitfire IX

Serial: BR624.

Code: PK-P

Base: RAF Northolt, Middlesex

Location: Near Bergues, France

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Jan Aleksander Rogowski 781018 PAF Age 23. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Ten aircraft from the squadron took off at 17:00 hrs to provide cover for 12 Venturas who were to bomb the coke ovens at Zeebrugge.

The squadron were ordered to fly towards Dunkirk where reports of German fighters were in the air. On approach to the area 4 109's pounced on us from above and behind. Fl/Sgt Rogowski was shot down during this attack. The remainder of the squadron landed back at RAF Northolt at 18:35 hrs.

Above: Pihen-Les Guines War Cemetery, France (courtesy Len)

Burial Details:

Fl/Sgt. Jan Aleksander Rogowski. Pihen-les-Guines War Cemetery. Plot I Row C Grave 2. Younger brother of Zuzanna Rogowska. Born on 3rd January, 1920 Budzanow, Poland (now Ukraine). A Battle of Britain pilot who also served with 305 Squadron.

Researched for relatives of the pilot. With thanks to Sylwia Bukartyk - relative of the pilot who contacted us in November 2018. Also to the following for further information supplied, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses' Vol. 2, 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, Aircrew Remembered own Archives. With thanks to Len for the grave photographs.

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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', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Stan D. Bishop, John A. Hey MBE, Gerrie Franken and Maco Cillessen - Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces, Vols 1-6, Dr. Theo E.W. Boiton - Nachtjagd Combat Archives, Vols 1-13. 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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