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10.06.1944 No. 315 Squadron Mustang III FX960 PK-A Fl/Lt. Sworniowski

Operation: Ramrod 986

Date: 10th June 1944 (Saturday)

Unit: No. 315 Squadron (Polish)

Type: Mustang III

Serial: FX960

Code: PK-A

Base: RAF Brenzett, Romney Marsh, Kent

Location: Escoville, East Caen, France

Pilot: Fl/Lt Adam Sworniowski P-1739 / 781025 PAF Age 26. Killed


Took off at 06:45 hrs with 7 others from 316 Squadron.

Fl/Lt. Sworniowski's aircraft was seen to be hit by flak and he baled out of the aircraft.

The other pilots noticed that he was picked up by an unidentified tank crew but it seems that he had already been shot by German Infantryman.

Other reports are that he crash landed and hit an enemy tank.

He is credited with shooting down a Fw.190 on the 7th June 1944.

Course No.26 58 Operational Training Unit, Grangemouth, Scotland: Front row: P/O. Białecki, P/O. Dubielecki, F/O. Kalinowski, P/O. Radziszewski, P/O. Bartys, P/O. Meyer - Centre row: Sgt. Szczepankiewicz, Sgt. Tomczak, P/O. Panek, P/O. Sworniowski, P/O. Stankiewicz, P/O. Radwanski, Sgt. Stanski - Rear row: Sgt. Lewicki, Sgt. Sweryda, Sgt. Szajda, Sgt. Gierczycki, Sgt. Jaszczak, Sgt Kepdzynski (See notes below)

Burial Details:

Fl/Lt Adam Sworniowski. Grainville-Langannerie Polish War Cemetery. Grave V.E.9. Born on the 19th February 1918 in Krakow, Poland. Next of kin details available as yet.

Research and page of remembrance dedicated to the relatives of the pilot, with thank for further information to The Grangemouth Air Cadets and the Grangemouth Spitfire Memorial Trust who provided me with so much information and assistance during my visit, Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945'.

Notes on training photograph:

Fl/Lt. Bronisław Jan Białecki P-1949/783425 PAF. Born on the 09th June 1917 - passed away on the 21st June 2006 age 89.

Fl/Lt. Ryszard Dubielecki P-1715/783386 PAF. Born on the 13th February 1920 - passed away on the 19th March 2011 age 91.

Fl/Lt. Zbigniew Teofil Kalinowski P-0231 PAF. Born on the 07th October 1910 - passed away on the 22nd February 1985 age 75.

Fl/Lt. Jan Radziszewski P-1736/783645 PAF. Born on the 20th April 1916 - no further details.

Fl/Lt. Edward Emil Bartys P-1709/783413 PAF. Born on the 26th September 1919 - passed away on the10th October 1977 age 58.

Fl/Lt. Wiesław Meyer P-1726/784708 PAF. Born on the 01st September 1920 - passed away in 2005.

Sgt. Włodzimierz Roman Szczepankiewicz 793904 PAF. Born on the 28th September 1916 - passed away in 2003.

W/O. Franciszek Tomczak 792015 PAF. Born on the 01st July 1920 - passed away on the 20th September 2008 age 88.

F/O. Przemysław Wojciech Panek P-1730/783487 PAF. Born on the 27th February 1920 - killed on the 04th April 1943 age 23.

Fl/Lt. Adam Sworniowski P-1739/781025 PAF. Born on the 19th February 1918 - killed on the 19th June 1944 age 26.

F/O. Ryszard Franciszek Stankiewicz P-1737/783491 PAF. Born on the 18th August 1915 - killed on the 15th December 1942 age 27.

Jerzy Aleksander Radwański P-1735 / 783646 PAF - passed away on the 04th January 1992.

F/O. Waclaw Stanski P-2677/782355 PAF. Born on the 17th July 1920 - passed away on the 18th June 1986.

W/O. Stanisław Józef Lewicki 792032 PAF. Born on the 02nd July 1921 - passed away on the 28th October 1989 age 68.

W/O. Jan Sweryda 780709 PAF. Born on the 31st March 1919 and passed away on the 29th March 1975 age 56.

Fl/Lt. Władysław Jan Szajda P-1740/783471 PAF. Born on the 31st October 1919 - killed on the 04th April 1944 age 25.

Sgt. Jerzy Janusz Gierczycki 782951 PAF. Born on the 27th February 1919 - killed on the 27th April 1943 age 24.

W/O. Mieczysław Jaszczak 783146 PAF. Born on the 22nd April 1915 - passed away on the 16th April 1982 age 69.

W/O. Antoni Teofil Kępczyński 780464 PAF. Born on the 10th August 1917 - no details of death.

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