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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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31st July 1944 302 Squadron Spitfire IX MJ945 Fl/Sgt. Szadkowski

Operation: Armed reconnaissance

Date: 31st July 1944 (Monday)

Unit: No. 302 Squadron, 131 Wing. 84 Group. 2nd Tactical Air Force. Allied Expeditionary Air Force

Type: Spitfire IX

Serial: MJ945

Code: WX-J

Base: ALG Plumetot

Location: Lisieux area

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Jerzy Stefan Szadkowski 780622 PAF Age 23. PoW No: 362 Camp Stalag Kopernikus (357)

REASON FOR LOSS:

Using Plumetot as a daytime advanced refuelling and re-arming airfield. Although the squadron were based at RAF Ford in Sussex.

On armed reconnaissance operation during the evening.

Hit by flak and taken PoW, the only loss this day from the squadron.

Burial details:

None, survived the war. Fl/Sgt. Jerzy Stefan Szadkowski was born on the 02nd September 1921 in Wieluń, Poland. Settled in England and died in York on the 25th March 1979, age just 58.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses' Vol. 1-3, Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum Mielnika, other sources as quoted below:

KTY 24-09-2021

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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', 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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