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
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.
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:
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning we will remember
them. - Laurence
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