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09.08.1944 No 92 Squadron Spitfire VIII JF662 Fl/Lt. Szarzyński-Sęp

Operation: Bomber escort

Date: 9th August1944 (Wednesday)

Unit: No. 92 Squadron

Type: Spitfire VIII

Serial: JF662

Base: Perugia, Italy

Location: Leguna Veneta, off Venice

Pilot: Fl/Lt. Oswald Szarzyński-Sęp P-1648 P.A.F. Age 30. Killed


On bomber escort duty when he crashed into the Leguna Veneta, off Venice and drowned. No other information available but neither the aircraft or the body of Fl/Lt. Szarzyński-Sęp was recovered.



58 O.T.U. Course 28 A squadron: Front row: P/O. Innes. P/O. Savarit, P/O. Tronczynski, P/O. Boucher, P/O. Rozansk, P/O. Szarzynski – Back row: Sgt. Makowski, Sgt. Marquis, Sgt. Berezowski, Sgt. Hauser, Sgt. Grzywa. (20th October 1942)

Note: Spitfire JF662 built at Spitfire works in Chattis Hill, Hampshire, on the 2nd July 1943, powered by Merlin 63 Engine.


Burial Details:

Fl/Lt. Oswald Szarzyński-Sęp. Commemorated on the Polish Memorial at Northolt and in Warsaw. Born on 6th October 1913 in Poręba, Poland.


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’ Jerzy Bogdan Cynk – ‘The Polish Airforce At War’ Vol’s 1 and 2.

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