02.01.1945 No. 316 Squadron Mustang III KH494 SZ-I Fl/Lt. Teofil Szymankiewicz
Operation: Rodeo 408
Date: 2nd January 1945 (Tuesday)
Unit: No. 316 Squadron (Polish)
Type: Mustang III
Base: RAF Andrews Field, Essex
Location: B-88 Heesch, Netherlands
Pilot: Fl/Lt. (‘Ilek’) Teofil Szymankiewicz P-0744 PAF Age 26. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Engine failure, crash landed on the B-88 airfield (Heesch, Netherlands) during the morning of the 2nd January. Badly burned and died later in hospital.
The B-88 airstrip was characterised by the use of PSP (Pierced Steel Planks) surfacing due to the severe drainage and consequent mud problems.
Fl/Lt. Teofil Szymankiewicz. Eindhoven-Woensel Cemetery. Grave No. 266/KK. Born 20th December 1919, Czempiń, Poland.
Research by Peter Sikora (April 2009)