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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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303 Squadron Crest
24.09.1943 No. 303 Squadron Spitfire IX EN173 RF-C Fl/Sgt. Szymkowiak

Operation: Ramrod

Date: 24th September 1943 (Friday)

Unit: No. 303 Squadron (Polish)

Type: Spitfire IX

Serial: EN173

Code: RF-C

Base: RAF Northolt

Location: Tilloy-Les-Conty, France

Pilot: Fl/Sgt. Tadeusz Szymkowiak 794022 PAF Age 21. Killed


Shot down and killed by FW190 over Tilloy-Les-Conty, France.

Fl/Sgt. Tadeusz Szymkowiak shot down a FW190 sharing it with F/O. Majewski on the 24th August 1943, whilst escorting B17's after a bomb run over France. He also shot down a FW190 on the 4th September 1943.

Left: Fl/Sgt. Tadeusz Szymkowiak. Right: Spitfire EN173 being worked on by 303 ground crew

Above as described - believed to have been taken on or around 27th May 1942

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Front row: Sgt. Seaman, Sgt. Stockton, Sgt. Emes, Sgt. Walker, Sgt. Roberts and Sgt Robinson.
Centre row: Sgt. Sorge, Sgt. Jackson, Sgt. Tysowski, Sgt. Utterson, Sgt. Warr, Sgt. Waterhouse and Sgt. Smith A.W.
Rear row: Sgt. Ksiazczyk, Sgt. Brygider (killed 19.04.1944), Sgt. Calinski (killed 20.05.1944), Sgt. Kraszewski, Sgt. Dabrowski (killed 14.06.1943), Sgt. Zurakowski (killed 27.05.1944), Sgt. Bartlomiejczyk, Sgt. Rembowski, Sgt. Nowoczyn and Sgt. Szymkowiak
Burial Details:

Fl/Sgt. Tadeusz Szymkowiak. Poix de Picardie Cemetery. Row. 2. Grave 57. Born on the 02nd March 1922 at Chrościce, Poland.

With thanks to Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Jerzy Bogdan Cynk - 'The Polish Airforce At War' Vol's 1 and 2.

KTY Updated 09.02.2019

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