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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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304 Squadron Crest
06.02.1941 No. 304 Squadron Wellington Ic R1014 Sgt. Stanisław Toffin

Operation: Training

Date: 06th February 1941 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 304 (P) Squadron

Type: Wellington Ic

Serial: R1014

Code: NZ-?

Base: RAF Syerston

Location: Bleasby

Pilot: Sgt. Stanisław Tofin 782062 PAF Age 35. Killed

Obs: Sgt. Wojciech Lichota 781604 PAF Age 32. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Jan Adam Cymborski 782182 PAF Age 35. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Józef Jończyk 793311 PAF Age 24. Killed

The Bleasby Aircrews Memorial

Relative of the pilot, Grzegorz Gawronski, contacted us in November 2016 with further great photographs.


Taking off from RAF Syerston and crashed almost immediately at Station Farm in Bleasby, killing all the crew.

No further details and we welcome any new information.

Right: the inscription on the propeller part of the Bleasby Aircrews memorial.

Burial details:

Sgt. Stanisław Tofin. Newark-on-Trent. Section I Grave 300. Also remembered on the Polish War Memorial RAF Northolt Panel 72. Born 20th August 1905 in Krzyszkowice, Poland.

Sgt. Wojciech Lichota. Newark-on-Trent. Section J. Grave 300. Also remembered on the Polish War Memorial RAF Northolt Panel 38. Born 18th February 1909 Rzeszów, Poland.

Sgt. Jan Adam Cymborski. Newark-on-Trent. Section K Grave 299. Also remembered on the Polish War Memorial RAF Northolt Panel 10. Born 25th December 1905 in Kraków, Poland.

Sgt. Józef Jończyk. Newark-on-Trent. Section K. Grave 300. Also remembered on the Polish War Memorial RAF Northolt Panel 26. Born 3rd August 1916 in Szopienice, Poland.

With thanks to Ken Ogilvie for bringing this loss to our attention, also for grave photographs. Also to Neville Bougourd (Polish 304 Squadron researcher) who contacted us in August 2016 with a further crew member photo. Grzegrz Gawronski, the grandson of Sgt. Stanisław Tofin who contacted us in November 2016. For further details our thanks to Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', thanks also to John Jones for the Polish War Memorial details. Finally thanks to the village of Bleasby who have made this fantastic memorial possible.

RS - 19.09.2018 Addition of the details for the Polish War Memorial at RAF Northolt

KTY - 19.09.2018 Memorial details added

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