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20.09.1943 No. 609 Squadron Typhoon JP745 PR-L P/O. Turek

Operation: Rhubarb

Date: 20th September 1943 (Monday)

Unit: No. 609 Squadron

Type: Typhoon IB

Serial: JP745

Code: PR-L

Base: RAF Lympne

Location: English Channel off Le Treport, France

Pilot: P/O. Tadeusz S. Turek P-2217 PAF Age ? Survived.

We welcome any further information on Tadeusz from his family/friends.


Took off during the afternoon of the 20th September on a Rhubarb operation. Hit by flak and ditched in the Channel. 


Found and rescued two days later by a Walrus air sea rescue aircraft.

Has had a couple of very narrow escapes in addition to this.

On the 27th May 1942 whilst with 308 Squadron having joined the day previously from 58 OTU, his engine seized on his Spitfire but he managed to land at Scarborough. In December 1942 during a strafing attack on a train he was hit by anti-aircraft fire. He made his way back to England when over the Channel his engine packed up. He managed to restart it and made a landing in England with no injuries to himself. Cat. 'B' damage to the Typhoon.

Course 19-2 at 58 O.T.U. Grangemouth, Scotland: Front row: F/O. Blaszczyk (1), P/O. Legowski, F/O. Kon, F/O. Peathy-Johns, F/O. Watts, P/O. Short, P/O. Rowlands - Rear row: Sgt. Allen, Sgt. Armstrong, Sgt. Tushingham, Sgt. Zimek, Sgt. Turek, Sgt. Siemienczuk (2), Sgt. Szymonski, Sgt. Bruce.

(1) Fl/Lt Jan Blaszczyk P-0560 Killed 3rd December 1943, 318 Squadron Hurricane IIb BP135.
(2) Sgt. Tadeusz Siemienczuk 783163 killed 17th April 1942, 58 OTU Spitfire Ia R7073

Burial Details:

None,  P/O. Tadeusz Turek survived the war. Became a school teacher and settled in England. No further details thereafter. We welcome any further information on Tadeusz from his family/friends.

Researched for relatives of the pilot. With thanks to the following for further information supplied, Peter Sikora, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses' Vo. 2, The 1333 (Grangemouth Spitfire) Squadron and the Grangemouth Spitfire Memorial Trust who provided the webmaster with so much information and assistance during his visit.

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