20.03.1945 No. 308 Squadron Spitfire TB734 Fl/Lt. Wardziński
Operation: Dive bombing
Date: 20th March 1945 (Tuesday)
Unit: No. 308 Squadron (City of Kraków)
Type: Spitfire XVI
Base: B.77 Gilze-Rijen
Location: Near Amersfoort
Pilot: Fl/Lt. Erazm Stanisław Wardziński P-1581 / 783648 PAF Age 25. Evaded
REASON FOR LOSS:
On the 28th February flying with 3 Squadron over the Netherlands. After taking off at 11:45 hrs from RAF Manston on a Ramrod operation Typhoon Ib JP921 QO-P hit by flak near Son. Fl/Lt. Wardziński baled out at around 14:15 hrs. and evaded capture with the assistance of the Dutch resistance.
Then on this operation during dive-bombing in the afternoon hit by flak and forced landed near Amersfoort. Again the pilot evaded capture and returned to his unit.
None - Fl/Lt. Erazm Stanisław Wardziński VM V kl., 3xKW, SKZzM, ML survived the war. Born on the 12th November 1919 at Korytowo, Świecie, Poland. Settled in England post-war. Died on the 07th July 1993 age 74. Cremated Highcliffe, Dorset, England.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Archiwum Mielnika, Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945',other sources as quoted below: