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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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602 Squadron Crest
29.12.1942 No. 602 Squadron Spitfire VB BM310 F/O. Widziszewski

Operation: Training

Date: 29th December 1942

Unit: No. 602 Squadron

Type: Spitfire VB

Serial: BM310

Base: RAF Perranporth, Cornwall.

Location: Not yet known

Pilot: F/O. Mieczyslaw Antoni Widziszewski P-1695 PAF Age 22. Killed


No details on this training loss and welcome any further information.

Joined 315 squadron from 58 OTU on the 22nd April 1942 and then transferred to 602 squadron with Sgt. Lisowski (1) and F/O. Sokolowski on the 26th October the same year.

(1) P/O. Tadeusz Lisowski was killed later on the 23rd December 1944, flying with 315 squadron in a Mustang III HB885 PK-J on a ramrod to Norway.

58 OTU Course No 17, Back: Sgt. Schou, Sgt. Trafford, Sgt. McCaffery, Sgt. Stead, Sgt. Jackson, Sgt. Shorthouse, Sgt. Taylor, Sgt. Goodall, Sgt. Weyers. Front: Sgt. Turnbull, Sgt. Owren, P/O. Mijakowski, P/O. Sager, F/O. Rowe, F/O. Regulski, P/O. Widziszewski, Sgt. Grout-Spang

Burial Details:

F/O. Mieczyslaw Antoni Widziszewski. Southport (Duke Street) Cemetery. Section S1 Grave 213. Born on 17th April 1920 in Brzesc, Poland. Next of kin details not available as yet.

With thanks to the Grangemouth Air Cadets and the Grangemouth Spitfire Memorial Trust who provided me with so much information and assistance during my visit, Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945'.

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