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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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308 Squadron Crest
12.07.1941 No. 308 Squadron Spitfire IIa P7888 ZF-B F/O. Stanisław Wielgus

Operation: Circus 46

Date: 12th July 1941 (Saturday)

Unit: No. 308 Squadron (PAF)

Type: Spitfire IIa

Serial: P7888

Code: ZF-B

Base: RAF Northolt

Location: English Channel

Pilot: F/O. Stanisław Wielgus P-0244 PAF Age 28. Killed


Not many details regarding this loss. During the Circus he was shot down off the coast of England in the English Channel with his body being recovered the next day.

308 Squadron pilots taken mid 1940. Front: Felix Cone, Stanislaw Wandzilak, Valerian Jasionowski, Mieczyslaw Wiórkiewicz, Erwin Kawnik. Centre: Stefan Maciejewski, Władysław Grudzinski, Richard Koczor, Paul Smith, unknown. Rear: Stanislaw Wielgus, Wladyslaw Majchrzyk, unknown, unknown, Baginton?

308 Squadron lost two other Spitfires that day. Sgt. Władysław Majchrzyk (1) 783296 flying Spitfire P7629, crash-landed at RAF Manston, Sgt. Ernest Watolski (2) 783288 flying Spitfire P8140, crash landed near Hawkhurst in Kent, after running out of fuel - both pilots survived.

(1) Sgt. Władysław Majchrzyk survived the war as a W/O with 316 Squadron. Died in Hamilton Ontario, Canada on the 14th October 2012.
(2) Sgt. Ernest Watolski Survived the war as a W/O. with 315 Squadron - no further information.

Burial details:

F/O. Stanisław Wielgus. Northwood Cemetery. Grave H312. Born on 17th November 1912 in Miedzierza, Końskie, Poland. Next of kin details not currently available.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses' Vol. 1-3, Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii’. The great information supplied by Krzystek’s List, to which Aircrew Remembered contribute.

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