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316 Squadron Crest
09.11.1944 No. 316 Squadron Mustang III FX935 SZ-O F/O. Stanisław Zajdel

Operation: Patrol

Date: 9th November 1944 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 316 Squadron (Polish)

Type: Mustang III

Serial: FX935

Code: SZ-O

Base: RAF Andrews Field, Essex

Location: Braintree, Essex

Pilot: F/O. Stanisław Zajdel P-1698 PAF Age 29 Killed


316 Squadron (Polish) were undergoing night training flying. At approximately 20:00 hrs under very high cloud cover and a snow storm, FX935 dived out of cloud - crashing near Braintree.

Also lost on this day from 316 Squadron, Andrzej Dabrowski flying Mustang FX903 SZ-E. Crashed approximately 2 miles from airfield - ran out of fuel circling whilst waiting for a damaged American B.17 to be cleared from the runway.

Above: Course 29, Squad 1 at RAF Grangemouth, Scotland: Front row: Fl/Sgt. Wojcik, Fl/Sgt. Finney, P/O. Parker, P/O. Webster, P/O. Zajdel, Fl/Sgt. Grondowski. Middle row: Sgt. Wlodarski, Sgt. Benner, Sgt. Gowers, Sgt. Taylor, Sgt. Luffman. Rear row: Sgt. Durys, Sgt. Pietrzak, Fl/Sgt. Urbanczyk 

Burial Details:

F/O. Stanisław Zajdel. Millom Churchyard (Holy Trinity) Cumberland. Grave No. 1120 Of Krośnie, Poland Born 18th July 1915 - No further details

Research by Webmaster, April 2009 and dedicated to relatives of the pilot. We welcome any contact or any further information.

KTY 13.08.2015 Page updated

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