AR banner
Search Tips Advanced Search
Back to Top

• Kracker Archive
• Allied Losses
• Archiwum Polish
• Paradie Canadian
• Searchable Lists

Info LogoAdd to or correct this story with a few clicks.
Archive Report: Allied Forces

Compiled from official National Archive and Service sources, contemporary press reports, personal logbooks, diaries and correspondence, reference books, other sources, and interviews.
Check our Research databases: Database List


We seek additional information and photographs. Please contact us via the Helpdesk.

306 Squadron Crest
14.08.1940 No. 306 Squadron Spitfire IIb P8462 UZ-M Sgt. Stanisław Zięba

Operation: Circus 73

Date: 14th August 1941 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 306 Squadron (Polish)

Type: Spitfire IIb

Serial: P8462

Code: UZ-M

Base: RAF Northolt

Location: Belle-Houllefort, France

Pilot: Sgt. Stanisław Zięba 782463 (P) PAF Age 22. Killed


During a Circus in the afternoon, shot down by units from JG26 - a terrible day for the squadron. 32 year old, Sq/Ldr. Jerzy Zaremba P-0723 PAF along with 28 year old, P/O. Wiesław Choms P-0398 also lost this day. 308 (P) Squadron also lost 26 year old, F/O. Jan Bernard Kremski P-1531, same operation, different loss area.

Despite treatment from the Germans at the Hardinghen Kriegsmarine Hospital he sadly died from his injuries on Saturday, 23rd August 1940.

Mr. Jean Pierre Duriez was permitted to visit the Hardinghen Kriegsmarine Hospital and take photographs as shown above.

Burial details:

Sgt. Stanisław Zięba. Hardinghen Churchyard. Mil. Plot. Grave 3. Born on February 16th 1919 in Kożuchów, Poland. The son of Konstanty and Stanislawa of Papużyńskiej. Graduated SPLdM in 1939 as a pilot. Participated in the 1939 campaign as a pilot with 123 EM Pursuit Brigade. After the 1939 campaign, he escaped to France. Arrived into the UK after the fall of France in June 1940 - joining 58 OTU in Grangemouth, Scotland for further RAF training.

Researched by Mr. Jean Pierre Duriez with comprehesive photographs/documents also supplied by Jean Pierre - dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to further sources as quoted below. Any relative of the pilot requiring copies of these photographs/documents are invited to contact us - researcher Mr. Jean Pierre Duriez would also like to hear from you.

Pages of Outstanding Interest
History Airborne Forces •  Soviet Night Witches •  Bomber Command Memories •  Abbreviations •  Gardening Codenames
CWGC: Your Relative's Grave Explained •  USA Flygirls •  Axis Awards Descriptions •  'Lack Of Moral Fibre'
Concept of Colonial Discrimination  •  Unauthorised First Long Range Mustang Attack
RAAF Bomb Aimer Evades with Maquis •  SOE Heroine Nancy Wake •  Fane: Motor Racing PRU Legend
Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Stan D. Bishop, John A. Hey MBE, Gerrie Franken and Maco Cillessen - Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces, Vols 1-6, Dr. Theo E.W. Boiton - Nachtjagd Combat Archives, Vols 1-13. Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
Click any image to enlarge it

Click to add your info via ticket on Helpdesk •Click to let us know via ticket on Helpdesk• Click to buy research books from Amazon •Click to explore the entire site
If you would like to comment on this page, please do so via our Helpdesk. Use the Submit a Ticket option to send your comments. After review, our Editors will publish your comment below with your first name, but not your email address.

A word from the Editor: your contribution is important. We welcome your comments and information. Thanks in advance.

At the going down of the sun, and in the morning we will remember them. - Laurence Binyon
All site material (except as noted elsewhere) is owned or managed by Aircrew Remembered and should not be used without prior permission.
© Aircrew Remembered 2012 - 2024
Last Modified: 14 March 2021, 09:53

Monitor Additions/Changes?Click to be informed of changes to this page. Create account for first monitor only, thereafter very fast. Click to close without creating monitor