Saturday, 20 March 2010

JAN PIOTR IZYCKI













He was an observer, born on 28th August 1913.  At some point he transferred to 138 Squadron at RAF Tempsford and was shot down in Halifax BB340 (NF-D) during a multiple operation special mission on 13th April 1943.  The mission was Operations Director 22, Reporter and Surgeon, all of which failed as the aircraft was hit by flak on the outbound journey and crash landed near Douvres-la-Delivrande, Calvados, France (12 Kilometres north north west of Caen).  




He was made a prisoner of war but held in concentration camps at Sachsenhausen, Flossenburg and Dachau before going to a proper POW Camp.  During this time he was subjected to brutal interrogation by the Gestapo.

He survived the war and died in 1958 in Denmark.  He was awarded the Order of Virtuti Militari.  He is buried in the civilian section of Newark upon Trent Cemetery.  There is an unconfirmed suggestion that he died in an air crash.

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