Saturday, 20 March 2010


He was a radio operator, born on 9th February 1917 at Piaski Stare near Krakow or Lodz (there are at least three places of that name).  He was killed on HF208 on 21st December 1943. Whilst returning from a U-Boat patrol over the Bay of Biscay, the aircraft is thought to have been struck by lightning and went down in flames near Mount Brandon, Irish Republic.  He is buried in Milltown Cemetery, Belfast.  The bodies of the crew were thrown clear and were not burned; they had been killed by exploding ammunition.  They were given an  honour guard by the Irish army and their bodies were handed over to the British authorities at the border.

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