Saturday, 3 April 2010


He was a pilot, born on 13th September 1917. He was commissioned on 30th September 1941 and known to be in service on 1st February 1942.

On 9th March 1942, he took off on a mission to bomb the Krupp Works at Essen. Because of poor conditions at RAF Lindholme, he took off from RAF Swanton Morley and on his return, landed at RAF Oakington due to lack of fuel. During his crew debriefing his aircraft, R1602, was struck by another during dispersal; both were destroyed by fire – the official verdict was damaged beyond repair.

He was killed when X9764 was shot down by a night fighter near Geetbetz, Belgium on 6th April 1942. He is buried at Heverlee War Cemetery, Leuven, Belgium. Luftwaffe records show that it was shot down by Oberleutnant Heinrich Petersen and Fw Leidenbach of 6/NJG1 Geerbetz 10 KM North West St. Trond at 02.28hrs

The list compiled by Tadeusz Krzystek gives his service number as P-1570 but it was not unusual for a newly commissioned officer to be given a new number. A little more difficult to explain/understand is the fact that he is also listed as being born on 12th September 1919

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