Wednesday, 11 July 2012


Stan and Maria Boczkowski, somewhere in England during WW2
photo courtesy of their son, Richard Boczkowski

I am sad, but honoured, to be the one to pass on the news that Maria Regina Boczkowski (nee Malinowska) has died; she was the wife of Stanislaw Boczkowski, veteran of 300 and 304 Squadrons.  He is very special to me because he was on board the crashed Wellington Bomber R1268 which started my interest in 304 Squadron and gave me a new respect for Polish airmen and but for that incident, this account would never have been written - not by me at any rate.

Maria went to school with Stanislaw and they met again, in England, after they both escaped from war ravaged Poland.  They married and settled in Lincoln, where their son Richard was born in January 1948.  Maria and her mother had endured the hardships of deportation to Russia and came to England, via Palestine, when they were released from the Gulags and joined Anders' Army.

They both endured hardships and both lived a long and happy life together in Canada.  I hope that everyone reading this will join me in sending Stanislaw, Richard and their family our best wishes and sincere condolences at this very sad time.

RIP Maria Regina Boczkowski, heroine and wife of a hero.

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