It is with deep regret that I have to announce the death of Stanislaw Boczkowski (1919-2014) in Montreal, Canada.
His story appears in detail elsewhere on this blog. He was a member of the crew of the first aircraft lost by 304 Squadron. The Wellington was on a cross country training mission in appalling weather in December 1940 - the worst English winter in living memory.
He was the last living member of that crew (co-pilot). He and the pilot (Jan Stanislaw Waroczewski) performed a miracle in avoiding a farmhouse full of farm labourers who were having Sunday lunch when the plane came down. Between them they forced the aircraft into a near 180 degree turn, causing it to stall and make a pancake landing.
The crew were all injured but none of the people in the farmhouse were hurt; they were fine examples of the finest generation.
This was the story that inspired my research and without which this blog would never have been written.
Czesc ich pamieci.