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    Default Stg. Edward Kostański - 317 Polish Squadron - Help

    Hi I am looking for information on Sgt Edwad Kostanski.
    He was a Fighter Squadron 317 pilot run by Poles.
    I only know that it was shot down June 24, 1943 year over a canal and was buried in Belgium for a municipal cemetery.
    We care about the information on this pilot.
    He was the uncle of my mother's former husband and so I have a few of his photos that I send the following:

    http://img24.imageshack.us/i/38071445.jpg/
    http://img228.imageshack.us/i/beztytuu1vz.png/
    http://img510.imageshack.us/i/beztytuuive.png/
    http://img257.imageshack.us/i/beztytuu2aoz.png/

    Please, any information about Edward Kostanski.
    Regards.

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    Default Stg edward kostanski

    HI , i have the following for you , hope it is of use to you , P782796 SGT EDWARD KOSTANSKI ,317 POLISH SQD RAF PERRANPORTH CORNWALL, LOST AFTER COMBAT WITH fw190 of JG2,(SHOT DOWN INTO SEA).OVER ENGLISH CHANNEL,24/6/43,AGE 26,HE WAS FLYING SPITFIRE VB EP360 DURING A CIRCUS SORTIE TO BREST ,I HAVE HIS DATE OF BIRTH AS 6/10/16 AND THE FACT THAT HE HAS NO KNOWN GRAVE ??BUT THIS IS UNCONFIRMED .
    VERY BEST WISHES PHILL JONES

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    Default E Kostanski

    Hi,

    Your information about a canal and a belgium cemetery was quite a surprise. Hard to understand for a daylight mission to Brest.

    On a previous post on this forum, I also asked for some more information about this pilot. The reason why, is that I’m living in Brest area and have a great interest in W II events, and particularly in aviation.

    I did read the information provided by the Sqn ORB, available on the web, but what lead us to be close to be able to prove that this Spitfire crashed north of Guipavas airfield, and not at sea, even if this pilot is still known as MIA (one or some pilot on the return saw oil in the water), is the crossing of french archives documents, some existing remains, and one of the nearest farmer who said the pilot was polish. It did crash the same day that the B-25 on that date, and would be the only 317 Sqn loss.
    One witness did mention two aircraft lost near the airfield that day.
    None human bone recovered during the excavation of parts, parts that would really come from a Spitfire.

    I would have a serie of pictures to share with you, as aerial picture of crash site or pictures of remains. Also would like to be willing acting as a guide if you would ever find any oportunity to come in Brest area. I’m currently (since 15 years) working on that airfield.

    Cheers
    Gildas

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