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    Default Afterwar Loss of 301 squadron

    Dear friends,

    on the 27 july of 1945, during the transport flight from Greece to UK was lost polish crew from 301 squadron on Vickers Warwick CIII (HG226) GR-D. They crashed 20 miles S of Lyon, France.

    I´m interesting for the name of greek airfield from where they took off and the name of London base where was destination of this flight.
    Has anybody info about load of this Warwick and circumstances of this crash?

    any help will be kindly appreciated

    wbw

    Munro

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    Munro,

    According to Colin Cummings' 'The PRice of Peace':

    27 Jul 45, HG226, Warwick III, 301 Sqn, 20 miles south of Lyon, 4 killed

    The pilot lost control of the aircraft during the approach to land, when flying in very bad weather. The aircraft entered a spin and crashed before recovery could be made. The all Polish crew are buried at Mazurgues War Cemetery.

    Flt Lt Aloyzy Ratajczak, 33
    Wt Off Franciszek Bak, 21
    Sgt Eugeniusz Kocon, 27
    Sgt Antoni Jan mikolajczak, 22

    Errol

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    Errol,
    Thank you very much for your useful info about circumstances of this accident.
    Is there note about airfields in Greece and London?

    thank you again

    Munro

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    Munro,

    "Is there note about airfields in Greece and London?"

    Cummings makes no mention of these, I'm afraid.

    Errol

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    Munro

    Try contacting:

    http://orb.polishaf.pl/unit/301sqn

    Though that month's ORB hasn't been uploaded yet, I know it's work in progress and you maybe able to get the relevant entry before it is uploaded.

    A

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    Thanks for idea Amrit

    Milan

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    Have on file that they took off from Pomiglianco (sic) but only know a Pomigliano d'Arco what's in Italy.

    Henk.

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    Munro,

    Flt/Sgt Antoni Jan Mikolajczak was my uncle. Here is what information I have:

    301 (Polish) Squadron ORB

    February 1945
    14th KOCON, E. Posted to 301 from 56 P.T.S. ex U.K.
    16th RATAJCZAK, A. Posted to 301 from 56 P.T.S. ex U.K.
    16th BAK, F. Posted to 301 from 56 P.T.S. ex U.K.

    Mikolajczak was posted to 301 Sqn. sometime in April,1945.


    24/7/45

    Warwick C III HG.226 D
    F/LT RATAJCZAK Pilot
    SGT KOCON F/ENG
    F/SGT MIKOLAJCZAK NAV
    W/O BAK W/Oper

    Take off at North Weald at 06:00 hrs. Flown to ATHENS via NEAPOL and crashed, on their way back to base, on July 27,1945 at approximately 19:00 – 19:30 hrs, about 20 miles South of LYONS. All crew killed.

    28/7/45

    One of our A/C “Warwick” C III HG.226 crashed on its way back from Athens about 20 miles South of LYONS, France. – All Crew killed.
    P-1633 F/Lt. RATAJCZAK, A. Pilot; 794777 W/O BAK, F. W/Op Air; 704011 F/SGT. MIKOLAJCZAK, A.J. Nav.; 782439 SGT. KOCON, E. F/ENG. It is thought that the A/C met with a local storm and descending crashed in the mountains. Flying consisted of one flight to Oslo, One to ISTRES, one A/C test and the rest Radio Range practise.

    From another source (somewhere on the internet), I have that the A/C was “probably brought down by a fire following strike by lighting”

    From “Ksiega Lotnikow Polskich Poleglych, Zmarlych i Zaginionych 1936-1946”
    I have in addition that the flight was from „Pomiglianco in Greece to London”. “During a storm the aircraft caught fire and crashed near Vienne, about 20 miles from Lyon, France”.
    “Buried in the British Mazargues War Cemetery , Marseilles, France.

    “POMIGLIANO” not “Pomiglianco” was an Italian Air Force base use by 301 Sqn for refueling/layovers on the route “England – Athens”. Pomigliano is east of Naples, Italy near the base of Mount Vesuvius. This I have from a letter I recieved from an ex 301 Sqn. navigator who knew my uncle. He also confirmed the information from the other sources.

    Sooo... I would say that the planned return route of flight was from Athens, Greece to North Weald, England, with stops in between at Pomigliano, Italy and Lyon, France.

    As for cargo, I have no idea. However, 301 Sqn would often transport “war material” back to England for disposal (including ordinance).

    Hope this helps,

    Mieszko
    qnh@o2.pl

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    Hi Mieszko,

    thanks for your outstanding reply to my request. Your Info is very helpful.

    contact me via e-nail, please

    with best wishes

    Munro

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