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    The following Polish air crew managed about 20 missions together in 304 Squadron during the course of WW2

    First pilot
    W/O Tadeusz Boba P782718
    Born 23rd May 1920 at Zamosc, Lublin, Poland
    Died 4th August 2002 at Kingston-upon-Hull, East Yorkshire, England

    Second pilot
    F/Lt Witold Michalewski P2473
    Born 31st May 1917 at Irkuck (Irkutsk ?) Russia
    Died 25th July 2003 at Largo, Florida, USA

    Navigator
    Sgt Zdzislaw Eugeniusz Kostyrka P781595
    Born 7th June 1909
    Died 22nd September 1951, London, England

    Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
    Sgt Albert Czeszniewski P704992
    Born 2nd January 1925

    Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
    Sgt Franciszek Rusiecki P705036
    Born 9th March 1924 at Hancewicze, Poland (now Belarus)
    Died 14th February 2012 at Carleton, Nottingham, England

    Wireless Operator/Air Gunner
    Sgt Roman Potasinski P703786
    Born 12th January 1913

    This crew flew about 20 missions together at the latter end of the War (1944/45) but seem to have attracted little documentary attention other than the Operational Record Book reports on their activities. Even photographs are in short supply. I have a confirmed photograph of Sgt Rusiecki and a possible photograph of W/O Boba but none of any of the others.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    When faced with a similar problem, I was advised to do two things: first, approach the Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum at 20 Princes Gate London and second, go through the nominal roll of Polish air force personnel which will summarise their service.

    In the first case, the enquiry brought forth summaries taken from the personal files of the men I sought - one of whom incidentally was Szrajer and the other a warrant officer, who was probably the most decorated airman of the war and who died most tragically when standing in a bus queue in London.

    As to the second, unless somebody beats me to it, I will post information from the nominal rolls in a few hours.

    However, I'm sure the active Polish members on this site will give you much more.

    Colin Cummings

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    As promised, I have checked the nominal roll and have found all these men listed. However, only the briefest of information is recorded as listed on Post1. There is against some of the name a request for more information but it seems as though as a crew, they had little more recorded about them.

    it seems that after service in the RAF, they went their separate ways.

    Colin Cummings

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    I've just posted and my post has got lost!!

    No further information found in the nominal roll, although several names have a request for more information.

    Colin Cummings

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldduffer View Post
    I've just posted and my post has got lost!!

    No further information found in the nominal roll, although several names have a request for more information.

    Colin Cummings
    Colin,

    Thanks for your efforts, which I appreciate. I could not answer your posts in the usual way because the forum won't let me. I have tried to log in (successfully) several times but I keep getting the you may not ........ message

    Regards
    Neville

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    Colin,

    This is crazy, I had no sooner left the previous message than my privileges were restored!
    Thanks again

    Neville

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    It's the little green men - they're harmless really!

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