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    HI,

    Looking for the name of the pilot, and codes/ serial of a Vickers Wellington of 305 (Polish) Squadron that crashed at RAF Manston on August 28th 1942.

    Any help appreciated.

    Steve
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    Hi Steve,

    P-1079 F/L Tadeusz Mieczyslaw CZOLOWSKI PAF. Aircraft quoted here: http://aircrewremembered.com/czolowski-tadeusz.html - as Wellington N1480:SM-N, but N1480 was a Whitley!

    Czolowski awarded a DFC, his 2nd pilot, 783156 Sgt Mieczyslaw SEREDYN, a DFM.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 1st February 2016 at 10:07. Reason: Corrected coding - typo.

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    Guys,
    It was Wellington IV Z1460 SM-N.

    Regards,
    Greg

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    Dear both,

    Was the awards for bringing the Wellington back to Manston ?

    Thanks

    Steve
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    Steve,

    Yes!

    Distinguished Flying Cross.

    CZOLOWSKI, Tadeusz Mieczyslaw. F/L (P1079) 305(P)Sqn.
    Approved: 9/10/1942.
    Joint citation with SGT M SEREDYN. Awarded the DFM.

    On the night of 28th August, 1942, Flight Lieutenant Czolowski and Sergeant Seredyn were 1st and 2nd pilot respectively of a Wellington aircraft detailed to attack a target at Saarbrucken. When nearing the objective, flying at 18,000 feet, the Wellington was subjected to separate attacks by 2 fighters. The first attack was driven off leaving a trail of black smoke. During the second attack the rear gunner in the bomber was mortally wounded whilst the aircraft sustained severe damage and the fuselage filled with smoke from ignited incendiary bombs. Height had been lost to 5,000 feet and the undercarriage, bomb doors and flaps were hanging down and there were no lights. Flight Lieutenant Czolowski jettisoned his bombs and ordered the crew to abandon the aircraft. Sergeant Seredyn volunteered to remain and after assisting others of the crew to abandon the aircraft succeeded in extinguishing the fires. Displaying superb airmanship Flight Lieutenant Czolowski continued the return journey and despite further difficulties which were encountered, returned to base where a crash landing was made successfully. Flight Lieutenant Czolowski and Sergeant Seredyn displayed courage and fortitude worthy of high praise.

    See: Carter/DFC/II/M-Z/pp.1923-4.

    Col.
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    Col,

    Thanks mate, just the ticket.

    Steve
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    Hello ,

    Here some info :
    31/08/1942
    Wellington IV
    Hptm Patuschka Horst 8./NJG 2
    Saarbrücken
    Z-1460 - 305Sqn - SM-N - Hemswell
    F/L Czolowsky Tadeusz ( RTD ) died don 23/02/2012 at Chicago
    Sgt Seredyn Mieczyslaw ( RTD ) co-pilot 783156 10/04/1920 Borek + 17/06/1981 Oleksow Poland
    Sgt Cwiklinski Mieczylaw (POW) gunner 792914 26/09/1920 Porabka + 23/03/1999 Sosnowiec Poland
    Sgt Rueger Stefan Piotr (KIA) tailgunner 794248 01/08/1923 Warschau buried 29/08/1942 Newark UK
    Sgt Kula Franciszek ( EVD ) P782693 04/04/1913 Wiely Bukowiec + 12/03/1948 Newark UK
    F/O Alexandrowicz Henryk (POW) observer P/0240 12/06/1915 Chabarowsk Russia

    Those who bailed out came down at Braine-L’Alleud Belgium

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    Alain12

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