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    Default Sgt Barcikowski Pilot Poland September 1939

    I know outside the "RAF Commands" normal brief but can anyone identify the Polish pilot "Sgt Barcikowski" from below

    Saturday 16 September 1939 , Daily Gazette for Middlesbrough , North Yorkshire, England

    "Official Polish News Agency in to-day. quoted the example Sgt Barcikowski.
    Who after down a German bomber near Modlin. and though seriously dived into another bomber.
    Both machines burst into flames, but Barcikowski managed escape by parachute. "

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    Paul

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    Paul, Hi,

    Possibly 703816 Sgt Jerzy Witold Barcikowski
    b. 4 Jun 1918 Warsaw
    d. 31 Jan 1944 (Reg Bridgwater 5c 408) buried Bath
    587 Sqn Weston Zoyland Martinet

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    703816 Barcikowski Jerzy Witold 06.04.1918 31.01.1944 26 plut.pch. / Sgt Pilot 587RAF
    > 1,944 killed - RAF Weston Zoyland- "Martinet" -EM412- flight training to cooperate with OPL - the plane crashed near
    Buncombe Wood. - Buried in a cemetery in Haycombe Bath, Somerset (39 / HA / 252) UK

    Above is a translation from Krzystek's original list

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    Thanks for that - If it is indeed Jerzy Witold Barcikowski then he can go on my 'Involvement' list of bale outs up to May 1940

    Now if anyone can confirm the type of plane and date of Sept incident than would be great

    Paul

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    Paul,
    It would seem likely that the Sep 39 incident took place during the battle of Bzura/Kutno:-
    It was the single largest battle in the 1939 September campaign and took place to the west of Warsaw, near the Bzura River. In it, a Polish breakout attack gained initial success but eventually faltered after a concentrated German counterattack. (Wiki).
    The a/c (my guess) would possibly have been PZL P.7 and P.11 (plenty of pix available!) - but you need a historical expert to pronounce on that!
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    Hello,

    Let's spare a thought for Barcikowski's unfortunate R/O., 927273 LAC Alfred George HIGGINS RAFVR, who also died in the crash of Martinet I EM412.

    http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2451270/

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 6th July 2016 at 15:33.

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    Can I ask why, then, at the end of Jan 44, Barcikowski's R/O was only an LAC? I thought that by this stage all NCO aircrew had Sgt (at least) status? But, Col, I agree! They shall not grow old . . . But this LAC (927273) had Enlisted at Uxbridge in Sep 1939. Strange that he should not have progressed further - or had he progressed and then been un-ranked for some reason? Looks like both the occupants of this Martinet might have been 'out of the ordinary'? Col, I would give your back teeth to know the full history of these two!
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    No Polish fighters at the time and place, so I guess it is just a propaganda piece.

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    Franek

    thanks for your expert input to this

    Paul

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