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    I am looking for the grave of Sgt Andrzej Kwiecien who was killed on the night of 10th January 1942 when Wellington Bomber Z1082 was shot down off the Dutch Coast. His body was recovered and buried in Huisduinen Cemetery in grave no 135. That graveyard was later cleared of Air Force graves which were moved to Bergen op Zoom Cemetery. Searches of the CWGC show no results for this man. Other Polish Airmen do appear in these searches. Can anyone please suggest how I might find the actual location. Many thanks.

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    Neville,

    This seems to indicate his remains were lost at sea:

    http://niebieskaeskadra.pl/drukuj_airmen.php?id=6020

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    Dave,

    That is what I have always believed but his granddaughter has just contacted me and said he was buried in plot 135 at Huisduinen. I have checked Bergen op Zoom with no result from CWGC but another source states that two of the bodies (unidentified) that were buried there originally, were washed ashore in 1945. I cannot believe that he is one of them as they were washed up more than 3 years after he crashed. I'm afraid that it may just be wishful thinking on her part.

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    Hi Neville,

    The airman buried in Huisduinen Cemetery in grave no 135(?) was (Sgt) Jerzy A. Kwiecinski. Not Sgt Andrzej Kwiecien.

    http://www.zzairwar.nl/dossiers/482.html

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    Thank you Mojmir,

    I can see the similarity in the names and I can understand how this lady was mistaken. I will let her know and I am sure she will be glad to know the truth, even though it will disappoint her that her grandfather was not recovered and that he was not given a proper burial.

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    To Dave and Mojmir,

    Before I had even had the chance to pass on this detail, Andrzej Kwiecien's granddaughter has sent me a scan of a page from a document held at the Sikorski Museum in London and this states that it is Kwiecien buried in that grave and indicates that Kwiecinski has no known grave. The document dates back to 1952 and this may be just a mistake or it really puts the cat among the pigeons!

    I am not able to add pictures to this site but if either of you would like to see the document, I would be happy to email a copy to you.

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    Neville

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    Thank you very much, Neville. I am sending PM.

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    Hi Neville,

    Unfortunately Sgt Jerzy A. Kwiecinski nor Sgt Andrzej Kwiecien haven‘t known graves.

    From six airmen from Wellington Z1269, 300 (Polish) Sqn

    F. Jakubowski, W. Stachurski, B. Uszpolewicz and B. Żelaziński are buried in Bergen op Zoom Cemetery:

    http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead.aspx?cpage=1

    J. Kwieciński and T. Niemeczek can be there…

    http://www.polishwargraves.nl/ned/z1269.htm
    http://www.polishwargraves.nl/ned/0156.htm
    http://www.polishwargraves.nl/ned/0171.htm

    From six airmen from Wellington Z1082, 304 (Polish) Sqn, 10 January 1942, nobody was buried.

    The entire crew were lost, they were: F/O Janusz Augustyn Kurek, Sgt Andrzej Kwiecien, Sgt Stanislaw Obiorek, Sgt Boleslaw Kazimierz Patek, Sgt Adam Rogowski and Sgt Alojzy Sankowski. Luftwaffe records show it was shot down by Lt Adolf Kaiser 6./NJG2 Over Wadden Sea near Terschelling at 22.00 hrs.

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    Hello Mojmir,

    I have to agree that it is most likely NOT Andrzej Kwiecien but that is difficult to explain to his grand daughter! Terschelling is also quite a long way North and you would have thought they (the crew of Z1082)were more likely to be buried on that island or on Texel - if they had been found.

    Thanks for all the information

    Regards
    Neville

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