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    Can anyone confirm the coding for this aircraft as it was lost on 14.12.1940 whilst in No.304
    [Polish]Squadron.All 4 aircrew survived.The squadron coding was of course NZ but was the individual letter a T, that is R1268 NZ-T.

    Toml

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    Default Wellington

    When I get home will look this a/c up for you in my Wellington book.... Will flick through and see if there is pic

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    Toml,
    NZ-T is correct from what i've seen.

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    Was Wellington R1268[304 Squadron]coded NZ-T? It was written off on 14.12.1940 whilst in No.304 Polish Squadron in County Durham.The crash is not mentioned in the 304 Sq Operations Record Book.In the station ORB for Syerston the crash is mentioned but no mention of the coding or the individual letter.In the book,304 Squadron by M.Konarski there are 2 photographs of NZ-T,one photo is dated 1941 so this would be the replacement aircraft.The other photo is undated.What other RAF records or Polish records would yield and confirm that Wellington MkIc was coded NZ-T.The 4 aircrew on board all survived the crash on 14.12.1940.
    By chance,I am trying to trace relations of the Pilot-M.Kostuch from the above crash with regard to his pilot's log book.Look forward to your replies.

    Thanks,Toml

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    My suggestion is to contact Polish archives in Sikorski Institute and Museum in London. There is a lot of documentation related to 304th Sqn
    1. LOT.A.V. 36/ 4 - accidents
    2. LOT.A.V.36/5A - training in 1940
    3. LOT.A.V.36/1A - general documentation 1940
    4. LOT.A.V.36/12 - ORB
    5. LOT.A.V.36/18 - monthly reports

    From my side I'll ask Mariusz Konarski, author of "304th Squadron" for his view

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    As promised I've contacted Mariusz Konarski, author of "304 Squadron" .
    This is his explanation: because of bad weather condition and bad visibility Wellington R1268 NZ-T hit the trees near Edmondsley in Durnham area. Pilot F/O Jan Waroczewski - wounded, observer F/Lt Edward Stanczuk - wounded, Sgt Stanislaw Boczkowski - wounded. F/O Marian Kostuch (observer) seriously wounded.

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    Peter S-Thanks for contacting Mariusz Konarski,author of 304 Squadron,on my behalf.
    Could you ask him again or what documents confirm or state that Wellington R1268 was coded NZ-T.Also,as I mentioned in his book there are 2 photographs showing NZ-T.One is dated 1941 which is the replacement aircraft,the other photo is undated-what is the date of this photograph?

    Regards,Toml

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    Default Js Waroczewski

    I have a lot of information on this man, R1268 and R1392. If you are still interested please contact by PM

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    Last edited by Ross_McNeill; 1st February 2010 at 11:59. Reason: email address removed - Ross

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    All indications suggest that the registration was NZ-T but the chances of there being a photograph are remote as the aircraft was only 3 weeks old when it crashed.

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    Hi

    Checked my book. No pics of that one but if anyone is interested there are 4 304 Sqn ones from when they are to quote "webfoot wonders". One is unknown but the others are GRX1V QD-V, HF330 QD-N and HZ258 QD-S

    Can scan and email on request.

    Dee

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