Re: 1944 Unaccounted Airmen Reconciliation Thread
And on to the Poles, courtesy of the Polish Heritage Society. First batch:
Kapral Stefan KACZMAREK (P/782195) - he died when the tractor he was driving across the runway at Predannack was struck by a taxying aircraft.
Szeregowiec Jozef MISIEJUK (P/783917) - died at Edinburgh Hospital, no further details. However the Statutory Deaths Register on the Scotland's People website has some more detail, and it records that he died at the Paderewski Hospital due to atrophia hepatis acuta flava [acute liver failure], from which he had been suffering for 15 days.
Starszy Szeregowiec-Podchorazy Walenty GRABSKI - no details, but the National Probate Calendar records that he died at Gallowhill Hospital, near Morpeth.
Starszy Sierzant Jozef WOASEWICZ - should this be 782784 Josef WOLASEWICZ, killed in an air raid on Faldingworth on March 4th, not 14th?
Podpulknownik Bohdan KLECZYNSKI (P/0054) - the PHS has a very detailed entry for him:
Born in Kiev. - In June 1919 he joined the Polish Army, served in the 5th Uhlan Regiment. After graduating from the Officer Infantry School in 1923, he was promoted to officer. He served successively in the 12th and 61st Infantry Regiments. In the years 1925–26 he attended a pilot course at the Pilot School in Bydgoszcz. After completing the course, he remained at school and served as a pilot instructor and lecturer. In the years 1931–1933 he studied at the Higher Military School in Warsaw. In November 1935 he became a platoon commander in the 53rd squadron accompanying 5 PL in Lida. In 1936 he was directed to study at the Ecole Superieure de Guere in Paris. He graduated in August 1938. After returning to Poland, he became a lecturer at the College of War in Warsaw. In September 1939, he was an operational officer in the army staff of the Modlin Army - on October 24, 1939, after escaping from German captivity, he crossed the Polish-Slovak border. Through Hungary he went to France, from where he was evacuated to Great Britain. After training on equipment British served in 305 Sqn of the "Wielkopolska Region" performing a combat tour. He commanded this squadron from April 4 to August 9, 1941. Due to poor health, he was transferred to the Air Force Inspectorate. On February 13, 1942, he was released from aviation. In March 1942, he was appointed an air attaché at the Polish Embassy in Washington. After returning to the UK, he was head of science at the Peebles College of Aviation. He died at the Paderewski Hospital in Edinburgh after a road accident.
Kapral-Podchorazy Wladyslaw Karol MICHON (P/705622) - killed in Tiger Moth T6268, which crashed near Hucknall.
Plutonowy Lucjan HRYNIEWICZ (P/794432) - killed in Mustang FX981, which broke up in the air over the village of Strutt, near Stroud, Glos.
Junak Wlodzimierz Konstantly KUSMIERSKI (P/707845) - admitted to hospital at Heliopolis where he died. No further details.
Starszy Sierzant Marcin MACHOWIAK (P/782453) - killed in Auster MZ254, which crashed for unknown reasons near Southbourne, Sussex. Formerly a member of the Polish Fighting Team, also known as Skalski's Circus.
Porucznik Zdzislaw Ludwik KULPINSKI (P/1359) - died at the RAF Officers Hospital at Cleveleys, Blackpool.
Plutonowy Wkadyskaw WIERNUSZ (P/794741) - died at Glasgow, no further details. However the Statutory Deaths Register on the Scotland's People website has some more detail, and records that he died at 188 St. George's Road, Glasgow, due to tuberculosis of the lungs and exhaustion. He is recorded as a Polish Air Force Pensioner.
Researching R.A.F. personnel from the North East of England