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aplogies for the framing of this next one.
almost forgot I had this one
Photo No 1:
ZA WOLNOSC = For Freedom. Just for those who were wondering.
I was and many thanks for filling in the gap
I took these photographs on the 50th anniversary of the 1944 uprising.
Saw one of our eminent members speaking on Calendar TV this evening concerning the Polish airmen that served during the Battle of Britian.
A timely date to remember !
I wonder if any member(s) could give me some basic directional instructions how to get to this site. I would be travelling down along the A46 from Lincoln . . .
I am in contact with a lady whose mother knew one polish airmen really well and after enquiring about him was duly informed he had been killed returning from a training flight in Feb. 1946.
Lady believes from records that he is buried here and would very much like to visit the grave site ...
Able, you are best off coming in off the A1 Balderton exit, its the exit just after you see the Lightning heading south. The go into Newark on the B6326 and it is on that road. Flashearth location for the polish graves in the cemetery here;
Hope this helps
I did a quick google maps search for Polish war cemetary Newark and found it, that may help you as well.
If you are looking for a specfic grave, search the CWGC site by cemetry, there are 500+ names listed for Newark
Good luck in your search
Lest We Forget
Many thanks to all for helping with the location, we got there pretty much, straight forward.
Recently helped a lady trying to trace a friend of her mums who flew with 300 Squadron at Faldingworth.
Crew were Polish and were killed on 4th FEBRUARY 1946. Please note the date !
I would like to discover if there are any publications of crashes POST-WAR that would acertain the crew trade at the time of the crash which occurred during a practise flight in bad weather. The crash happened near to Leicester. Pretty sure it would have been a Lancaster but only FIVE gravestones were identified at the Cemetery.
Any pointers would be apprecaited
Do you have an example surname Ian? I've got a book which lists all the PAF dead 1939-46. There is usually a cross reference to multi-death crashes in it. Maybe two survived or were buried elsewhere. It's in Polish but I should be able to glean something from it.
M - Here are the details of each Polish airman.
R.Sulinski DSO DFC (37 yrs old)
C.K. Sulgut (27 years old)
W.R. Jedrzejezyk (30 years old)
F. Mikula (25 years old) St Sierz
W. Brzezinski (27 years old) 793023 W/O (Wireless officer)
M. Szwandt ( 28 years old) Sierz
All were part of 300 squadron and died 4th February 1946. Crashed in bad weather at Wingston Magna a few miles south of Leicester.
Buried 7th February 1946 at 2.30 pm.
Wing Commander Commanding was B. Jarkowski No. 300 (Polish) Squadron
I can't add much to what you've already got:
P-76647 W/Cdr Romuald Sulinski Pilot
P-2930 F/O Kazimierz Czeslaw Sulgut ppor.strz. (pres trainee)
P-2516 F/O Ryszard Wladyslaw Jedzejczyk por. nawig (pres Nav)
P-783490 F/Sgt Feliks Mikula Flt Eng
P-793023 W/O Waclaw Brzelinski Radio/Op
P-794532 W/O Michal Szwandt Bomb Aimer
in PA269. Only five are listed, so I presume only five were aboard. Slight differences in spelling, going by what is printed.
Oops! Make that six, not five. Duh! I've had a hard day.
That has been a great help and the lady concerned wishes to pass on her most grateful 'Thanks'
Wreckage was discovered in 1973 during building work at the crash site. There is a plaque in memory of the crew at a school in Wigston. It was a grammar school then, I think, but not sure what it is called now. Wigston is not a big place so it shouldn't be difficult to find the location.
Just found the serial. It was PA269 based at Faldingworth.
Sixtieth anniversary commemoration service at Wigston in 2006 showing the plaque dedication ;
Full story of crash with excellent detail from Page 6 onwards ;
Hello Able Mabel,
My name is Peter and I am able to provide a great deal of help on this subject.
I am English and I have a Polish wife.
My wife's fathers brother was F/Sgt Feliks Mikula who was the flight engineer on PA269.
Three years ago I took my wife to England and we went to All Saints Church of England Primary School in Wigston Magna.
They have a memorial plaque for the aircrew and also a memorial garden.
The then headteacher, Mrs Mary Lawson, gave my wife a book of information to give to her father.
It contains everything that the school has found out and has documented about the crash.
They hold 2 services a year, on the the 4th of February and also on the 11th November.
I send a memorial wreath on both occassions with the names of Feliks Mikula and also with the names of the other crew members.
We have also visited the graves in Newark and have photos of all six graves.
The six graves are all in a line at the back left hand corner of the Polish War Graves area.
That means that when looking at the correct row, they are the 1st 6 graves counting from left to right.
I am currently helping a school in Poland.
They want to remember the lives of former pupils.
In a series of coincidental events, they came across the name of Feliks Mikula.
This then lead them to me.
The headmaster is now converting a classroom into a Model Aircraft Studio / Workshop for powered models.
This facility will be available to all of the school children in the town of Ostrow Wielkopolski in Poland.
The Studio / Workshop is to be named after FELIKS MIKULA.
It will be officially opened by dignitaries on the 4th Feb 2012, which is the anniversary of the Lancaster crash.
One of their projects will be to build a flying model of the Lancaster PA269 with the correct call-sign of BH-U on the fuselarge.
I am sure that if anybody with knowledge, experience or resource assets is willing to help them in any way, then the school would be very grateful.
I am more than happy to help establish intial communications.
My email address is email@example.com
Able Mabel, I would very much like to contact the lady that you helped with information about Lancaster PA269.
Would you please be so kind as to help me in establishing the initial communicaions with her. Thank you.
Thanks to everybody for their time and attention.
Thanks also in advance for any help that I might get.
Best regards, Peter
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