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Title: Stanislaw Nowacki killed in WW2
Post by: Elliven on Sunday 21 February 21 11:31 GMT (UK)
Can anyone please help with information on this Polish airman whose aircraft crashed into the sea on 14th January 1944.  His body was found in the sea off Porlock, Somerset in early February 1944 and his squadron records show that his funeral was held on or about 14th February in Weston Mill cemetery, Plymouth.  His death was recorded in Exmoor district and the reference I have is Volume 15c Page 315.  Does anyone know where the body was landed and by which vessel or fishing boat.  Many thanks.
Title: Re: Stanislaw Nowacki killed in WW2
Post by: *Sandra* on Sunday 21 February 21 11:35 GMT (UK)
http://ww2talk.com/index.php?threads/burial-of-downed-airman-in-plymouth.89044/#post-920229

FIND A GRAVE

Stanislaw Nowacki - 1908 - 1944

   
Weston Mill Cemetery and Crematorium
Plymouth, Plymouth Unitary Authority, Devon, England
PLOT   R.C. Plot Section C Grave 10929.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/88881069/stanislaw-nowacki

This aircraft was lost during a normal training flight between Predannack and Cardigan Bay in Wales; the reasons are unknown.  All five (?) crew were lost.  Sergeant Krzywon had previously survived a crash in W5720 which was shot down by flak in October 1941.  The entire crew were lost, they were: F/Lt Waclaw Chomka, F/Lt Wiktoryn Ciechanowski,  F/O Stanislaw Nowacki, F/Sgt Tadeusz Krzywon and  Sgt Wlodzimierz Druciak.

https://304squadron.blogspot.com/2010/02/final-crop-of-casualties.html

Sandra
Title: Re: Stanislaw Nowacki killed in WW2
Post by: Elliven on Sunday 21 February 21 12:22 GMT (UK)
Thank you Sandra,

The 304 Blogspot quote is from my own site!  I thought I had this crash tied up until I discovered that he was buried in Plymouth but his body was brought ashore somewhere in the Porlock area.  Even though he was based at Predannack, the Polish bodies were usually taken to Newark, Notts for burial. I sense a story here so I am trying to find out which boat brought him ashore.  I don't know the area but I don't think the large naval vessels could have come into the small ports in the area - so I thought it might have been a local fishing boat that picked him up.  There will now be few, if any, people now living who remember it so I will have to rely on family memories or just possibly a newspaper report.  Thanks for your interest.
Neville
Title: Re: Stanislaw Nowacki killed in WW2
Post by: *Sandra* on Sunday 21 February 21 12:38 GMT (UK)
Sorry didn't have any luck with newspapers.

Sandra
Title: Re: Stanislaw Nowacki killed in WW2
Post by: Elliven on Sunday 21 February 21 13:00 GMT (UK)
Probably censorship prevented the story from being told.  They were practising a new method of photographing the results of attacks on submarines.  This was achieved by dummy attacks on British submarines at night and a new method of recording the attacks and assessing the results was being developed.  The authorities would not want that to be known so they probably suppressed the story.
Title: Re: Stanislaw Nowacki killed in WW2
Post by: *Sandra* on Sunday 21 February 21 13:58 GMT (UK)


http://www.rafcommands.com/database/serials/details.php?uniq=HF198
Title: Re: Stanislaw Nowacki killed in WW2
Post by: Elliven on Sunday 21 February 21 15:43 GMT (UK)
The incidental information is tantalising!  Would there have been any sort of Coroner's Inquest or Police report on the body?  Although it was wartime and such reports/enquiries would be cursory at best, it is just possible they might mention the boat (or its skipper's name) that landed the body.
Title: Re: Stanislaw Nowacki killed in WW2
Post by: *Sandra* on Sunday 21 February 21 15:53 GMT (UK)
I would have thought there must have been some sort of enquiry.

Sandra
Title: Re: Stanislaw Nowacki killed in WW2
Post by: ShaunJ on Sunday 21 February 21 16:05 GMT (UK)
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I thought I had this crash tied up until I discovered that he was buried in Plymouth but his body was brought ashore somewhere in the Porlock area.  Even though he was based at Predannack, the Polish bodies were usually taken to Newark, Notts for burial.


There are 25 Polish personnel amongst the WW2 military burials at Plymouth (Weston Mill) cemetery.

https://www.cwgc.org/visit-us/find-cemeteries-memorials/cemetery-details/2086001/Plymouth%20(Weston%20Mill)%20Cemetery/
Title: Re: Stanislaw Nowacki killed in WW2
Post by: Elliven on Wednesday 24 February 21 12:57 GMT (UK)
Thank you

Only two of them are airmen from 304 Squadron.  Stanislaw Nowacki, whose body was taken from the sea near Porlock, Somerset and a member of the ground crew who was killed in a cycling accident.  This is odd because most Polish airmen were taken to Newark for burial wherever they died in the UK.  My big task now is to find out exactly where the body was landed (I know it was near Porlock).  I would also like to find the name of the vessel or fishing boat who actually found the body.