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Wellington X HE768 shot down over the North Sea 15/8-1943.
The aircraft belonged to PAF (RAF) 300 Sqn Bomber Command and was coded BH-N.
T/O 20:57 Ingham. OP: Gardening off the Frisian Islands.
Four minutes before reaching the target area the starboard engine caught fire.
The operation was however continued, but 20 minutes later HE768 was attacked by
a German night fighter and crashed into the North Sea off Borkum at 23:50 hours.
Pilot F/S M. Rech and W/Op-Air Gnr. F/S C. Poddany survived and managed to get
into the aircrafts dinghy in which they drifted for eight days before being
sighted and rescued by the German Kriegsmarine to become POW.
Rech was sent to
Stalag IVB Mühlberg a.d.Elbe and later to Stalag Luft VI Heydekrug and Stalag
Luft IV Gross Tychow while it is not clear where Paddany went in the first
place. It is however known that he joined Rech at Heydekrug and Gross Tychow.
Observer F/O J. Roubo and Air Gnr. Sgt L. Blazejewski have no known grave and are
commemorated at the Polish Air Force Memorial at Northolt.
The body of Wop/Air Gnr.
Sgt Jozef K. Martyniec was found washed ashore by Receiver of Wrecks Anton Stage
in Beach Area 17 at Vedersø on 23/9. He was laid to rest in Lemvig cemetery on
It should be noticed that two Wellington bombers was lost on this night and that
Leutnant Heinz Grimm of 12./NJG 1 claimed two Wellingtons off Vlieland at 00:07
and 00:36 hours.
(Via Wojtek Matusiak)
Sources: BCL, Report Ringkøbing police, BL, TW, Wojtek Matusiak.
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