RAF bomber found in Poland

Discussion in 'Poland' started by Kyt, Dec 2, 2006.

  1. Kyt

    Kyt Very Senior Member

  2. Paul Reed

    Paul Reed Ubique MOD

    That's fascinating - and thanks for the link. I will be aiming to include 'wargraves in the news' on my new WW2 Cemeteries site; amazing we are still hearing about discoveries after 60-odd years!
     
  3. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Great news for the families.
     
  4. Kyt

    Kyt Very Senior Member

    What suprises me is that the story's been doing the rounds on the net for a while, and it's only been reported on the BBC today.
     
  5. ErikH

    ErikH Senior Member

    Thats very interesting, thanks for the heads up.
     
  6. Stephen White

    Stephen White Member

    It is indeed great news for the families, giving them some closure. It of course also means a "lost crew" finally makes it home. May they finally all now rest in peace.

    Stephen
     
  7. Gerard

    Gerard Seelow/Prora

    Yes indeed and a Halifax into the bargain!
     
  8. marek_pk

    marek_pk Senior Member

    WWII RAF Halifax Aircrew Lost Over Poland

    Aero-News Network: The Aviation and Aerospace World's Daily/Real-Time News and Information Service

    Remains Located By Team In 2006

    Aero-News has learned remains discovered last year of the aircrew from a WWII RAF Halifax bomber -- shot down over Poland in August 1944 while on a special operation at the time of the Warsaw Uprising -- will be buried with appropriate military honors in Krakow, Poland on Thursday, October 4 .............................
     
  9. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    Just a point,RAF crews should not have been running these operations.The Russians stood back and clearly did not want the leadership of the Polish Uprising to take power and form any type of government which would be considered alien to a Stalin type regime.Consequently the Polish Uprising failed.On the plus side the Germans agreed to take their surrender as if the underground army were regular combatants.

    I would think this was the first sign to all Poles that in the post war era,there was little point in returning home.

    It was along haul from liberated Italy throught the Balkans, Central Europe and on to Poland.It was the RAF who diverted No 178 and No 31 Squadrons from the operations taking place for the Allied landing in Southern France to provide night relief flights in order to sustain the resistance in Warsaw while the Red Army stood in front of the gates of Warsaw.
     
  10. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    Further to my post on the Mediterranean based operations.There was some ill feeling that these operations did not qualify for the Aircrew Europe Medal. As one former RAAF pilot of No 70 Squadron put it. "Looking back, a lot of bods gave their lives and when one looks at it today,one sometimes wonders why.No recognition was ever given, yet I flew my bomber over nine European countries on these operations".
     

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