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Wieliczko, Kazimierz Zygmunt

Date of death:
June 2nd, 1942
Buried on:
Polish War Graves Newark-on-Trent
Nationality:
Polish (1918-1945, IInd Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Flying Officer
Unit:
No. 305 (Wielpolska) Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
1942

One night in September, 1941, at 2150 hours, an aircraft crashed on an aerodrome and immediately burst into flames. Ignoring the intense heat, exploding ammunition and 'oxygen bottles, Leading Aircraftman Wieliczko arriving on the scene, assisted in freeing the trapped gunner, a feat which was accomplished by smashing the rear turret with bare hands and breaking the guns from their brackets. With complete disregard for his own safety Leading Aircraftman Wieliczko, whose hands were burned in the process, worked heroically until the airman was saved. He set a very fine example.

Leading Aircraftman Sydney Walter John Green was the other recipient of the George Medal for the same action. His citation:
In recognition of his bravery and sacrifice while trying to recover the Polish crew from burning Wellington from 18 (Polish) OTU which crashed on 29 Sept. 1941 in Bitteswell. Unfortunately the entire crew but the rear gunner perished.
George Medal

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