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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. W Kosarz


Wilhelm Kosarz was born on 20th June 1908 in Poland. It is not clear as to his service in the Polish Air Force but he was one of many airmen that made their way to England after the German invasion.

He joined 302 Squadron at Leconfield on 20th August 1940. To convert to Hurricanes he was sent to 5 OTU Aston Down on 2nd September and returned to 302 on the 26th.

He hit a balloon cable at Langley in bad visibility on 15th October and lost 14 inches from his starboard wing. He then landed safely at Heston.

Kosarz was shot down in flames by a Me109 over Maidstone on 8th November 1940. He baled out but fell dead at Mayfield after his parachute caught fire. His Hurricane, P3538, crashed inverted and
burned out at Pennybridge Farm, Mayfield Xavierian College.

He is buried in Northwood Cemetery.

Kosarz was awarded the KW (gazetted 31st October 1947).

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