The Airmen's Stories - F/Lt. W Pankratz
Wilhelm Pankratz was born on 1st October 1903 in Lomianki, Warsaw, Poland. He was commissioned in the PAF before the war and served at the Air Force Academy at Deblin from 1928 to 1938. After the German invasion he was one of the first Polish airmen to escape to England, arriving in late 1939.
He was commissioned in the RAF in January 1940. Pankrantz was posted from 18 OTU to 6 OTU Sutton Bridge and arrived there on 23rd June 1940. After converting to Hurricanes he joined 145 Squadron at Tangmere on 16th July.
Pankratz was reported 'Missing' after a combat south of the Isle of Wight on 12th August 1940 in Hurricane R4176.
He is remembered on the Polish Air Force Memorial at Northolt.
Pankratz was awarded the KW (gazetted 1st February 1941).