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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. W Szafraniec


Wilhelm Szafraniec was born in Cracow, Poland on 1st December 1915 and ecaped to England in early 1940, enlisting in the RAF in February. With training completed, he converted to Hurricanes and joined 79 Squadron at Pembrey in early September 1940, moved to 151 Squadron at Digby on the 12th, to 607 Squadron at Tangmere on the 29th and finally to 56 Squadron at Boscombe Down on 14th October.



He was killed on 23rd November 1940 after colliding with P/O TF Guest during a formation practice near Middle Wallop. Szafraniec was in Hurricane V7569 and Guest, who survived, in Hurricane P2910.

Szafraniec is buried in Amesbury Cemetery, Wiltshire.




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