The Airmen's Stories - P/O W Krepski
Walenty Krepski was born on 30th July 1917 in Czelabinsk (Chelyabinsk), Russia.
It is known that he served in the Polish Air Force but his service is currently undocumented as is how he made his way to England. He arrived in January 1940 and was commissioned in the RAF on the 27th at RAF Eastchurch.
(Above image courtesy of the Sikorski Institute)
He moved on to the Polish Wing at 3 School of Technical Training at Blackpool on 1st June 1940 and was posted from there to No. 1 School of Army Co-Operation, Old Sarum for the 3rd Polish Pilots Course for testing and grading. This ran from 22nd to 29th July, after which he went to 7 OTU Hawarden.
He converted to Spitfires and joined 54 Squadron at Hornchurch on 23rd August 1940 and made his first flight with the squadron that day.
Krepski failed to return from an operational sortie over the Flamborough area on 7th September. It is believed that he lost his bearings due to R/T failure and crashed into the sea, in Spitfire R6901.
Krepski was 23. He is commemorated on the Polish Air Force Memorial at Northolt.