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Old 31st December 2018, 09:52
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Flying Officer W. Szulkwoski (76749)

At 19:00 hours on Tuesday the 26th of November 1940, Spitfire R6987 was being flown by a Polish Flying Officer W. Szulkwoski (76749) of no.65 East India Squadron.

He was based at RAF Leuchars, and diverted to RAf Dyce where he proceeded to hit Telegraph wires (earlier reports stated a house) before damaging 2 further houses.

Anybody any information on the pilot (first name) and how he faired in the war or what happened to the aircraft?
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Old 31st December 2018, 10:08
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Re: Flying Officer W. Szulkwoski (76749)

I have a Wladyslaw Skulkowski serving in 65 Sqn, claiming a Bf 109 on August 22, 1940 (FC3; CR: Air 50/25-299&300). He was KIA on March 27, 1941 while serving with 315 Sqn. However, his service number is given as 76747, both in my files, and in the CWGC website.

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Old 31st December 2018, 10:48
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Re: Flying Officer W. Szulkwoski (76747)

Thanks Frank

76747 - is the correct no. Apologies.


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Old 31st December 2018, 12:08
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Re: Flying Officer W. Szulkwoski (76749)

Hello ,

F/L Szulkowski Władysław
76747
06.11.1909 Goworowo Ostrołęka Polanddate of birthplace of birthcountycountry
27.03.1941 Liverpool
65, 315 Sqdn
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Old 3rd January 2019, 07:23
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Re: Flying Officer W. Szulkwoski (76749)

Cheers

Anybody got any info on the aircraft

Spitfire R6987
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Old 4th January 2019, 09:16
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Re: Flying Officer W. Szulkwoski (76749)

Hello ,

R6987
Mk Ia EA
FF
20-7-40
8MU
23-7-40 65S
11-8-40 undershot landing struck house
26-11-40 Scottish Aviation 132S
17-7-41 FACB 19-9-41 ros 215MU
23-9-42 City of Lancaster 7-9-43
Portugal 20-11-43

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Old 4th January 2019, 10:22
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Re: Flying Officer W. Szulkwoski (76749)

Thanks Alain57

Was the aircraft lost on Portugal 20-11-43?
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Old 4th January 2019, 11:26
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Re: Flying Officer W. Szulkwoski (76749)

Alain

It seems your details are from the Shacklady/Morgan book?
Their details are not complete and (my opinion) somewhat difficult to read.

The way you have written the details underline my opinion.
Luckily Jim Halley published a very detailed account of the Spitfire Mk Is and here is what he had to say about R6987

8 MU: 23.7.1940
65 Sq: 11.8.1940, undershot night landing and struck house, Dyce, Cat W 26.11.1940 (F/O W Szulkowski - Polish - injured)
Scottish Aviation: 3.12.1940
45 MU: 8.4.1941
132 Sq: 17.7.1941, landed with undercarriage retracted, selected down but failed to check lights, Peterhead, Cat B, 19.9.1941 (Sgt A Stewart OK)
ROS (repaired on site) by Vickers 24.9.1941
repaired date 27.9.1941
132 Sq: 27.9.1941, pilot failed to lock undercarriage down which collapsed on landing, Peterhead, Cat B, 20.10.1941 (P/O F J Sherlock OK)
Scottish Aviation: 1.11.1941 (aircraft awaiting collection 25.3.1942)
45 MU: 12.4.1942
215 MU: 23.9.1942
3 PATP (Packed Aircraft Transit Pool): 25.9.1942
to Portugal (departure) 7.1.1943, arrived 20.1.1943

In Portugal it most likely received serial number 376 and code XZ-G "Escadrille XZ" at Ota(this is deduction only, but from preserved/known details, it seems the Portuguese numbered/coded their Mk I in delivery + ex serial number order!)
This unit later became Escadrille No 3 within the Grupo SupranumerŠrio de Aviac„o de Caca.

Unfortunately the Portuguese records are not as available as the British ones are, and it also seems big pieces are still missing, perhaps never to be found.
With that I have no final fate in Portuguese service for this aircraft.

Finally, I was also a bit intrigued by the use of "City of Lancaster" which I can only assume is a reference to R6987 being a Presentation Aircraft. If it is such a reference at least I cannot locate a single Spitfire so named.

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Old 4th January 2019, 11:59
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Re: Flying Officer W. Szulkwoski (76749)

Stig,

"City of Lancaster""

..........Departed ...................Convoy...................... Arrived
Liverpool, Jan 7, 1943.. KMS.7G (Clyde-Algiers)..Lisbon. Jan 20. 1943.

Convoyweb.org.uk & The Allied Convoy System 1939-1945/Hague/p.163.

For more on Spitfire Ia R6987, see: Spitfire International/Terbeck, van der Meer & Sturtivant/Air-Britain,2002, p.269

Col.
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Old 4th January 2019, 12:05
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Re: Flying Officer W. Szulkwoski (76749)

The format used by Alain seems to me the same that is used by the Spitfire production list available online.

In this case, City of Lancaster is not the name of a presentation aircraft but the name of the ship that brought the Spitfire to Portugal. It left UK as part of the convoy KMS7 going to North Africa, and his destination was Lisbon. See https://www.warsailors.com/convoys/kmsconvoys.html

Edited: Col was faster than me !
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