Fairey Battle Mk. I L5499 BH-Y 300 Squadron Crashed 13:10:40

The aircraft was returning from a bombing mission to Boulogne.
On return, the presence of an enemy aircraft caused its base (Swinderby) to be blacked-out. It is believed that whilst attempting a forced landing in fog, the aircraft lost a wheel on touchdown. This resulted in loss of control, the aircraft running into trees at Watchwood Plantation, near Calverton.
Sadly, all 3 crew were killed.

The crew were:

P.76605 Flying Officer Jan GEBICKI Pilot Aged 39

P.780113 Sergeant Eduard MORAWA Observer Aged 35

P.780231 Sergeant Tadeusz EGIERSKI Wireless Operator/ Air Gunner Aged 22

The crew were laid to rest at Nottingham (Wilford Hill) Cemetery.

L5499 - A

The Memorial to the crew at Watchwood Plantation, near Calverton.

The small brass plaque on the cross reads:

F/O - Pilot GEBICKI Jan, Sgt - Obs MORAWA Eduard, Sgt - a/g EGIERSKI Tadeusz
Perished for our and your freedom - 13 October 1940
300 Polish Squadron

The three crewmembers of L5499 are buried side by side at Nottingham (Wilford Hill) Cemetery,
below are photographs of their graves.

L5499 - Gebicki

Kapitan (Flying Officer) Jan Gebicki.

L5499 - Morawa

Starszy Sierżant (Flight Sergeant) Eduard Morawa.

L5499 - Egierski

Kapral (Corporal) Tadeusz Egierski.

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