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.
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.
Kapitan (Flying Officer) Jan Gebicki.
Starszy Sierżant (Flight Sergeant) Eduard Morawa.
Kapral (Corporal) Tadeusz Egierski.