Zeromski, Stanislaw Jozef

Personal Information

Rank P/O
Forename(s) Stanislaw Jozef
Surname Zeromski
Gender M
Age 21
Date of Death 27-02-1942
Next of Kin Son of Stefan and Michalina Żeromski, of Ossowce, Poland

Aircraft Information

Aircraft Vickers Wellington II
Serial Number W5423
Markings SM-R

Memorial Information

Burial/Memorial Country Denmark
Burial/Memorial Place Aabenraaa Cemetery
Grave Reference

IBCC Memorial Information

Phase 1
Panel Number 120

Enlistment Information

Service Number P.1636
Service Polish Air Force
Group 1
Squadron 305 (Ziemia Wielkopolska)
Trade Pilot
Country of Origin Poland

Other Memorials

Location RAF Ingham Heritage Centre, Ingham, Lincolnshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Metal Sculpture, Inscribed Stone Memorials
Memorial Text In memory of all who served at RAF Ingham, including Nos 300, 301, 304 and 305 Polish Sqns
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Location Polish Air Force Memorial, A40 Rdbt, Northolt, Middlesex
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Metal Sculpture, Inscribed Stone Memorials
Memorial Text A memorial to the Polish airmen who were killed during WW2, including Nos 300, 301, 304 and 305 Bomber Sqns
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Location Bawtry Hall, Bawtry, South Yorkshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Inscribed Marble Tablet
Memorial Text In memory of those who did not return 1939 - 1945
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Miscellaneous Information

Born in Ossowce , a small village in Poland. He, and his younger sister, Helena, were brought up in the multicultural region of Podole, which taught them to love their homeland, value freedom and respect others regardless of their background. A boy scout in his schooldays, later a pilot of gliders, he finally fulfilled his dream of becoming a professional military pilot after being accepted to the Polish Air Force Academy in Dęblin, the, so called, School of Eaglets. It was where the World War II met him and he was never to go back home again. After a series of air raids by Luftwaffe in 1939 all the staff and the students were evacuated to Hungary and by various routes through Romania, Yugoslavia, Greece, probably Syria most of them, including Stanisław Żeromski, got to France, to the military camp in Caussade and then to the station in Lyon-Foire. Eager to fight for the freedom of their homeland now occupied not only by Germans but also Soviets, he, with most Polish pilots, got to Great Britain on board Arandora Star. His route in Britain led through Liverpool, Kirkham, Weeton, Blackpool to 18 Operational Training Unit in Bramcote and Bittleswell. On 1 October 1941 he received his officer promotion. Having assembled a crew of 5 airmen, namely Jerzy Jungowski, Kazimierz Pawluk, Czesław Krupa, Józef Kramer, Marian Skubiszewski, he was accepted into No. 305 Bomber Squadron on 8 December 1941. He flew his second Dickie flight on 28/29 January 1942 with captain Stefan Sznidel on an operation against Munster. On 26/27 February 1942, again as second pilot, he flew on a night operation against Kiel on board Wellington II W5423 SM-R.

Casualty Pack Number Find Out More

AIR 81/12412 (P366489/42)

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Last Operation Information

Start Date 26-02-1942
End Date 27-02-1942
Takeoff Station Lindholme
Day/Night Raid Night (84% moon)
Operation Kiel
Reason for Loss Hit by flak and then possibly finished off by Lt. Paul Szameitat of 8./NJG3 1km North West of Tonder (Robbe) at 22:15. Crashed and exploded near Tonder, Denmark. All of the crew perished and were found close to the wreckage. They were buried on 5 March 1942 with a full military honours by Danish and German officials. The Wehrmacht provided a guard of honour with and laid wreaths.

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