Bogumił Żelakinski

Bogumił Żelakinski
© Polish Wargraves
23 October 1915
26 March 1942, Balgzand
flying officer

Bogumił Żelakinski
Plot XXXI Row A Grave 10.
Earlier grave:
Begraafplaats Huisduinen, Den Helder

Traces of War describes how Wellington IV BH-L (Z1269) took off from RAF Hemswell at 7.40 am on March 26, 1942 for a mission against Essen. The aircraft was intercepted above Den Helder by a night fighter of Oberleutnant Egmont Prinz zur Lippe-Weissenfeld of 5./NJG 2.

During the attack, which took place shortly before half past ten, the crew released the bombs in an attempt to escape. In vain, the aircraft crashed burning to the (south) east of De Kooy airport at 10.27 pm in the Balgzand Wadden area. Two crew members managed to leave the plane with a parachute, but later washed ashore lifeless. The entire Polish crew perrished:

Further details can be found on ZZ-airwar.