Franciszek Gruszka

Franciszek Gruszka

Birth
Death 18 Aug 1941 (aged 31)
Burial Northwood, London Borough of Hillingdon, Greater London, England
Plot Section H. Grave .202
Memorial ID 20724704 · View Source
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Flight Officer [Polish Pilot] of 65 Squadron, shot down and killed in his Spitfire (R6713) at Stodmarsh, near Canterbury. His Spitfire with his body inside was recovered 35 years later in July 1975. He was buried with full military honours.

NORTHWOOD CEMETERY:
Historical Information: During the two world wars, the United Kingdom became an island fortress used for training troops and launching land, sea and air operations around the globe. There are more than 170,000 Commonwealth war graves in the United Kingdom, many being those of servicemen and women killed on active service, or who later succumbed to wounds. Others died in training accidents, or because of sickness or disease. The graves, many of them privately owned and marked by private memorials, will be found in more than 12,000 cemeteries and churchyards. Many of the 63 Second World War Commonwealth burials at Northwood Cemetery were from the Royal Air Force station at Northolt, the premier fighter station for the defence of London and a famous Battle of Britain station. A wing of the Polish Air Force operated from Northolt at this time and 54 Polish airmen are also buried in the cemetery. Many of the Second World War graves will be found in the war graves plot in section H, the rest are scattered throughout the cemetery. Northwood Cemetery also contains five graves from the First World War.
Number of Identified Casualties: 123.


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  • Maintained by: julia&keld
  • Originally Created by: cookie
  • Added: 1 Aug 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial 20724704
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Franciszek Gruszka (21 Jul 1910–18 Aug 1941), Find a Grave Memorial no. 20724704, citing Northwood Cemetery, Northwood, London Borough of Hillingdon, Greater London, England ; Maintained by julia&keld (contributor 46812479) .