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Crash site of Spitfire P8596-RF-V

cest raf squadron
Unit: 303 Squadron
Aircraft: Spitfire
Code: P8596-RF-V
Base: Nortolt
Mission: Patrol
Crew officer: Major Lapkoski Walaw
Incident: Shot down by German fighter

Location: (Prov. West-Vlanderen)



On 2nd July 941 Lapkowski was leading 303, in Spitfire P8596-RF-V, flying with the Polish Wing escorting Blenheims to Lille. They were attacked in mid-Channel by fifty Me109’s coming down from a higher altitude.
Lapkowski was shot down. His body was washed ashore and he is buried in Lombardsidje Communal Cemetery.

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