Pawel Naftali Hirsz Kuflik

Flight Sergeant Pawel Naftali Hirsz Kuflik (P-794712) served as a navigator in the Polish Air Force and is buried in the Jewish Cemetery at Carnmoney.

Flight Sergeant

Pawel Naftali Hirsz Kuflik

P-794712

Flight Sergeant Pawel Naftali Hirsz Kuflik (P-794712) served as a navigator in the Polish Air Force and is buried in the Jewish Cemetery at Carnmoney.

Flight Sergeant Pawel Naftali Hirsz Kuflik (P-794712) served in the Polish Air Force during World War Two. Kuflik was born on 4th January 1923 in Cologne, Germany. Both parents were Polish but with German ancestry. Pawel emigrated to the Netherlands in 1939 and from there enlisted in the Polish Air Force.

Billeted to RAF Eastbourne, Sussex, England in 1942, his barracks was the town’s Grand Hotel. In Eastbourne he studied air navigation before studying at an Air Observer School. He studied at this school at RAF Jurby on the Isle of Man from October 1942.

In January 1943, he gained his RAF wings and earned the rank of Flight Sergeant. Further training followed at RAF Squire’s Gate, Blackpool and RAF Silloth, Cumbria. There he joined RAF 304 (Polish) Squadron operating under Coastal Command.

RAF 304 Squadron Vickers Wellington

Imperial War Museum Photo: MH 2307 (Part of the Ministry of Information Second World War Censorship Bureau Library of Press Photographs: Classified Print Collection). Vickers Wellington GR Mark XIV bombers of RAF 304 (Polish) Squadron prepare for take-off in Cornwall.

Wellington HF208 Crash

He was the navigator on board Vickers Wellington HF208 attached to Royal Air Force 304 (Polish) Squadron. The crew’s final flight was on coastal command from RAF Predannack, Cornwall on 20th December 1943.

In poor weather conditions, the plane crashed near Arraglen on Mount Brandon, Co. Kerry killing all six of the crew. Flight Sergeant Pawel Naftali Hirsz Kuflik died aged 20 years old.

Remembering the crew of HF208

Last NameFirst Name(s)RankRoleInformation
AdamowiczKlemensFlight SergeantPilotRAF 304 Squadron.
CzerniowskiStanislawFlight SergeantCo-PilotRAF 304 Squadron.
KuflikPawel Naftali HirszFlight SergeantNavigatorRAF 304 Squadron.
KowalewiczPawelFlight SergeantWireless OperatorRAF 304 Squadron.
LugowskiKazimierzFlight SergeantAir GunnerRAF 304 Squadron.
PietrzakWincentyFlight SergeantAir GunnerRAF 304 Squadron.

Pawel Naftali Hirsz Kuflik’s grave is in the Jewish Cemetery, Carnmoney, Co. Antrim.

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