Pawel Kowalewicz

Polish Sergeant Pawel Kowalewicz served in R.A.F. 304 (Land of Silesia) Squadron at his time of death in Éire on 20th December 1943. His grave is in Belfast.

Flight Sergeant

Pawel Kowalewicz


Flight Sergeant Pawel Kowalewicz (P-703968) served in a Polish squadron of the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. He was born on 9th February 1917 in Piaski Stare, Poland. Before the outbreak of the Second World War, he trained as a wireless operator with the Polish Air Force.

Kowalewicz joined R.A.F. 304 (Land of Silesia) Squadron, one of several Polish outfits serving alongside the Royal Air Force.

Fatal flight over Éire

Flight Sergeant Pawel Kowalewicz was a wireless operator on Vickers Wellington HF208 when it took off from R.A.F. Predannack, Cornwall, England on 20th December 1943. The Coastal Command bomber experienced difficulties and ended up in airspace over neutral Ireland. It came down near Arraglen at Mount Brandon in Co. Kerry killing all six Polish crew members. Kowalewicz was 26 years old.

Remembering the crew of HF208

Last Name First Name(s) Rank Role Information
Adamowicz Klemens Flight Sergeant Pilot R.A.F. P-780537.
Czerniowski Stanislaw Flight Sergeant Co-Pilot R.A.F. P-794362.
Kowalewicz Pawel Flight Sergeant Wireless Operator R.A.F. P-703968.
Kuflik Pawel Naftali Hirsz Flight Sergeant Navigator R.A.F. P-794712.
Lugowski Kazimierz Flight Sergeant Air Gunner R.A.F. P-703438.
Pietrzak Wincenty Flight Sergeant Air Gunner R.A.F. P-782657.

Flight Sergeant Kowalewicz’s grave is in the War Graves Group Section A, Row LG, Grave 47 of Milltown Cemetery, Belfast.

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