Tuczemski, Jerry Ryszark (No. P2124)

Tuczemski, Jerzy Ryszard

PPOR (Podporucznik, equivalent to Pilot Officer)

No. P2124, 315 (City of Deblin) Polish Fighter Squadron, Royal Air Force

Killed in an aircraft accident on Sunday 22 August 1943 (aged 24)

Buried:

Ballycranbeg (Mount St. Joseph) Roman Catholic Churchyard, Co. Down

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Polish War Memorial at Northolt in London (Panel 73)

BIOGRAPHY

Pilot Officer Jerzy Ryszard Tuczemski (No. P2124) was born on 7 April 1919 and he was killed on 22 August 1943 when his Supermarine Spitfire Mark V aircraft (AB245) crashed during a low-flying navigational training exercise.  He had joined 315 Squadron less than six weeks before the crash.  His aircraft was observed to be experiencing engine trouble prior to flying into the ground on Long Mountain, north-north-east of Rasharkin in County Antrim.

In accordance with Polish custom, he was interred on the third day after his death.  His funeral took place at Ballycranbeg (Mount St. Joseph) Roman Catholic Churchyard and was attended by all members of his Squadron.  An escort party of British personnel was also provided, and Wing Commander Charles Ronald Hancock deputised for the Ballyhalbert Station Commander who was absent on duty.  Full military honours were accorded.

In December 1943 Wing Commander Charles Ronald Hancock OBE, DFC was killed in a flying accident.

Pilot Officer Jerzy Ryszard Tuczemski was 24 when he died, and he is commemorated on Panel 73 of the Polish War Memorial at Northolt in London.