Accident Avro Lancaster B Mk I NG269,
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Date:Tuesday 8 January 1946
Type:Silhouette image of generic LANC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Avro Lancaster B Mk I
Owner/operator:300 (Ziemi Mazowieckiej) Sqn RAF
Registration: NG269
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Normanby-le-Wold, West Lindsay, Lincolnshire, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF Faldingworth, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:RAF Faldingworth, Lincolnshire
Avro Lancaster B. Mk. I NG269 (BH-K) of 300 (Polish) "Land of Masovia" Bomber Squadron, RAF. (Polish: 300 Dywizjon Bombowy "Ziemi Mazowieckiej")

Crashed and destroyed on night of 8/9-1-1946: While returning to RAF Faldingworth following a training sortie, the pilot was unable to locate the airfield while flying in adverse weather conditions, and was unable to contact ground to get a 'fix; on his position, due the failure of the radio communication systems. While flying at a too low altitude, the aircraft hit a tree and crashed in flames in a field located in Normanby-le-Wold, West Lindsey, Lincolnshire (at Approximate co-ordinates 53.441087°N 0.311015°W). Four members of the seven crew were killed, while three others were injured.

Crew (300 (Polish) Squadron RAF):
F/Sgt Wladyslaw Robaszewski, (Pilot) Service Number P/792391) - Killed in Active Service 8/1/46
F/O Witold Jan Brodzikowski,(Navigator) Service Number P/2506) - Killed in Active Service 8/1/46
W/O Roman Rozga, (Air Gunner) Service Number P/782342) - Killed in Active Service 8/1/46
F/Sgt Wladyslaw Kordys, (Air Gunner) Service Number P/704802) - Killed in Active Service 8/1/46
F/Sgt Lucjan Binek, survived but injured
F/Sgt Edward Grzegorzewski, survived but injured
Sgt Wladyslaw Sawicki, survived but injured

All four crew fatalities were buried at Newark-upon-Trent Cemetery, War Graves Section, in adjacent graves 323-326. The fact that the date of death was recorded as 8 January 1946 indicates that the aircraft crash, and thus the four fatalities were killed, before midnight on that day. The mission was to take off on the evening of 8-1-46, and return on the early morning of 9-1-46.

Normanby le Wold is a village and civil parish in the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It is in the Lincolnshire Wolds, about 5 miles (8.0 km) south from the town of Caistor, and 17 miles (27 km) north-east from the city and county town of Lincoln. It is in the civil parish of Claxby by Normanby. Close to Normanby le Wold village is a trig point marking the highest point in Lincolnshire, 551 feet (167.9 m) above sea level. This area is known as Wolds Top.


1. Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents. Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.28 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Final Landings: A Summary of RAF Aircraft and Combat Losses 1946 to 1949 by Colin Cummings p.30
5. 300 (Polish) Sqn RAF ORB: National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR27/
6. "RAF Write-offs 1946": Air Britain Aero militaria 1979 p.93:

History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft
13 June 1944 LL807 300 (Ziemi Mazowieckiej) Sqn RAF 7 IJsselmeer near Urk, Overijssel w/o
19 July 1944 PB171 300 (Ziemi Mazowieckiej) Sqn RAF 8 North Sea off Noord-Holland w/o
29 January 1945 PB846 300 (Ziemi Mazowieckiej) Sqn RAF 3 Berneck w/o

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
23-May-2010 12:04 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Other fatalities, Nature]
23-May-2010 12:06 TB Updated [Operator]
07-Oct-2018 23:44 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
08-Oct-2018 21:09 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Location]
03-Nov-2019 02:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
03-Nov-2019 02:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
03-Nov-2019 02:49 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
03-Nov-2019 09:07 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]
04-Nov-2019 07:11 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]
04-Jun-2021 22:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
19-Jul-2023 22:05 Nepa Updated [[Source, Narrative]]
29-Jul-2023 16:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [[[Source, Narrative]]]
29-Jul-2023 17:53 Nepa Updated [[[[Source, Narrative]]]]

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