Flight Sergeant Janek Prochera
F/Sgt Prochera was Polish
airman who made it to England via Romania and the Middle East after his
Squadron had been over run in 1939, he was an air gunner and he joined
156 Squadron in July 1943 after a tour with 100 Squadron. In both
squadrons his pilot was F/Lt McGrath.
flew a total of 93 missions in all for Bomber
Command (plus 5 at the start of the war in Poland) and was awarded
Poland's highest award, the Virtuti Militari for the sheer volume of
Ops prior to joining 156 Squadron:
Aircraft - Lancaster, Pilot - F/L McGrath:
4/3/43 Mine Laying
- Bay of Biscay
- Good Trip
- One motor and two turrets unserviceable.
- Good Show
- Good Show
- Intense Flak and Searchlights
- Circled for 20 mins. 10/10 Cloud. Intense Flak
- Electrical fires during takeoff and bombing run
- Diverted to Wing
- Bombed at 7000 feet. Good Show
- Low Level, shot up ships, villages, & Searchlights. Coned over
- Good visibility. Target ablaze.
- 10/10 Cloud. Flak very accurate.
- Did not Complete
- Hit by Flak
DORTMUND - Heaviest raid to date
DUSSELDORF - Fires scattered
- Night Fighters very active
DUSSELDORF - Flak heavy, four holes. Gee burnt
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