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    SP80LNW - SO80LNW

    Radio Amateurs members of the Dobrzycki Klub Krotkofalowcow, SP3PDO will be active using special call signs SP80LNW and SO80LNW from Dobrzyca, Poland.
    They will operate on HF Bands.
    QSL via SP3PDO.
    Information from their QRZ page:
    On August 4, 1944, an RAF Liberator plane was shot down over the Niepołomice Forest

    Supplies to the insurgents fighting in Warsaw were carried out by air. Planes of the 1586th Special Operations Squadron took off from Brindisi. After the drop, they had to return to Italy by the shortest route possible, because the Soviet military command did not agree to use front-line airfields.
    On August 4, a Liberator KG 890GR-S plane took off from the Brindisi airport with a crew of: pilots - Capt. Zbigniew Szostak, plat. Józef Bielicki; navigator: captain Stanisław Daniel; radiotelegraphist: plat. Józef Witek; bombardier: plat. Tadeusz Dubowski; flight engineer: plat. Wincenty Rutkowski; gunner: plat. Stanisław Malczyk - on board.

    After completing the assigned mission - airdrop near the square. Krasiński in Warsaw, the plane on its way back to the base was attacked by German fighters over the Niepołomice Forest. Accurate hits by German Lufftwaffe ace Gustav Eduard Fracsi damaged the plane. Liberator commander, Capt. Zbigniew Szostak ordered to leave the burning plane. Unfortunately, the parachutes of the pilots jumping from the low-altitude Liberator did not open. They all died. Platoon leader Rutkowski also died. He managed to open his parachute, but was shot by a German pilot.
    Soldiers of the local Home Army unit of Captain Stanisław Sasak ("Wir") wanted to secure the bodies of the Liberator crew members and equipment. However, the local population from Nieszkowice stole whatever they could carry. Later, the partisans took back the stolen property, including the pilots' personal belongings. Despite the ban issued by the Germans, a ceremonial funeral was organized at the cemetery in Pomistrzów. A birch cross made by peasants from the village of Zawady was placed on their graves.
    After the war, the bodies were moved to Krakow and buried in the Rakowicki Cemetery, in the military part, in the quarters of pilots carrying out the mission of helping the Warsaw Uprising.

    A replica of the B-24 J Liberator, made of aluminum sheet and supplemented with original parts of the downed plane, became part of the exhibition at the Warsaw Uprising Museum.
    On August 15, 1944, just after midnight, the "Liberator" plane crashed on the hills of the village of Nieszkowice Wielkie near Bochnia. Polish pilots were returning from a flight over Warsaw, where they made a successful airdrop over Krasińskich Square, which was taken over by the fighting insurgents. The heroic attitude of the "Liberator" pilots and the tragedy that occurred in this place are commemorated by the local community every year on August 14.

    73 Al 4L5A