Josef Gawkowski - Mottram Air Crash

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St Michael & All Angels Church (Cemetery)

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Metal Bronze
Lettering: Raised
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Bronze Plaque with a representation of his aircraft at the top. The memorial is beside the entrance gate to the cemetery, on a plinth. All lettering is raised. Josef Gawkowski is buried in the Polish sector of Newark CWGC cemetery.
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MOTTRAM AIR CRASH/This plaque commemorates the untimely death of the young Polish pilot Josef Gawkowski/who died in a plane crash in the Longdendale Valley on the afternoon of Sunday 19th July 1942/ At just twenty years old, Pilot Gawkowski was flying a small 'Miles Mastewe Mark III, training/aircraft from the Newton Airfield near Nottingham over to Glossop and Longdendale/ Eyewitnesses have told of the deafening roar as the aircraft swept over the rooftops of Mottram/The pilot circled the village a couple of times before making a right turn, clipping a pylon wire/with his aircraft wing. The aircraft then nose dived and crashed in the gully below Mottram./ All who witnessed the sight on that fateful summer afternoon have never forgotten the small/yellow plane and its dashing young pilot./ This event was recorded by Alan Jones, who unveiled this plaque on the 16th day of/March 2006 along with Councillor SR Oldham CBE, Executive Leader, Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council.

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