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Hawker Hurricane Z3186 ZR-. Assigned to 71 Eagle Sqn RAF.
17th May 41. Scrambled early in the morning in Hurricane Mk IIb Z3186 XR* 71 (Eagle) Squadron to intercept Ju88's and He111's coming across the channel.
At 20,000 ft they came across the escorting Bf 109s of JG 53 "Pik As" over the Thames Estuary, F/O Stanley Michel "Mike" Kolendorski turned his aircraft sharply to intercept, but a second pair opened fire on him. A warning was given over the R/T but it was too late.
It would seem that 'Mike' was killed in his cockpit as no attempt to bale out was observed. His squadron colleagues observed his aircraft crash. KIA.



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    No. 71 'Eagle' Squadron

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  • Kirton-in-Lindsey

    Military site : airfield
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Event Location Date
Manufactured Langley, Slough, Slough, Slough SL3, UK October 1940

Built at Hawkers.

Assigned Kirton in Lindsey, Gainsborough, North Lincolnshire DN21, UK 1941 – 17 May 1941

Assigned to 71 Eagle Sqn RAF.

Crashed North Sea 17 May 1941

Shot down by Bf 109's of JG 53 "Pik As", Noordzee, Holland. Pilot F/O S M Kolendorski KIA.

Struck Off Charge SOC Kirton in Lindsey, Gainsborough, North Lincolnshire DN21, UK 18 May 1941

Struck Off Charge

Delivered England, UK November 1941

Delivered to RAF.


Date Contributor Update
24 January 2016 19:50:40 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, description, events, unit associations, person associations, place associations and media associations