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     Born on 2 February 1917 in Nowoczerkask on Don. In 1918 he came to Poland, his family settled in Wilno. In 1935 he passed the final certificate exams. He joined the Cavalry Reserve Cadet Officers’ School in Grudziadz, and in the following year he joined the Air Force Cadet Officers’ School in Deblin, from which he graduated in 1938, and was assigned to 1 Air Wing in Warsaw. In September 1939 he was in 112 Fighter Flight, which – together with 111 Fighter Flight – was a part of the Pursuit Brigade III/1 Sqn. On 6 September 1939 he participated in shooting down a German bomber Ju 88. On 17 September 1939 he crossed Romanian border. He reached France via Yugoslavia and Italy. Having completed training, he was fighting in a group of six pilots who were defending industrial facilities in Romorantin. He shot down a He 111 aircraft in air combats. After the armistice he was evacuated to Great Britain and there posted for a short training. On 2 August 1940 he was assigned to No. 303 (Polish) Sqn T. Kosciuszko, in which he fought in the Battle of Britain. On 7 September 1940 he shot down a Do 215 aircraft, and another Do 215 – probably. On 11 September 1940 he shot down again a Do 215 and a Bf 109 fighter, and on 15 September – further Bf 109 aircraft, on that day he was wounded in the air combat with a Bf 109 fighter. In the following months he participated in further kills of Bf 109 fighters; on 20 April and 18 June 1941 – one aircraft, 22 June (one kill and one probably), and on 11 July (probably one Bf 109). On 21 November 1941 he became B Flight commander in No.303 Sqn. On 13 March 1942 pilots of the squadron were escorting an expedition of Boston bombers which had the task to bombard targets in the vicinity of Hazebrouck. Witold Lokuciewski was shot down. He survived thanks to baling out and was taken prisoner by the Germans. From July 1942 till January 1945 he was in a POW camp (Stalag Luft III in Zagan). He was captured during the ”great escape” in Legnica, and had to return to the camp. After liberation, in  April 1945, he returned to Great Britain. He was the last commander of No. 303 Sqn, in which he had started his combat in 1940. He commanded it from 1 February till 9 December 1946, when the squadron was disbanded. He returned to Poland in June 1947. In November 1956 he was mobilized for air service. He worked at many various posts. In 1968 – 1972 he was a military attaché in London. He was a recognized activist of social organizations. He died on 17 April 1990 in Warsaw, and was buried at the Powazki Cemetery. 

 

 

His biography by Bożena Gostkowska was published in Polish in 2007 under the title ‘TOLO - Muszkieter z Dywizjonu 303’ (‘TOLO - Musketeer from 303 Squadron’).

 

 

 

His wartime awards included

the Silver Cross of Virtuti Militari (no. 8824),

the Cross of Valour and Bar,

the Distinguished Flying Cross,

the French Croix de Guerre.

After the war he was awarded the Commander’s

and then Officer’s Cross of Polonia Restituta.







                         01.09.1939     112 Esk.      P.11                                                         0-1/2-0 Ju 87

                         10.06.1940    Klucz Op MS.406                                                     1-0-0 He 111

                         07.09.1940    Dyon 303    Hurricane I P3975    RF-U      17:00          1-1-0 Do 215

                         11.09.1940    Dyon 303    Hurricane I L2099    RF-O      16:00          1-0-0 Do 215

                         11.09.1940    Dyon 303    Hurricane I L2099    RF-O      16:00          1-0-0 Me 109

                         15.09.1940    Dyon 303    Hurricane I P2903    RF-Z      12:00          1-0-0 Me 109

                         20.04.1941    Dyon 303    Spitfire II P7546      RF-T       11:10          1-0-0 Me 109

                         18.06.1941    Dyon 303    Spitfire II P8333      RF-S       183:0          1-0-0 Me 109

                         22.06.1941    Dyon 303    Spitfire II P8333      RF-S       16:10          1-1-0 Me 109

                         11.07.1941    Dyon 303    Spitfire II P8333      RF-S       11:30          0-1-0 Me 109









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