At the beginning of peace time after the end of the Second World War a Lancaster Bomber, crewed by Polish Airmen, tragically crash landed on what is now All Saints school campus.
We are proud to remember the young Polish men who died; in memory of this fatal event we have a memorial garden in our KS1 playground as a living legacy for our young children at All Saints. On this page you can find out more about our Lancaster Memorial.
On Monday 4th February 1946 a Lancaster Bomber dived from the sky and crashed into a ploughed field in Wigston just yards to the rear of properties on Long Street/Leicester Road and Aylestone Lane.
Those over a certain age who were in the village at the time remember it very clearly while those a touch younger, or later arrivals, have mostly heard at least something about it. It was the subject of an article and follow up in the “Mr. Leicester’ page of the Mercury recently, but some of the contributors’ statements differed, it was time to take a closer look.
Although the war was over things had not as yet returned to normal. Many men remained on overseas duty in the armed forces, prisoners of war were still around working on the land etc. Allied aircrews were flying from operational Royal Air Force bases, the National Fire Service established to deal with the fires and devastation of bombing raids had not been disbanded and of course there was rationing.
The ill fated bomber number Al PA269 was being flown by airmen of 300 Polish Squadron, RAF. It took off from its base at Faldingworth, Lines, on a routine cross country training exercise. On board was Wing Commander R. Sulinski DSO. DFC, pilot, age 37, Flight Officer W. Jedrzejczyk, navigator, age 30, Flight Officer C. Sulgut, air gunner, age 27, Warrant Officer W. Brzezinski, wireless operator, age 27, Warrant Officer M. Szwandt, air bomber, age 28 and Flight Sergeant F. Mikula, flight engineer, age 25.
If you would like further information about the school’s connection with Lancaster Al PA269, please contact the school office directly on 0116 2880013. Thank you.
- Romuald Sulinski KSOVM D.S.O D.F.C
- Pilot and Co
- W.R Jedrzejeczyk
- Flying Officer
- Waclaw Brzezinski
- Warrant Officer / Wireless Operator
- Feliks Mikula
- Flight Engineer
- No Image Currently Available
- Czeslaw K Sulgut
- Flying Officer / Air Gunner
- Michal Szwandt
- Warrant Officer