KLEIN, Zygmunt


rank: F/Sgt
status: kia
airforce: RAF    (no: 780685 )
born: 1918-08-24 Koronowo Poland

added by: Red Dragon

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Zygmunt Klein was born on 24th August 1918 in Koronowo, Poland. In 1936, at the age of 18, he joined the Polish Air Force and underwent flying training in the 4th Air Regiment at Torun, on qualifying he was posted to 142 Squadron 'Mysliwski'. On 3rd September 1939, he shared a Hs126 with three other pilots.

Klein was in action until 17th September when his unit was evacuated to Romania. He then made his way to France. The French Air Force was unable to absorb all the Czech and Polish airmen that arrived in the country and some, including Klein, went on to England to enlist in the RAF. After initial training in the reception centre for Polish airmen at Eastchurch he was posted on 6th August 1940 to 234 Squadron at St. Eval.

Flying a Spitfire, he claimed a Me109 destroyed the next day and a Me110 shared on 4th September. Klein moved to 152 Squadron at Warmwell on 5th October and damaged a Me110 on the 7th. He made a crash-landing near Torquay on 26th November, out of fuel.

Klein was reported 'Missing' two days later, believed shot down into the Channel by Me109's in the Isle of Wight area, in Spitfire P9427-UM-?. It was during this engagement that Flt Lt. John Dundas shot down the German ace Helmut Wick and it is believed that Klein may also have scored hits on Wick.

His body was never recovered and Klein is remembered on the Polish Air Force Memorial at Northolt.

Battle of Britain Monument


Squadrons add
RAF 234 Sqn 1940-08-01
RAF 152 Sqn 1940-10-01


R6896 1940-04-09
R6896 AZ-T 1940-07-09
R6985 flown twice 1940-08-07
N3242 flown 6 times 1940-08-09
P9363 AZ-N 1940-08-15
P9466 1940-08-16
X4023 flown 5 times 1940-08-17
X4035 AZ-G 1940-08-21
N3280 flown twice 1940-08-30
X4036 1940-09-01
R6896 11 sorties, Me110 destroyed 4th Sept 1940-09-01
P9508 1 sortie 1940-09-06
X4251 2 sorties 1940-09-15
R6957 9 sorties 1940-09-17
N3276 1 sortie 1940-09-25
X4355 1 sortie 1940-09-26
X4387 2 sorties 1940-09-26
P9386 1940-10-07
R6968 1 sortie 1940-10-12
P9509 9 sorties 1940-10-13
X4550 1 sortie 1940-10-13
L1048 crashlanded, out of fuel 1940-11-26
P9427 UM-V 1940-11-28


Comments / Questions:

reply: Kevin Charles Remove a Spitfire 2023-04-19 20:16:00

Done. Thanks for letting us know.

reply: Kevin Charles UM-V R6597 not P9427 2023-04-19 21:44:36

I've found the picture of R6597 and I'm inclined to agree with you. From the shadows on the plane it looks like both pictures were taken within a few minutes of each other, so I'm going to remove the photo.

by: Lee Gray UM-V R6597 not P9427? 2018-12-01 19:57:35

Hi, Please can you confirm where you got the information tying Spitfire P9427 to UM-V
Was it from the photo on the Zygmunt Klein page? If so I am not sure if it is correct as there is another photo taken from a different angle of this plane and pilot, taken at the same time which shows the serial number as R6597 UM-V. I do not believe this photo to be of Ziggy

reply: Lee Breeze Remove a Spitfire?? 2023-04-17 18:04:58

Is it possible to remove L1040 from this Pilot's history? It was not even based at the right place.

by: Lee Gray Klein aircraft correction 2019-12-20 14:05:11

152 Sqn ORB shows Spitfire L1048 was the plane Klein crash-landed, out of fuel, on Nov 26th 1940, and not L1040 as shown here.