The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. S Karubin
Stanislaw Karubin was born on 29th October 1915 in Warsaw. He joined the Polish Air Force and trained at the NCO School at Bydgoszcz.
After graduating he was posted to 111 Fighter Squadron. On 3rd September 1939 he shot down a Me110. At the end of the campaign he went to France via Romania and Greece, arriving on 23rd January 1940.
He was posted to Groupe de Chasse I/55, tasked with protecting the flying school at Etampes. On 3rd June he destroyed a Do17.
After the capitulation of France he came to England, circumstances unknown, and was enlisted in the RAFVR. From the Polish Wing at 3 School of Technical Training Blackpoool he joined 303 Squadron at Northolt at its formation on 2nd August 1940.
Karubin claimed a Me109 destroyed on 31st August and two more on 5th September. On the 6th he destroyed a He111 but was himself shot down by return fire and crashed at Fletchers Farm, Pembury in Hurricane V7290. He was slightly injured and admitted to Farnborough Hospital.
He rejoined 303 Squadron and on his first operational sortie since 6th September he destroyed a Me109 on the 30th and another on 5th October.
Karubin was awarded the VM (5th Class) (gazetted 23rd December 1940) and the KW (gazetted 23rd December 1940). He was posted to 58 OTU Grangemouth on 7th March 1941 as an instructor and moved later to 55 OTU at Usworth.
On 12th August 1941 Karubin was killed when he crashed on Horn Crag, Eskdale in Cumberland in Hurricane V7742 when breaking through cloud to land. P/O Z Hohne, flying alongside in V6565, was also killed.
He is buried in Castletown Cemetery near Sunderland and is commemorated on the Polish War Memorial at Northolt.
He was awarded the DFM (gazetted 30th October 1941) and two Bars to the KW (gazetted 31st October 1947).
Above image courtesy of yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk.
Above: the crash site is marked by a plaque.