Date of death
ks. st. kapelan
19.10.1912 Zawady p. Rawicz
20.8.1944, castle near Maczuga, France
on M.R. 7F/6 435562
at Langannerie, France P.C.W.
He became the chaplain of the 9th battalion on the 24th of May 1944.
On the 29th of July he landed with the division in Normandy.
He took part in the fights near Falaise.
In a first-aid-dressing-station at the foot of the hill Mont Ormel the
Franciscan chaplain Father Wiktor Hupa was assisting wounded
soldiers in their last moments.
The wounded men lay in the garden of a small castle, when the
Germans opened fire on them.
He was the leader of the counter-attack on a German Panther tank,
which attacked in spite of the fact that the location of the hospital
had been marked by Red Cross flags.
He defended himself, pistol in hand, against the attackers, to chase
them away; in this action he lost his life.
All the time during this action, he encouraged his men and was a
personal example; not only as a chaplain, but also as a soldier.
He was killed by a series of bullets from a machine-gun.
He received the distinction "Virtuti Militari" for this action.
See the book "WITH THE TANKS of the 1st Polish Armoured Division",
author K. Jamar, page 134.
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