(1984 – 2009)
In memory of
(1984 – 2009)
This is an obituary in memory of Marcin Wojtak of the Royal Air Force Regiment. Marcin Wojtak was a Gunner from 34 Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment and was killed in Afghanistan on the 1st October 2009. Senior Aircraftman Wojtak was killed as a result of an explosion whilst commanding his vehicle in the desert to the south of Bastion Joint Operating Base. He joined the Royal Air Force in 2005 as a Gunner in the Royal Air Force Regiment. On completion of his basic training at Royal Air Force Honington, he was posted to 26 Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment where he served as a Rapier operator. During his time with 26 Squadron RAF Regiment he completed operational tours in the Falkland Islands and Kandahar. In May
2008 he was posted to 34 Squadron RAF Regiment where he served on B Flight as a rifleman. He deployed to Kabul in August 2008 for six weeks to perform force protection duties. SAC Wojtak, a Leicester City supporter, was a man who was blessed with a bubbly character and a soft side, so he was known by all as 'Big Ted', short for 'Teddy Bear'. His career as a leader was just beginning. During training, he had shown his ability to inspire his friends and so was a natural choice to appoint as a Fire Team Commander in the rank of Acting Corporal. He was proud of his appointment and it was in this role that he deployed to Camp Bastion in Afghanistan with the squadron in September this year. On his return home, he was
due to attend a training course to make this appointment formal. Wing Commander Shaun Ryles (MBE) said of him, "Senior Aircraftman Wojtak was a man of great strengths; both as a formidable Gunner and as a person who displayed outstanding leadership potential. He was widely respected by all that had the honour to serve with him. The thoughts and prayers of all ranks of 34 Squadron Royal Air Force Regiment are with 'Ted's' family and particularly with his girlfriend Sam, with whom he was looking forward to setting up home." Marcin Wojtak's family said, "Marcin adored life and was loved by everyone around him. He was a gentle giant who was admired for his caring nature and endless kindness. He placed his happiness
in the happiness of others. His love of the military led him to a career in the Royal Air Force where he remained loyal and courageous to the end. We are so proud of him. Marcin is a beloved son, grandson, brother, uncle and boyfriend. His life was short but well-lived and he was loved by all. Always and forever." This memorial is to honour the life of Marcin Wojtak and his achievements. Rest in peace.
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