Sergeant Paweł Naftali Hirsz Kuflik was born on 4th January 1923 in Cologne, Germany. Both parents were Polish but with German ancestry. Paweł emigrated to the Netherlands in 1939 and from there enlisted in the Polish Air Force.
Billeted to RAF Eastbourne, Sussex, England in 1942, his barracks was the town’s Grand Hotel. In Eastbourne he studied air navigation before studying at an Air Observer School at RAF Jurby on the Isle of Man in October 1942.
In January 1943, he gained his RAF wings and earned the rank of Flight Sergeant. Further training followed at RAF Squire’s Gate, Blackpool and RAF Silloth, Cumbria. There he joined RAF 304 (Polish) Squadron operating under Coastal Command.
He was the navigator on board Vickers Wellington HF208 of the Polish No. 304 Bomber Squadron.