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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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316 Squadron Crest
02.10.1944 No. 316 Squadron (P) Mustang III FB374 SZ-A Sgt. Antoni Bardecki

Operation: Training

Date: 02nd October 1944

Unit: No. 316 Squadron

Type: Mustang III

Serial: FB374

Code: SZ-A

Base: RAF Coltishall, Norfolk

Location: Catfield, Norfolk

Pilot: Sgt. Antoni Bardecki 703894 PAF Age 24. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

During training flight, practising dive bombing attacks his Mustang entered a dive from which he failed to pull out - crashing in woods near Catfield.

Burial details:

Sgt. Antoni Bardecki. Cambridge City Cemetery. Grave 15927. Son of Anthony and Anne Bardecki. Born 01st January, 1920 in Słomniczki, Kraków, Poland.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to  Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Krzystka List. Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Aircrew Remembered Archives

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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