27.08.1942 No. 58 O.T.U. Master III W5664 P/O. Belc V.M. K.W and bar, D.F.C
Date: 27th August 1942
Unit: No. 58 OTU. (Operational Training Unit)
Type: Miles Master III
Base: Grangemouth, Scotland
Location: RAF Babdown Farm, Gloucester.
Pilot: P/O. Marian Belc VM. KW. DFC. P-1901 PAF Age 28. Killed
Pilot 2: Fl/Lt. Maurice Henry Holder 44070 RAF Age 25. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
On detachment from his duties as an instructor at RAF Grangemouth he was based at RAF. Babdown Farm, Gloucester on an instructor training course. Both P/O. Belc and fellow student/instructor Fl/Lt. Holder, came in to land at too low approach, crashing, killing both the crew.
P/O. Belc had a tally of 7 kills to his credit at this time and classed as an ace. Fought in the defence of Poland with 152 Squadron and claimed a kill. After Poland fell he escaped to Romania and then to France where he flew under the command of Cpt. Franciszek Jastrzebski and then onto England. Served with 303 Squadron during the Battle of Britain.
P/O. Marian Belc VM. KW. DFC. (Courtesy Peter Sikora)
Above left: Grave of P/O. Belc - taken by Aircrew Remembered 2013. Any relative who would like a higher definition image sent free of charge, please email us.
P/O. Marian Belc VM. KW. DFC. Northwood Cemetery Grave H. 267. Born 27th January 1914, Paplin, Poland.
Fl/Lt. Maurice Henry Holder. Tetbury Churchyard. South of Chancel. Son of James Henry Holder, and of Maud Emily Holder, of Tetbury, England.
Researched by Peter Sikora and Aircrew Remembered for relatives and friends of the crew.