27.08.1942 No. 58 OTU Master III W5664 P/O. Belc V.M. K.W and bar, D.F.C
Operation: Instructor Training
Date: 27th August 1942 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 58 OTU. (Operational Training Unit)
Type: Miles Master III
Base: RAF 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 (1) and then onto England. Served with 303 Squadron during the Battle of Britain.
Fl/Lt. Holder also shot down 2 with 3 others shared. Had previously served with 36 and 243 Squadron.
(1) 34 year old, Fl/Lt. Franciszek Jastrzebski killed whilst with 302 (P) Squadron. On the 25th October 1940 flying Hurricane V7593 WX-V. Further details here.
P/O. Marian Belc VM. KW. DFC. (Courtesy Peter Sikora and Kate Tame)
Above left: Graves of the two Instructors. Any relative who would like a higher definition image sent free of charge, please email us.
P/O. Marian Belc VM. KW. DFM. DFC. Northwood Cemetery Grave H. 267. Born 27th January 1914, Paplin, Poland. Husband of Audrey (née Stevenson) Father to Marian Edward - born 27th October 1942.
Fl/Lt. Maurice Henry Holder. Tetbury Churchyard (St. Saviours). South of Chancel. Son of James Henry Holder, and of Maud Emily Holder, of Tetbury, England. Grave inscription reads: "Weep Not, Then Beside This Stone, Wings Once Here Have Spread And Flown".
Researched by Peter Sikora and Aircrew Remembered for relatives and friends of the crew.