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04.12.1943 No. 318 Squadron Hurricane IIb BP135 E Fl/Lt. Blaszczyk

Operation: Training flight

Date: 3rd December 1943 (Saturday)

Unit: No. 318 Squadron (Polish)

Type: Hurricane IIb

Serial: BP135

Code: 'E'

Base: LG.207 (El Kasasin), Egypt

Location: Half mile South West of El Kasasin, Egypt

Pilot: Fl/Lt. Jan Blaszczyk P-0560 PAF Age 27. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

The newly formed squadron were posted to El Kasasin L.G. and lived under canvas in the desert - the crews soon dropped the 'K' from the name.

Full details not available but it seems that during a training flight on artillery range practice Hurricane BP135 collided with that of P/O. Jerzy Jan Glowacki flying Hurricane BN270 'K' at 10:40 hrs.

The Aircraft caught fire when it hit the ground, the pilot was taken to unit hospital but died from his injuries the following day. P/O. Glowacki sadly also lost his life.

We welcome any further information on this loss.

Front row: F/O. Jan Blaszczyk P-0560, P/O. Tomasz Jerzy Jan Legowski P-1800 / 781898, F/O. Kon, F/O. Peathy-Johns, F/O. Watts, P/O. Short, P/O. Rowlands.

Rear row: Sgt. Allen, Sgt. Armstrong, Sgt. Tushingham, Sgt. Jan Józef Zimek 780963, Sgt. Tadeusz Stanisław Turek P-2217 / 793595, Sgt. Tadeusz Siemienczuk 783163, Sgt. Tomasz Szymonski P-0607, Sgt. Bruce.


Burial Details:

Fl/Lt. Jan Blaszczyk. Tel-El-Khebir Cemetery, Egypt. Plot 4, Row D, Grave 2. Born 28th October 1916 at Grzymaczew, Poland.

P/O. Jerzy Jan Glowacki. Tel-El-Khebir Cemetery, Egypt. Plot 4, Row D, Grave 3. Born on the 02nd December 1919 at Stanisławów, Poland (now Ukraine).

For relatives of the pilot. With thanks for further information to The Grangemouth Air Cadets and the Grangemouth Spitfire Memorial Trust who provided me with so much information and assistance during my visit, Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Jerzy Bogdan Cynk - 'The Polish Airforce At War' Vol's 1 and 2.

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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, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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