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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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13.09.1942 No. 68 Squadron Beaufighter IF X7703 F/O. Glauder

Operation: Training

Date: 13th September 1942 (Sunday)

Unit: No. 68 Squadron

Type: Bristol Beaufighter IF

Serial: X7703

Base: RAF Coltishall, Norfolk.

Location: On the perimeter track at the base RAF Coltishall

Pilot: F/O. Frantisek Glauder 120078 RAFVR Age 32. Killed

Nav: Sgt. Frantisek Vasata 787053 RAFVR Age 31. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Not much information on this loss. F/O. Glauder and his Navigator, Sgt. Vasata were killed when their Beaufighter crashed on the perimeter track at Coltishall after taking part in a searchlight co-operation exercise. It is understood that the pilot may have been blinded during the approach to land when they hit the ground. They were buried at Scottow on the 16th September 1942.

                    

Beaufighters from 404 Squadron - taken in 1945

Burial details:

F/O. Frantisek Glauder. Scottow Cemetery, Norfolk. Grave 279. Next of Kin details not currently available. Born on 23rd October 1910 in Czechoslovakia. Fought with the Free French Air Force, having 3 confirmed kills. Survived an earlier accident in 1941 flying a Tiger Moth T7227 (1) as an instructor. The accident happened at Bourton, Berkshire. His pupil, L.A.C.  Jan Hadravek (2) 787356 also escaped with no injuries.

Sgt. Frantisek Vasata. Scottow Cemetery, Norfolk. Grave 288. Next of Kin details not currently available. Born on 11th June 1911 in Czechoslovakia. 

(1) Survived the war and sold as G-ALWU to Air Service Training Ltd. Sold again to someone in Australia for crop dusting (Air Mist Ltd), registered as VH-BTC when it was destroyed near Urana New South Wales in September 1965.

(2) P/O. Jan Hadravek was killed on the 7th August 1943 flying with 111 O.T.U. at Nassau, Bahamas.

Researched for relatives of these crews with thanks for additional information to Flight Safety Foundation, Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


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, 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', 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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