26.11.1940. No. 12 O.T.U. Fairy Battle I L5071 P/O. Makarewicz
Date: 26th November 1940 (Tuesday)
Unit: No. 12 OTU (Operational Training Unit)
Type: Fairy Battle I
Base: Mount Farm, Dorchester, Oxfordshire. (RAF Benson)
Location: Near base
Pilot: P/O. Wladyslaw Makarewicz P-0063 Polish Air Force Age 25. Killed
Navigator: P/O. Antoni Ignaszak P-0071 Polish Air Force Age 27. Killed
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Franciszek Blyskal 793314 Polish Air Force Age 20. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Took off at 19.32 hrs - however after climbing to about 1,000 ft. dived and crashed at 19:34 hrs. about a mile North West of the airfield and burst into flames. Cause of accident is unknown.
So many training accidents - many of which go unrecorded - we aim to change that - with your help of course! Here we have 3 young Polish boys - killed before they could take part in our liberation. Now - forever remembered.
L-R: Sgt. Blyskal, P/O. Makarewicz, (courtesy Robert Gretzyngier)
Battles from 12 OTU from RAF Benson
P/O. Wladyslaw Makarewicz. Benson (St Helen) Churchyard Extension, Oxfordshire, War Graves Plot C Grave 9. Born 25.03.1915
- Bugurusłan, Russia.
P/O. Antoni Ignaszak. Benson (St Helen) Churchyard Extension, Oxfordshire, War Graves Plot Row E Grave 9. Born 24.02.1913
- Böming, Germany.
Sgt. Franciszek Blyska. Benson (St Helen) Churchyard Extension, Oxfordshire, Blyskal War Graves Plot Row D Grave 9. Born 10.01.1920 - Hunaniska, Brzozów, Poland.
Acknowledgments: With thanks to the following: Robert Gretzyngier, Woitek Matusiak, Wadldemar Wojcik and Josef Zielinski for Polish information that we may have used. Other sources as quoted below.
Any relative who would like a full size photograph of the graves we would be very happy to email them to you - free of charge.