14.01.1944 No. 16 S.F.T.S. Master III DL941 W/O. Popek C.V. 2 bars, V.M.
Date: 14th January 1944 (Friday)
Unit: No. 16 (Polish) Service Flying Training School
Type: Miles Master III
Base: RAF Newton, Lincolnshire
Location: Tollerton airfield, Nottingham.
Pilot: W/O. Mieczyslaw Edmund Popek CV 2 bars, VM 782474 PAF Age 27. Killed
Pilot 2: None - although some sources name a Fl/Sgt. Tadeusz Bubess 793841 PAF (1)
His son contacted us in May 2017 - further details follow.
REASON FOR LOSS:
Very little is known regarding the accident, but W/O. Popek, serving as an instructor with 16 S.F.T.S. collided with another Master III EM385 on the ground at Tollerton airfield in Nottingham.The two crew members of EM385, Sgt. Stanisław Jerzy Drażek 781327 PAF and P/O. Zygmunt Malinowski escaped injury. W.O. Popek was killed.
(1) W/O. Tadeusz Bubess KW. 793841 PAF of 316 Squadron, from Lwów, Poland (now Ukraine) survived the war, passed away on the 09th May 1988 at Newark-on-Trent.
Note: Sgt. Stanisław Jerzy Drażek died on the 06th January 1975 aged 62. P/O. Zygmunt Malinowski died on the 16th June 1992 age 68.
W/O. Mieczyslaw Edmund Popek CV 2 bars, VM. Newark Cemetery. Grave 319. Son of Matthew and Sabina (née Rećko) of Lublin, Poland. Born on the 30th October 1916.
Researched for relatives of these crews with thanks for additional information to Richard Young, son of the pilot who contacted us in May 2017, Peter Sikora, 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', Aircrew Remembered own Archives.