22.03.1946 No. 316/126 Squadron Mustang III HB841 Cpl. K.J. Socha
Date: 22nd March 1946 (Friday)
Unit: No. 126 / 316 Squadron
Type: Mustang III
Code: Not known
Base: RAF Hethel, Norfolk
Location: At airfield RAF Hethel
Pilot: Fl/Lt. Ian Graeme Handyside DFC 134127 RAFVR Survived
Ground crew: Cpl. Kazimierz Jan Socha 782145 PAF Age 26. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Whilst taxying at RAF Hethel in Norfolk, Fl/Lt. Handyside DFC was directed away from construction works adjacent to the perimeter track.
During the attempt to keep clear of the works the wing of Mustang HB841 clipped a petrol bowser on which Cpl. Socha was working - killing him instantly - the Mustang was written off, the pilot escaped injury
Cpl. Kazimierz Jan Socha. Norwich Cemetery. Section 54. Grave 226. Born on the 22nd March 1919 at Dębica, Poland. No further details - are you able to assist?
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Peter Clark for grave photograph, Colin Cummings ‘Final Landings’ - A Summary of RAF Aircraft Accidents and Combat Losses 1946 to 1949 Published by Nimbus Publishing (1 Sept. 2001) ISBN: 978-0952661948, other sources as quoted below: