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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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29.03.1946 No. 303 Squadron Mustang P51d IV KH747 W/O. Sztuka

Operation: Training

Date: 29th March 1946 (Friday)

Unit: No. 303 Squadron

Type: Mustang P51d IV

Serial: KH747

Base: RAF Ketteringham, Norfolk (Hethel)

Location: Methal airfield, Kessingham, Norfolk

Pilot: W/O. Konrad Edward Kazimierz Sztuka VM. (2 bars) P-704334 PAF Age 25. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

On a training exercise taking off from Hethel at 09:55 hrs during an aircraft test the engine of his Mustang stopped, at the time he was flying very low and hit a tree not having enough power to gain height. He was killed instantly.


Course 23. 58 OTU: Front row: P/O. Bendit, P/O. Banach, F/O. Andersz, Fl/Lt. Ridkosil, F/O. Preihs, P/O. Ciach, P/O. Birtus - Centre row: Sgt. Ziendalski, Sgt. Haczkiewicz, Sgt. Makowski, Sgt. Muszynski, Sgt. Gilis, Sgt. Orzechowski, Sgt. Plenkiewicz - Rear row: Sgt. Bednarz, Sgt. Starzynski, Sgt. Kierski, Sgt. Sztuka, Sgt. Murkowski, Sgt. Kobylinski



Burial Details:

W/O. Konrad Edward Kazimierz Sztuka V.M. (2 bars). Norwich Cemetery. Sec 54. Grave 225. Son of Marian and Marianna (nee Hanlik) of Cieszyn, Poland. Born on 17th July 1920.

Researched for relatives of the pilot. With thanks to the following for further information supplied 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' , the 1333 (Grangemouth Spitfire) Squadron and the Grangemouth Spitfire Memorial Trust who provided me with so much information and assistance during my visit. Jennifer Hart for the N.O.K. details.


Grave left, visited by Aircrew Remembered in April 2015

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 and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), 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', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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