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No. 16 (P) S.F.T.S. Miles Master DL627 L.A.C. Zmuda tragic training accident

Operation: Training

Date: 14th April 1943 (WEDNESDAY)

Unit: No. 16 (P) S.F.T.S.

Type: Miles Master III

Serial: DL627

Base: RAF Newton, Nottinghamshire.

Location: At base, RAF Newton, Nottinghamshire 

Pilot (U/T): Miles Master DL627 LAC Adam Żmuda 792020 PAF Age 25. Killed

Pilot: Miles Master W8654 F/O. Józef Feliks Mierzejewski P-1607/783642 PAF Age 30. Survived.


No. 16 (Polish) Service Flying Training School provided basic and advanced training for the hundreds of Polish airmen serving with the RAF, the unit only being disbanded in October 1946.


             L.A.C. Adam Żmuda and grave at Newark-Upon-Trent

F/O. Józef Feliks Mierzejewski who survived the accident - born 09th February 1916 - died on the 24th February 1985, London, England.


Unclear as to the cause of the accident, but it appears that the landing gear hit another Miles Master III W8654 piloted by F/O. Jozef Mierzejewski P-1607 that was taxying. The result was that DL627 crashed killing the pilot Adam Żmuda.

Burial Details:

LAC Adam Żmuda. Newark-Upon-Trent. Row J. Grave 326. Born 4th April 1918. Borowa, Poland.

Acknowledgments: Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - "Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945", Polish Archives.

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