04.12.1943 No. 318 Squadron Hurricane IIb BP135 E Fl/Lt. Blaszczyk
Operation: Training flight
Date: 3rd December 1943 (Saturday)
Unit: No. 318 Squadron (Polish)
Type: Hurricane IIb
Base: LG.207 (El Kasasin), Egypt
Location: Half mile South West of El Kasasin, Egypt
Pilot: Fl/Lt. Jan Blaszczyk P-0560 PAF Age 27. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
The newly formed squadron were posted to El Kasasin L.G. and lived under canvas in the desert - the crews soon dropped the 'K' from the name.
Full details not available but it seems that during a training flight on artillery range practice Hurricane BP135 collided with that of P/O. Jerzy Jan Glowacki flying Hurricane BN270 'K' at 10:40 hrs.
The Aircraft caught fire when it hit the ground, the pilot was taken to unit hospital but died from his injuries the following day. P/O. Glowacki sadly also lost his life.
We welcome any further information on this loss.
Front row: F/O. Jan Blaszczyk P-0560, P/O. Tomasz Jerzy Jan Legowski P-1800 / 781898, F/O. Kon, F/O. Peathy-Johns, F/O. Watts, P/O. Short, P/O. Rowlands.
Rear row: Sgt. Allen, Sgt. Armstrong, Sgt. Tushingham, Sgt. Jan Józef Zimek 780963, Sgt. Tadeusz Stanisław Turek P-2217 / 793595, Sgt. Tadeusz Siemienczuk 783163, Sgt. Tomasz Szymonski P-0607, Sgt. Bruce.
Fl/Lt. Jan Blaszczyk. Tel-El-Khebir Cemetery, Egypt. Plot 4, Row D, Grave 2. Born 28th October 1916 at Grzymaczew, Poland.
P/O. Jerzy Jan Glowacki. Tel-El-Khebir Cemetery, Egypt. Plot 4, Row D, Grave 3. Born on the 02nd December 1919 at Stanisławów, Poland (now Ukraine).
For relatives of the pilot. With thanks for further information to The Grangemouth Air Cadets and the Grangemouth Spitfire Memorial Trust who provided me with so much information and assistance during my visit, Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Jerzy Bogdan Cynk - 'The Polish Airforce At War' Vol's 1 and 2.