27.09.1943 No 16 S.F.T.S. Master W8710 L.A.C. Eret
Date: 27th September 1943 (Monday)
Unit: No. 16 (P) SFTS (Service Flying Training School)
Type: Miles Master III
Base: RAF Newton.
Location: Radcliffe-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire.
Pilot (U/T) LAC. Tadeusz Eret 703657 PAF Age 21. Killed
Pilot (Inst): Fl/Sgt. Stefan Czachia 782696 PAF Age 23. Survived
REASON FOR LOSS:
It seems that two aircraft collided near Radcliffe-on-Trent at 14:45 hrs - the other aircraft involved was also a Miles Master III, DL612 no details as to what happened to this. We welcome any further information.
The instructor Fl/Sgt. Czachia (shown above) managed to bale out uninjured.
L.A.C. Tadeusz Eret. Newark Upon Trent Cemetery. Sect. J. Grave19. Born on the 19th November 1921 in Brzeście, Poland.
With thanks to Forscher of Find A Grave for photo and details of W/O. Stefan Czachla - November 2017.
Stefan Czachla (Curtis). Vale Cemetery and Crematorium. Section P, Row 2, Grave 27. Husband of Stanislawa Curtis, of Luton, England. Went on to join 316 Squadron, died in Luton on the 30th November age 76.
Researched for relatives of the pilot with thanks 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'.