01.07.1949 237 OTU Spitfire PR.XIX PS925 WO. Fraczek.
Date: 1st July 1949 (Friday)
Unit: 237 Operational Conversion Unit (OTU)
Type: Spitfire PR.XIX
Base: RAF Leuchars, Fife, Scotland
Location: At field RAF Leuchars
Pilot: WO. Wacław Frączek 792124 RAF Age 28. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Shortly after take off after having been airborne for just 10 minutes he requested permission to land. The controllers gave it but he never acknowledged.
The aircraft was then seen to spin into the ground from about 800 ft - killing the Polish pilot. It was established that he had suffered an engine problem.
During the war he trained at 58 Operational Training Unit (OTU), Grangemouth, Scotland, then served with 317 (P) Squadron.
Taken on or about 6th May 1942. Front row: Sgt. Werner Ryszard Kirchner 783095, Plt Off. Adam Tadeusz Habela 783464 (KIA), Pt Off. Zdzisław Uchwat 783580, Pkt Off. Zygmunt Jan Nentwich 793933, Plt Off. Czesław Jan Mroczyk 784807, Plt Off. Bronisław Jerzy Skibinski P-0289, Sgt. Tadeusz Lubicz-Lisowski 781410 (KIA).
Centre Row: Sgt. Wacław Korwel 783144, Sgt. Stanisław Domanski 782357 (KIA), Sgt. Gajewski, Sgt. Janusz Stanisław Marian Bzowski 781616, Sgt. Wacław Fraczek 792124, Sgt. Aleksander Kwasniewski 793827.
Rear Row: Sgt. Kazimierz Benzinski 792134, Sgt. Wiktor Piotr Karasinski 793871, Sgt. Jaroslav Slepica, Sgt. Franciszek Stanisław Malczewski 780950, Sgt. Josef Blaha 788010 (KIA), Sgt. Leon Zygarlicki 783220 (KIA), Wiktor Piotr Karasinski 793871.
WO. Wacław Frączek. Leuchars Cemetery. Born on the 2nd January 1920 at Lelowice, Proszowice, Poland. WO Frączek left a widow, Krystyna Sierewicz and a one year old daughter Yvonne. Wacław Frączek and his wife escaped from Poland to France and then onto England. Krystyna remarried to a Frederick R.T. Wyatt in 1956.
Grave photo courtesy 'The Family Genealogist'. Thanks to Angela Adams, whose mother was Yvonne, for the NoK details for WO. Frączek (Nov 2021). For further details our thanks to the following sources shown below.