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316 Squadron P-51 Mustang III FR411 W/O. Herbert Noga

Operation: Ferry Flight

Date: 29th July 1945 (Sunday)

Unit: No. 316 Squadron

Type: P-51 Mustang III

Serial: FR411

Code: SZ-E

Base: RAF Coltishall, Norfolk

Location: Wives Hill, Cadshaw

Pilot: W/O. Herbert Noga 793718 PAF Age 24. Killed


During a transit flight from RAF Coltishall in Norfolk to Blackpool to the Polish air force base in Blackpool the Mustang crashed on the moors at just after 16:00 hrs.

The weather for the area was described as warm but with a slight haze. Eye witnesses in the area described that they heard the spluttering and coughing prior to the crash.
No cause was established for the accident which killed the young Polish pilot.

W/O. Noga was buried with full military honours at Layton Cemetery, Blackpool.

Today many walkers visit the crash site and leave flowers at the memorial, recently replaced. Pieces can be seen in the area even today (please - dont remove).

Polish airmen fought bravely throughout the war but they felt badly let down as it ended. With their home country now under the influence of Russia who were hated more than Germany by most Pole, very few planned to go back into political turmoil and uncertainty. The rest faced a life in exile with little encouragement from the British Government who didn’t want to upset their then Soviet allies.

Burial details:

W/O. Herbert Noga. Blackpool Cemetery (Leyton). Section BB Grave 465. Also remembered on the Polish Air Force Memorial in Northolt. Born on the 13th April 1921 in Racibórz, Poland. Next of kin details not available.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum Mielnika.

KTY 13-05-2023

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