Date: 21st June 1944 (Wednesday)
Unit: No. 21 Squadron (Coastal Command)
Type: Mosquito FB VI
Base: RAF Thorney Island, Hampshire.
Location: Mezidon area, Normany, France.
Pilot: Sq/Ldr. Josef Stransky DFC. 86622 RAFVR Age 29. Killed
Nav: F/O. František Bouda 138862 RAFVR Age 30. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Sq/Ldr. Stransky earned his DFC serving with squadron 311Czech flying Wellingtons. After his tour he moved to 6 Operational Training Unit as an instructor before joining 21 squadron.
No details what happened on this patrol but the aircraft came down near Mezidon, killing both Czech crew members.
Left and above: St. Valery-en-Caux Franco-British cemetery as photographed by our Kate Tame during 2012. Any relative who would like a high resolution copy of the graves free of charge please email us.Burial details:
Sq/Ldr. Josef Stransky DFC. St. Valery-en-Caux Franco-British cemetery. Joint grave B. 31-32. Next of kin details not available. Born 10th December 1914 - from Czechoslovakia.
F/O. Frantisek Bouda. St. Valery-en-Caux Franco-British cemetery. Joint grave B. 31-32. Next of kin details not available. Born 1916 - from Czechoslovakia.
Researched for relatives of these crews with thanks for additional information to Eva Csölleová, Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning we will remember
them. - Laurence
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