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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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Grangemouth
05.06.1942 No. 58 OTU Spitfire IIa P7776 Sgt. Szot

Operation: Training

Date: 5th June 1942 (Friday)

Unit: No. 58 OTU (Operational Training Unit)

Type: Spitfire IIa

Serial: P7776

Base: RAF Grangemouth, Scotland

Location: Berry Law Park, Knockhouse Farm, Dunfermline, Scotland

Pilot: Sgt. Boleslaw Józef Jerzy Szot P-781261 PAF Age 22. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Not many details are available on this, it seems that during a training photographic run the Spitfire P7776 collided with P8679 flown by Sgt. P-784477 Jerzy Malec who managed to bale out successfully. Sgt. Szot crashed at Berry Law Park, Knockhouse Farm, Dunfermline, he was killed instantly.

Note: Spitfire P7776 was built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory and fitted with the Merlin XII engine.






Burial Details:

Sgt. Boleslaw Jozef Jerzy Szot. Grangemouth (Grandsable) Cemetery. Section I. Grave Joint 21. Born Thursday,1st January 1920 in Kraków, Poland. NoK details not currently available.

The Grangemouth Air Cadets and the Grangemouth Spitfire Memorial Trust who provided me with so much information and assistance during my visit, Polish Squadron O.R.B. 'website', Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945'.

Any relative who would like a high resolution of the grave please dont hesitate to contact us using the 'add info' button or the 'help' button at the top of the page. Thanks to Stephen Ballinger for the place name corrections (Oct 2020).



RS 05.10.2020 - Place names correction

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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