29.03.1946 No. 303 Squadron Mustang P51d IV KH747 W/O. Sztuka
Date: 29th March 1946 (Friday)
Unit: No. 303 Squadron
Type: Mustang P51d IV
Base: RAF Ketteringham, Norfolk (Hethel)
Location: Methal airfield, Kessingham, Norfolk
Pilot: W/O. Konrad Edward Kazimierz Sztuka VM. (2 bars) P-704334 PAF Age 25. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
On a training exercise taking off from Hethel at 09:55 hrs during an aircraft test the engine of his Mustang stopped, at the time he was flying very low and hit a tree not having enough power to gain height. He was killed instantly.
Course 23. 58 OTU: Front row: P/O. Bendit, P/O. Banach, F/O. Andersz, Fl/Lt. Ridkosil, F/O. Preihs, P/O. Ciach, P/O. Birtus - Centre row: Sgt. Ziendalski, Sgt. Haczkiewicz, Sgt. Makowski, Sgt. Muszynski, Sgt. Gilis, Sgt. Orzechowski, Sgt. Plenkiewicz - Rear row: Sgt. Bednarz, Sgt. Starzynski, Sgt. Kierski, Sgt. Sztuka, Sgt. Murkowski, Sgt. Kobylinski
W/O. Konrad Edward Kazimierz Sztuka V.M. (2 bars). Norwich Cemetery. Sec 54. Grave 225. Son of Marian and Marianna (nee Hanlik) of Cieszyn, Poland. Born on 17th July 1920.
Researched for relatives of the pilot. With thanks to the following for further information supplied 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' , the 1333 (Grangemouth Spitfire) Squadron and the Grangemouth Spitfire Memorial Trust who provided me with so much information and assistance during my visit. Jennifer Hart for the N.O.K. details.
Grave left, visited by Aircrew Remembered in April 2015