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30.06.1941 No. 257 Squadron Hurricane IIb Z3163 Sgt. Uher

Operation: Convoy patrol

Date: 30th June 1941 (Monday)

Unit: No. 257 Squadron

Type: Hurricane IIb

Serial: Z3163

Base: RAF Martlesham Heath, Woodbridge, Suffolk.

Location: North Sea of Happisburgh, Norfolk

Pilot: Sgt. Wladyslaw (Vladislav) Uher P-782405 PAF Age 26. Missing


During a combat patrol it is understood that the Hurricane crashed into the sea some 35 miles North East of Happisburgh, no reason could be established. He was seen in the water in his Mae West but a rescue not made.

Burial Details:

Sgt. Wladyslaw (Vladislav) Uher. Commemorated on the Polish Memorial at Northolt and also the Warsaw Memorial to missing aircrew. Born on 3rd August 1914 in Mělník, Czechoslavakia where a memorial has been placed in his honour. Posthumously awarded the rank of Colonel by the Czech Air Force.

Researched for relatives of the pilot. With thanks to the following for further information supplied Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses' Vol. 1, the great work of the 'Czechoslovakia veterans' website. With thanks to Vladimir Hedgehog for the memorial photograph.

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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