09.08.1941 No. 308 Squadron Spitfire IIb P8676 ZF-H P/O. Blach
Date: 09th August 1941
Unit: No. 308 Squadron (Polish)
Type: Spitfire IIB
Base: RAF Northolt, Middlesex.
Location: Ruislip, Middlesex
Pilot: P/O. Tadeusz Blach 76689 PAF Age 22. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
On a routine training flight when it is thought that the engine stalled when flying too low and dived into the ground.
P/O. Blach escaped from Poland into France during December 1939 and then made his way to England. Joined 55 OTU and then joined 504 Squadron in June 1941 prior to then joining 308 squadron in July of the same year.
P/O. Tadeusz Blach (courtesy Gretzyngier, Matusiak, Wojcik and Zielinski)
Grave at St. Clears (St. Mary) Churchyard, Carmarthanshire, Wales (courtesy Marcin Salamon)
Left: Polish Memorial to fallen aircrew, Warsaw, Poland
P/O. Tadeusz Blach. St. Clears (St. Mary) Churchyard, Carmarthanshire, Wales. Born 20th November 1915, Warsaw, Poland. Also commemorated on the Memorial in Poland and at Northolt.
Researched for relatives of the pilot. With thanks to the following: Robert Gretzyngier, Woitek Matusiak, Wadldemar Wojcik and Josef Zielinski for Polish information that we may have used. Thanks also to Marcin Salamon for grave photo - June 2016.