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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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09.08.1941 No. 308 Squadron Spitfire IIb P8676 ZF-H P/O. Blach

Operation: Training

Date: 09th August 1941

Unit: No. 308 Squadron (Polish)

Type: Spitfire IIB

Serial: P8676

Code: ZF-H

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

Burial Details:

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.


KTY 07.06.2016 Grave photo added

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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', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), 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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