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05.09.1941 No. 60 O.T.U. Defiant I N1679 F/O. Blasinski

Operation: Training

Date: 5th September 1941

Unit: No. 60 O.T.U. 

Type: Boulton Paul Defiant I 

Serial: N1679

Base: R.A.F. East Fortune, East Lothian (Now the National Museum of Flight)

Location: Edlingham, Northumberland

Pilot: F/O. Wladyslaw Blasinski P-1040 P.A.F. Age 24. Killed

Navigator: Sgt. Stanislaw Sadawa P-781291 P.A.F. Age 30. Killed


The Defiant N1679 was taking part in a cross country training flight. The conditions at the time were extremely bad with very poor visibility. 

The aircraft crashed into the ground at high speed near Edlington Hill, Edlingham, Northumberland


60 O.T.U. Defiants (courtesy Gretzyngier, Matusiak, Wojcik, Zielinski) 


RAF East Fortune which is the Now the ‘National Museum of Flight’.


Burial details:

F/O. Wladyslaw Blasinski. Chevington Cemetery – Northumberland, United Kingdom. Plot Section H Row War Graves Plot Grave 197. Born 4 September 1917. Deblin, Poland. N.o.K. Details currently unavailable.

Sgt. Stanislaw Sadawa. Chevington Cemetery – Northumberland, United Kingdom. Plot Section H Row War Graves Plot Grave 200. Born 26 March 1911. N.o.K. Details currently unavailable.

Researched for relatives of the crew. With thanks to, Robert Gretzyngier, Woitek Matusiak, Wadldemar Wojcik and Josef Zielinski for Polish information that we may have used.

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