THE POLISH AIR FORCE IN BRITAIN, 1940-1947
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- CH 7432
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- object category: Photography
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A 10 month old baby was the central figure at a ceremonial parade at RAF Grangemouth on 21 September 1942. The child - Marian Edward Bełc, son of Pilot Officer Marian Bełc - received the Distinguished Flying Cross awarded to his father, killed in a flying accident before he could himself receive the decoration. P/O Bełc served in No. 303 Polish Fighter Squadron; he was posted to No. 58 OTU at RAF Grangemouth and then to No. 3 Flying Instructors' School at RAF Babdown Farm. On 27 August 1942 while flying a training sortie (with the instructor Flight Lieutenant Maurice Henry Holder RAF) in Miles Master III (W8664) plane their aircraft crashed for unknown reason. Both pilots were killed.
Ten months old Marian Edward, held by his mother Audrey Bełc (née Stephenson), receiving his late father's DFC from Air Commodore W. H. Dunn during an award ceremony at RAF Grangemouth, 21 September 1942.
Associated people and organisations
- Royal Air Force 1939-1945
- Women at War
- Poland 1939-1945
- Polish Air Force in Britain, 1940-1947
- Polish Armed Forces 1939-1945
- Children at War
- Allies at War 1939-1945