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Memorial details

Memorial type
Board / Plaque / Tablet
District
Canterbury
Town
Westbere
County
Kent
Country
England
Commemoration
Second World War (1939-1945)
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
73964
Current location

The Green
Church Lane
Westbere
Canterbury
Kent
CT2 0HA
England

OS Grid Ref: TR 19161 60990
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
A rectangular square-edged grey stone, with incised gold-coloured lettering.
Inscription
IN MEMORY OF/ PILOT OFFICER JOHN BLAND/ 501 SQUADRON R.A.F./ AND/ FLYING OFFICER/ FRANCISZEK GRUSZKA/ 65 SQUADRON R.A.F./ BOTH PILOTS WERE KILLED IN ACTION/ DURING THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN/ 18 AUGUST 1940/ SHOT DOWN OVER WESTBERE
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Bland, John
Gruszka, Franciszek
See details for all 2 names
Commemorations
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 2
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 2
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Rank, forename, surname, squadron, manner of death, place of death, date of death.
    Order of information: Surname.
Listing information
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • Westbere at War and those killed in the Second World War - by Bruce Poulter - October 2012

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