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 Stefan Curtis

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Stefan Curtis

Birth
Poland
Death 30 Nov 1996 (aged 76)
Luton Borough, Bedfordshire, England
Burial Luton, Luton Borough, Bedfordshire, England
Plot Section P Row 2 Grave 27
Memorial ID 185341615 View Source

Formerly known as Stefan Czachla.

A Sergeant and Pilot in the Polish Air Force, he subsequently joined the RAF (changing his surname to Curtis) and attained the rank of Warrant Officer (sn: 782696). He served with 306 Squadron RAF and was part of Operation Jubilee, providing air cover for the raid on Dieppe, France 1942. However, on returning from the raid his aircraft (Spitfire Mk Vb; BM42; UZ-M) ran out of fuel and he was injured after hitting the roof oft 252 Malvern Avenue, Northolt while trying to land.

On 27 September 1943, while he was acting as a pilot instructor at 16(P) Service Flying Training School, his aircraft (Miles Magister III; sn W8710) collided in mid-air with another aeroplane of the same unit (Miles Magister III; sn DL612). Although he managed to parachute to safety, his pupil, Leading Aircraftman Tadeusz Eret, was killed in the incident.
Biography compiled with help from Find A Grave contributor Aircrew Remembered (see also wwww.aircrewremembered.com).


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In Loving Memory Of
A Dear Husband
Father And Grandfather
Stefan Curtis
Who Passed Away
30th November 1996
Aged 76 Years
Gone From Us But Not Forgotten

And Wife Of The Above
Stanislawa Curtis
Much Loved
Mother And Grandmother
Who Passed Away
3rd December 2000
Aged 77 Years
Forever In Our Hearts


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  • Created by: Forscher
  • Added: 19 Nov 2017
  • Find a Grave Memorial 185341615
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/185341615/stefan-curtis : accessed ), memorial page for Stefan Curtis (11 Jul 1920–30 Nov 1996), Find a Grave Memorial ID 185341615, citing Vale Cemetery and Crematorium, Luton, Luton Borough, Bedfordshire, England ; Maintained by Forscher (contributor 48551141) .