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Belc, Marian

Date of birth:
June 27th, 1914 (Paplin, Poland)
Date of death:
August 27th, 1942 (Grangemouth/Scotland, Great Britain)
Buried on:
Polish War Graves Northwood
Plot: H. Grave: 267.
Nationality:
Polish

Biography

Marian Belc entered service with the 5th Polish Air Regiment in 1937 and was placed with No. 152 Fighter Squadron in 1939. During the invasion of Poland in september 1939 het shot down a Messerschmitt Bf 110 on September 3rd. When Soviet forces invader Eastern Poland he was evacuated with his unit to Romania and escaped to France. In France he was placed with the I/55 Groupe de Chasse et de Defense and fled after the Ferman invasion to Great Britain. Here he was placed with the Polish No. 303 Squadron. On September 26th, 1940 he shot down his second enemy plane. Marian Belc was credited for shooting down seven enemy planes in total.
Marian Belc was killed on August 27th, 1942 when he crashed with Miles Maste III, W8664 during a training flight from Grangemouth, Scotland. In the crash also Flight Lieutenant Maurice Henry Holder was killed.

Promotions:
1940: Sergeant;
May 21st, 1941: Pilot Officer.

Career:
1937: 5 Pulku Lotniczego (5th Air Regiment), Vilnius;
1939: 152 Eskadrze Mysliwskiej (152nd Fighter Squadron), Poland;
1939 - June 1940: Groupe de Chasse II. / 1, France;
July 1940 - April 1942: No. 303 Squadron;
April 1942 - August 27th, 1942: Instructor No. 58 Operational Training Unit.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Unit:
No. 303 (Kosciuszko) Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
February 1st, 1941
Krzyz Walecznych
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Unit:
No. 303 (Kosciuszko) Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
July 15th, 1941
Details:
Second Kryz Walecznych received in the form of a bar to be worn on the ribbon of the first Kryz Walecznych.
Krzyz Walecznych
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Unit:
No. 303 (Kosciuszko) Squadron, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
September 10th, 1941
Order Wojenny Virtuti Militari - Krzyz Srebrny
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Unit:
No. 58 Operational Training Unit, Royal Air Force
Awarded on:
November 15th, 1942
Details:
Awarded posthumously.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 31st, 1947
Details:
Third Kryz Walecznych awarded in the form of a second bar to be worn on the ribbon of the first Kryz Walecznych.
Awarded posthumously.
Krzyz Walecznych
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
October 31st, 1947
Details:
Fourth Kryz Walecznych awarded in the form of a third bar to be worn on the ribbon of the first Kryz Walecznych.
Awarded posthumously.
Krzyz Walecznych

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