Pudelko, Josef Antoni (No. P/781015)

Pudelko, Josef Antoni

Sergeant (Kapral Pilot)

No. P/781015, No. 6 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit (AACU)

Killed in an aircraft accident on Thursday 23 April 1942 (aged 23)

Buried:

Belfast (Milltown) Roman Catholic Cemetery

(War Graves Group Section A Row LG Grave 38)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Panel 57 of the Polish Air Force Memorial at Northolt, London

BIOGRAPHY

Jozef Antoni Pudelko was born on 13 December 1918 and during the Second World War he served with No. 6 Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit (AACU) and he was based for a time at RAF Newtownards.  On 23 April 1942 he was the pilot of a Westland Lysander Mark III communications and target-towing aircraft (V9721) which crashed on take-off from RAF Belfast (now the George Best Belfast City Airport) on a training flight.

Also killed that day was Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) Norman Elcock (No. 1112747) aged 21 from Winsford, Cheshire.  Norman was a son of Albert Edward and Phyllis Elcock and he was buried in Over Congregational Burial Ground, Cheshire.

Sergeant Jozef Antoni Pudelko (No. P/781015) was buried in Belfast (Milltown) Roman Catholic Cemetery and he is commemorated on Panel 57 of the Polish Air Force Memorial at Northolt, London.