The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. M Belc
Born in Poland on January 27th 1914, Marian Belc was in the Polish Air Force before the war and was credited with destroying one German aircraft in the fighting in September 1939. Following Poland’s collapse Belc escaped through Romania to France, where he served in the Armee de l’Air, flyingMorane 406’s with Groupe de Chasse II/1.
Escaping to England he joined 303 Squadron at Northolt at its formation on August 2nd 1940. After a routine training flight on the 8th he crashed on landing in Hurricane R4100. Belc's first victory was a Me109, claimed on September
26th. Four days later he was himself shot down during combat with Me109’s and baled out, unhurt. On October 5th he claimed a Me110 and on the 7th a Me109.
Belc was awarded the KW (gazetted 1st February 1941). He shared in damaging a Ju52 taxying on an aerodrome near St Inglevert on May 15th 1941, claimed a Me109 on June 24th and another on the 28th. He was awarded a Bar to the KW (gazetted 15th July 1941) and the VM (5th Class)( gazetted 10th September 1941). Belc's final victory, a Me109, was claimed on October 24th 1941.
He was posted away to 58 OTU, Grangemouth in late April 1942. Belc was at Baladown, Glos. on No 3 Instructors Course on August 27th 1942 when he was detailed to fly dual with another trainee in Master W8664. They made too low an approach and the aircraft crashed, both men being killed.
Belc is buried at Northwood cemetery.
He was awarded the DFC (gazetted 15th November 1942) and a further two bars to the KW (gazetted 31st October 1947).
(Above) Belc is also commemorated on the Polish War Memorial at Northolt, his entry shows the award of a DFM, although we have been unable to confirm the award or its date.