Flight Sergeant Fraciszek Ciaston - No. 6 Operational Training Unit  

Flight Sergeant Fraciszek Ciaston - PAF


 Flight Sergeant Fraciszek Ciaston,792374 of the  Polish Air Force had flown 7 Operational Sorties with 304 squadron. Flight Sergeant Ciaston as pilot, with his all Polish crew of Wellington HZ 251 took off from Skipton on Swale, Yorkshire, on a routine training flight to return to their home base at 6 OTU Silloth, Cumberland. Shortly afterwards, the aircraft suffered a major wing failure and fell from the low altitude of 1,500 feet it was then flying at, crashing on the banks of the Leeds Liverpool canal at Bradley, near Skipton. None of the seven man crew survived the horrific accident.

  On 22nd April 2007,after researching the crew and tracing relations with a view to a permanent memorial at the crash site, Peter Whitaker of Cross Hills and Jim Hartley of Bradley, both near Skipton unveiled the Memorial.

  Research by Peter Whitaker and Jim Hartley.