AN EMOTIONAL tribute was paid at the weekend at the final resting place of a Polish airman whose nephew has been piecing together his story.
Dr Marek Moga (60) travelled from his home in Kalisz to lay a wreath and light a candle at the grave of his uncle, Wieslaw Oselkowski, who is buried in a military grave at Sleepyhillock Cemetery.
The 23-year-old died on May 13, 1941, while flying a training sortie out of RAF Montrose in a Miles Master T8334. Disaster struck when he attempted to land on an airstrip near Fordoun and crashed in a field behind cottages at Halkerton, near Laurencekirk.
Dr Moga’s research has pieced together a clear picture of his uncle which will now be told through Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre which helped to arrange Sunday’s visit to Sleepyhillock.
A gifted student, Wieslaw enlisted at the Polish Air Force’s Eaglets School shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War. The beginning of the war meant his training was cut short and he was unable to complete the whole academy. With the rank of Corporal Officer Cadet, he was posted to RAF Carlisle where he underwent basic training before moving on to advanced training at Montrose, with 8 Flying School.
Dr Moga was aided by members of the heritage centre who helped piece together details of Wieslaw’s final months.
He said: “It has been a very emotional trip but I am very proud to have made it and very happy to have received so much help from so many people.”