|410626 - Unaccounted airwoman and airmen - 26-6-1941||Hurricane IIB- Z3391- 257 Sqn-collided with Anson near Aylsham, Norfolk.
A Yank in the RAF. Filming of RAF Spitfires in the air and on the ground for this 20th Century-Fox, Hollywood feature took place in the UK in the summer of 1941. After the first camera crew, Ronald Neame, Jack Hildyard and Guy Green, had to leave to film 'One of Aircraft is Missing', a second crew, including Otto Kanturek and Jack Parry, took over. On 26th June 1941, while airborne three miles south west of Aylsham, Norfolk. Kanturek and Parry lost their lives when Hawker Hurricane 2B, Z3391 from 257 Squadron at RAF Coltishall, collided with their plane, Coastal Command Avro Anson N9732 from 500 Squadron at Bircham Newton. Otto Kanturek's remains were interred in Scottow Cemetery adjacent to Coltishall airfield but his age is given as 42 years and this is probably incorrect as he is alleged to have been a cameraman since 1913.
The above information has been supplied by the Department of Research of the Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon, Middlesex.
From an unsourced note in 257 Squadron file.
The pilot of the 500 Sqn Anson was 754618 Sgt E W J Polden. See: CCL1/133.
The identity of the 257 Sqn Hurricane pilot, who is believed to have baled out safely, is unknown to me.
Kanturek and Parry both lie in St Faith's and Aylsham, Rural District (Cemetery ?).
Col. ....Read More.||COL BRUGGY on 8th December 2008 01:54:00|
|O W Kanturek||Greg
His death was reported in the Bradford Observer of June 28th 1941:
[I]KILLED FILMING THE R.A.F.
Two civilian film experts who were taking special "shots" of R.A.F. formation flying as aprt of the film "A Yank in the R.A.F.," which is being made for release hroughout the world, have been killed together with their pilot, in an accident to their 'plane.
They were Mr. Otto Kanturek, a Czech who has specialised in aerial photography, and Mr. Jack Parry, a Briton.
Mr. Kanturek, who in the past has been associated with many films in this country, recently returned from Hollywood. Mr. Parry was a well-known executive and technical expert.
Mr. Kanturke was camera man to Gracie Fields in her British-made films.[/I]
The aircraft was 500 Sqn Anson N9732, and the pilot was 754618 Earnest William John Polden.
Simon ....Read More.||wwrsimon on 7th October 2020 08:39:45|
|O W Kanturek||Hi Greg, according to his surname he had a Czech roots in the history ...
Says "He died whilst filming the aerial shots for A Yank in the RAF from an Avro Anson, when it collided with a Hawker Hurricane. "
So at least the Anson as type.
Camera operator Otto Kanturek and his uncredited assistant, aerial photographer Jack Parry, were both killed in a plane crash when a Hurricane fighter collided with their Avro Anson camera plane over Cawston, Norfolk, England, on 26 June 1941. Other reports state that, according to 20th Century-Fox publicity, the two men were flying to England to shoot fight sequences and after the footage was shot, the plane they were in was attacked and shot down by German aircraft.
But what was due to be a routine shoot turned into tragedy when at 12.05pm the Avro Anson N9732 aircraft Mr Polden was flying collided with one of the Hurricanes which was being filmed.
More details in our DB:
Pavel ....Read More.||CZ_RAF on 7th October 2020 08:40:28|
|O W Kanturek||AIR81/7168 Sergeant E W L Polden: killed; passengers Mr J Parry, Mr O W Kanturek (20th Century Fox): killed; Anson N9732, 500 Squadron; mid air collision with Hurricane Z3391, 257 Squadron, Pilot Officer Hone: baled out; 26 June 1941.
John 'Jack' Arthur Parry
Hurricane Z3391 P/O Hone -> Douglas Harold Hone #80816 ???
other Hurricane P/O Pearson Hurricane Z3164 ....Read More.||paulmcmillan on 7th October 2020 09:19:29|