Yugoslav Forces

Discussion in 'Allied Units - Others' started by PeterJM777, Aug 28, 2017.

  1. PeterJM777

    PeterJM777 Member

    In Layton Cemetery, Blackpool, Lancashire, there is headstone inscribed as follows:
    Private J Ozbic, 30 October 1944, Yugoslav Forces

    Can anyone shed any light on who Private Ozbic was and why he came to be buried in Blackpool?


  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
    Name: Joseph Ozbic
    Death Age: 24
    Birth Date: abt 1920
    Registration Date: Dec 1944
    Registration district: Fylde
    Inferred County: Lancashire
    Volume: 8e
    Page: 750

    He may have been connected to SOE or other special operations. His death cert as above would tell you what he died of which may help unravel some of the mystery -- broken neck maybe a parachuting accident etc etc

  3. Orwell1984

    Orwell1984 Senior Member

    He is mentioned in this thread here too. A researcher from the region did some research into Royal Yugoslavian Air Force members flying with Allies and his name comes up as well as an alternate spelling of his name as Josef Osbic. No information on who he was serving with though.


  4. PeterJM777

    PeterJM777 Member

    Thanks to you both. It would make sense that he was an airman as thousands were trained hereabouts. I cannot link him with any of the local flying accidents but he may well have died in some other form of accident.

  5. PeterJM777

    PeterJM777 Member

    According to his death certificate Joseph Ozbic died in RAF Hospital Kirkham. He was admitted with TB and died following complications. His occupation is described as "Y364" and "Y.S.A.F.", presumably the latter meaning the Yugoslav Air Force. A sad end to man who appears to have survived a lot of hardship.

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