POLISH HEROES IN EXILE AFTER THE WAR. TORONTO CANADA 1988.
Seated from left to right;
Kazimierz Szrajer 'Paddy' On June 25, 1944 a very special mission was flown to Poland. A V-2 rocket on a test flight crash landed in Poland and was hidden by the Polish Underground before the Germans knew where it had landed. At this time, Allied Intelligence in London knew of the existence of very advanced weapons but only had scanty knowledge of exactly what they were. When the Polish Underground contacted London to let them know that they had a virtually complete V-2 rocket disassembled and hidden away, immediate steps were taken to retrieve important parts. A C47 was dispatched from Brindisi to in Poland. The crew comprised Fl/Lt. Culliford (a New Zealander), Navigator F/O. Williams and Radio Operator Fl/Sgt. Appleby. Paddy was detailed to go on the mission as none of the crew spoke Polish. The code name for the mission was ' Underwriter'.
Janusz Zurakowski During the war fighter pilot of 316 sqn PAF, perhaps the best known pilot who was involved with the AVRO Arrow CF 105 program. Retiring from the PAF as Squadron Leader in 1947, Zurakowski was employed as Chief Experimental Test Pilot for Gloster Aircraft Company "Zura" as he came to be known, tested the many experimental versions of the Gloster Meteor, Javelin, and Gloster E.1/44 fighters. He set an international speed record: London-Copenhagen-London, 4–5 April 1950. The attempt was organised by Gloster to sell the Meteor IV to the Danish Air Force and succeeded. At the 1951 Farnborough Airshow, Zurakowski demonstrated a new aerobatics manoeuvre, the "Zurabatic Cartwheel", in which he suspended the Gloster Meteor G-7-1 prototype he was flying, in a vertical cartwheel. "This jet manoeuvre was the first new aerobatic in 20 years
Boleslaw Orlinski During the war commander 305 sqn, PAF. Between 27 August and 25 September 1926, together with Sgt Leonard Kubiak, he flew the distance of 22 600 km (Warsaw – Tokyo – Warsaw) in Breguet XIX aircraft, in 121 hours 16 minutes. That achievement made him famous; he participated in other aerobatics performances, in Polish aircraft. In addition to flights as a Test Pilot has participated in numerous air meetings and presentations Polish aircrafts, as well as national and international air contest. In May 1930, piloting PZL L.2, won first prize at the international airport in Brno weekly meeting. In July 1930 on the PZL.5 aircraft took part in the international competition tourist plane Challenge 1930, but was eliminated on July 26 due to engine failure. In December 1930 PZL P.6 presented fighter in flight at the Paris Le Bourget airport. In 1931 he won competition in the U.S. airline National Air Races in Cleveland, beating the famous pilots of the world, including Ernst Udet. Recognition aroused especially his aerial acrobatics.
Wladyslaw “Spud” Potocki Fighter pilot of 306 sqn PAF. After the war, he graduated from the British Empire Test Pilot School. Following emigration to Canada in the early 1950s, Potocki was engaged as a test pilot with "Avro Aircraft Canada Ltd". He accumulated the highest number of hours of the four pilots who flew the first five Arrow aircraft. It was recorded that he reached a speed of Mach 1.9 in one of the Arrows, but it was rumoured that he actually reached Mach 2.0. Potocki is the only pilot that "flew" the experimental Avrocar. After the closing of Avro Canada he joined North American Rockwell as a test pilot.