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RETURN FROM HOME


by Piotr Górka


Consolider Liberator B-24 of 1586 Special Duties Squadron (Polish) returning from the supply mission

for the Warsaw Uprising in the August 1944 to the base in Brindisi.



L/E 550 Limited Edition signed & numbered prints


Each of these editions are individuall numbered

Overall print size: 33 3/4" wide 26" high     86 x 66 cm

Image size:   29" wide 20" high     74 x 51 cm



S/N 495 Signed & Numbered prints NINE signatures       PRICE 225 € plus postage


signed by


Warrant Officer  BOLESLAW HULAS  VMv CV DFC

Warrant Officer  STANISLAW BECKER  CV

Warrant Officer  JOZEF ZUBRZYCKI  VMv CV DFC

Warrant Officer  WLODZIMIERZ BERNCHARDT  CV

Flying Officer  JACEK BLOCKI  VMv CV

Flying Officer  ANTONI FREYER  CV DFC

Pilot Officer  ROMAN BLASZAK  VMv CV

Flight Sergeant  ANTONI TOMICZEK  CV

Flight Sergeant  TADEUSZ RUMAN  VMv CV DFC





A/P 55 Artist's Proofs ELEVEN signaturs       PRICE 280 € plus postage


signed by


Warrant Officer  BOLESLAW HULAS  VMv KW DFC

Warrant Officer  STANISLAW BECKER  KW

Warrant Officer  JOZEF ZUBRZYCKI  VMv KW DFC

Warrant Officer  WLODZIMIERZ BERNCHARDT  KW

Flying Officer KAZIMIERZ SZRAJER VMv KW DFC

Flying Officer  JACEK BLOCKI  VMv KW

Flying Officer  ANTONI FREYER  CV DFC

Pilot Officer  ROMAN BLASZAK  VMv KW

Flight Sergeant  ANTONI TOMICZEK  KW

Flight Sergeant  TADEUSZ RUMAN  DFM VMv KW DFM

Flight Sergeant STANISLAW OLEJNIK KW





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signed by



Warrant Officer  BOLESLAW HULAS  VMv KW DFC

Warrant Officer  STANISLAW BECKER  KW

Warrant Officer  JOZEF ZUBRZYCKI  VMv KW DFC

Warrant Officer  WLODZIMIERZ BERNCHARDT  KW

Flying Officer KAZIMIERZ SZRAJER VMv KW DFC

Flying Officer  JACEK BLOCKI  VMv KW

Flying Officer  ANTONI FREYER  KW DFC

Pilot Officer  ROMAN BLASZAK  VMv KW

Flight Sergeant  ANTONI TOMICZEK  KW

Flight Sergeant  TADEUSZ RUMAN  DFM VMv KW DFM

Flight Sergeant STANISLAW OLEJNIK  KW





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signed by



Warrant Officer  BOLESLAW HULAS  VMv KW DFC

Warrant Officer  STANISLAW BECKER  KW

Warrant Officer  JOZEF ZUBRZYCKI  VMv KW DFC

Warrant Officer  WLODZIMIERZ BERNCHARDT  KW

Flying Officer KAZIMIERZ SZRAJER VMv KW DFC

Flying Officer  JACEK BLOCKI  VMv KW

Flying Officer  ANTONI FREYER  KW DFC

Pilot Officer  ROMAN BLASZAK  VMv KW

Flight Sergeant  ANTONI TOMICZEK  KW

Flight Sergeant  TADEUSZ RUMAN  DFM VMv KW DFM

Flight Sergeant STANISLAW OLEJNIK  KW








       I took part in the supply dropping missions to Warsaw in the summer of 1944, with aid for the uprising. Those were particularly difficult sorties, full of emotion and feelings. We could see the burning city, our beloved city of Warsaw. The flights were long, conducted by night, but we have often returned at dawn and the atmosphere that you have shown in the picture is so suggestive that for a moment I was back in those dramatic times.

 


F/Sgt Tadeusz Ruman

301 Sqn and C Fligh (Polish) 1586 Special Duties Squadron






A close-up BZ956 GR-S at the end of its service with No.1586 Flight, with F/Lt Szostak's crew in front of the aircraft-Szostak standing fifth from the left. Marking on the fuselage, with the number of ops increased to 31 by the addition of seven sorties to Poland, are cleary visible. THe last one was flown on the night of 30 May 1944

 

A Liberator VI EV978 GR-R, which served No.1586 Flight from the middle of April to the middle of August 1944, adorned with the "Parot on a Bomb" emblem (popularly called "Neciuk", because of the alleged resemblance to F/Sgt Neciuk) It was flown mostly by F/Lt Michal Goszczynski's crew.The photograph was taken of at the begining of July 1944.




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uxonVbEcDc


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKO5MBfbKgI&feature=fvwrel






NO.1586 (SPECIAL DUTIES) FLIGHT C

 

      At the end of 1943 the Polish OC1 Flight was withdrawn from No.138 Squadron RAF and reformed as an independent No. 1586 (Special Duties) Flight. As the allies advanced in the Mediterranean, it became possible to move the flight to that theatre, first for a short spell to Tunisia, and in December 1943 to Italy, to Campo Cassale aerodrome near brindisi. The route from there to Poland was shorter and it avoided overflying the heavily defended German territory. From the atumn 1943 until the end of July 1944 the Polish flight has flown 210 supply sorties for the Polish Home Army. The combined time of these missions was some 1,800 flying hours, or approximately 9,5 hours per one sortie. Only 125 sorties (less than 60%) ended with successful drops (similar factor for those British units that also flew to Poland was below 45%). Over 160 tonnes of supplies wer dropped and over 140 "silentdark" men parachuted. Apart from the missions to Poland, in 1944 one of the principal task of the Flight was to drop supplies to communitst guerrillasin the Balkans. Since the beginning of flying to Poland, attempts were made to equip Polish crews with the excellent American Convair Liberator long-range bomber. The first Liberators were delivered to the Flight in the autumn of 1943 but until the end of its existance the unit never converted fully to the type and it had to continue to use some British Handley Page Halifaxes, disliked by many crews due to their shorter range and lower reliability.


 


Mr.Zubrzycki Jozef ex 1586 and 301 Squadrons is signing Piotr Gorka's art prints.

AIDING THE WARSAW UPRISING


      From the viewpoint of aerial supplis, the Warsaw Uprising broke out in a very unfortunate moment. In July 1944 a number of No. 1596 Flight crews have completed their combat tours. On 1 August the unit had 6 full crews and 9 aircraft. According to military estimates, supply drops could affect the course of the Uprising if more than a dozen tonnes were dropped every day. This meant the veed to send at least 20 aircraft to Warsaw every night. The RAF HQ decided that such missions-easily predictable for the Germans-had no sence at all, due to excessive risks, and suspended them. The Poles protested, and the ban was lifted. This scenario was repeated more than once; the British banned the missions following rational analyses, but re-allowed them after Polish protests. Throughout the Uprising a total of 100 sorties werw flown to Warsaw (including about 30 by the Polish flight). Over 50 of these ended in successful drops. Apart from that, more than 70 sorties (including 50 Polish) were flown to environs of Warsaw. Less than 50 of these resulted in drops, but they had no significant effect on the situation in Warsaw, anyway. Losses amounted to 16 Polish crews and 18 aircraft, and 20 allied (British and South African) crews and at least 21 aircraft. Most sources suggest that by the time the Uprising surrendered on 2 October, the fighters actually received no more than 100 tonnes of supplies. 10 times less than the necessary minimum. Some 200 airmen of all nations were killed in supply drop missions to Warsaw during the Uprising. This does not sound much compared to the estimated number of neary 200,000 fighters and civilians killed in the city. However, has it been attempted to actually deliver the 1,000 tonnes of supplies to Warsaw, then with the same loss factors some 2,000 airmen would die-which is about the number lost by the entire Polish Atr Force throughout the war!






WARSAW RISING The forgotten soldiers


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FraPAIvIOT0        PART 1


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJ0Vo0XMMzQ     PART 2


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BISs_0tHIoA        PART 3


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Wk7zRQLnCU     PART 4


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qd6LExmjBe8      PART 5

Piotr Górka © 2007