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FOLLOW THE DONALD DUCK

 

by Piotr Górka


Four Spitfire Mk.Vs of No.2 (Polish) Wing during the "Rodeo" sweep over the English

       Channel in summer 1942. 



L/E 550 Limited Edition signed & numbered prints

 

Each of these editions are individuall numbered

  Overall print size: 26"wide  19 3/4"high     65.5 x 50 cm

  Image size: 21 1/2"wide  15 1/2"high   55 x 39 cm

Printed on HQ Acid Free Permanent Paper 250 Gr


 



S/N 400 Signed & Numbered by artist and SIX airmen 303 and 317 Sqns      PRICE 195 € plus postage

 

signed by artist and


Wing Commander STANISLAW  SKALSKI  VMIV VMv CV*** DSO DFC**

  Wing Commander WOJCIECH KOLACZKOWSKI  VMv CV** DFC

  Flight Lieutenant KAZIMIERZ BUDZIK  VMv CV DFC

  Flight Lieutenant MARTEL LUDWIK MARTEL VMv CV*

  Flying Officer WERNER KIRCHNER CV

  Warrant Officer WACLAW GIERMER CV** DFM


 


M/S 100 Multi Signatures  signed by artist and EIGHT airmen 303 and 317 Sqns    PRICE 225 € plus postage 

  

signed by artist and


Wing Commander STANISLAW  SKALSKI  VMIV VMv CV*** DSO DFC**

  Wing Commander WOJCIECH KOLACZKOWSKI  VMv CV** DFC

  Flight Lieutenant KAZIMIERZ BUDZIK  VMv CV DFC

Squadron Leader  MICHAL CWYNAR  VMv CV*** DFC

  Flight Lieutenant   KAZIMIERZ BUDZIK  VMv CV DFC

  Flight Lieutenant  LUDWIK MARTEL  VMv CV*

Flying Office  MIROSLAW SZELESTOWSKI  VM KW*

  Flying Officer  WERNER KIRCHNER   CV

  Warrant Officer   WACLAW GIERMER   CV** DFM


        


   M/S 50 Multi Signatures  signed by artist and TWELVE airmen 303 and 317 Sqns    PRICE 299 € plus postage

  

signed by artist


Wing Commander STANISLAW  SKALSKI  VMIV VMv CV*** DSO DFC**

  Wing Commander WOJCIECH KOLACZKOWSKI  VMv CV** DFC

  Flight Lieutenant KAZIMIERZ BUDZIK  VMv CV DFC

Squadron Leader  MICHAL CWYNAR  VMv CV*** DFC

Squadron Leader  JANUSZ ZURAKOWSKI  VMv CV**

  Flight Lieutenant   KAZIMIERZ BUDZIK  VMv CV DFC

  Flight Lieutenant  LUDWIK MARTEL  VMv CV*

Fligh Lieutenant  JERZY MENCEL CV* DFC

 Flying Office  MIROSLAW SZELESTOWSKI  VMv CV*

  Flying Officer  WERNER KIRCHNER CV

Pilot Officer  PIOTR KURYLLOWICZ  CV

  Warrant Officer  WACLAW GIERMER  CV** DFM









     Among works of the Polish artists which I had the opportunity to acquaint myself with whilst searching for a suitable picture for a dust jacket for my forthcoming book "Polish Air Force at war, 1939-1945" official history, commissioned by the Polish Air  Force Association in Great Britain - outstanding paintings of air combat scenes by Piotr Gorka from Cracow attracted my particulary attantion. Works of Mr.Gorka, bassed on detailed studies of actual air encounters and combat tactics, represent strikingly accurate drawings of aircraft and their camouflage schemes, captured in highly dramatic war settings. The depth of his paintings,combined with the harmony of colour and excellence of the overall composition, reflect his great artistic skills and fine workmanship, which place him among the leading aviation artists of international standing. His paintings have to be counted among the most fascinating examples of aviation art. These considerations led the Polish Air Force Association in Great Britain to commission Mr.Gorka to produce an exclusive painting for the dust jacket of the above mentioned book.

 

 

Jerzy B. Cynk

Aviation Historian









A section of three Spitfire VBs of No.317 Squadron in flight in the early months of 1942






ABOUT OF PICTURE

 

         A section of four Spitfires, two each from two different Polish units. Those coded 'RF' are from No. 303 Squadron, at the time commanded by S/Ldr Jan Zumbach. His personal Spitfire Vs were usually adorned with the Donald Duck motif in various shapes. The 'JH' coded Spitfires are from No. 317 Squadron, at the time commanded by S/Ldr Stanislaw Skalski, the ranking Polish ace of WWII. Both these squadrons displayed outstanding effectiveness during the Operation 'JUBILEE', the ill-fated landing at Dieppe on 19 August 1942 by Canadian troops. Their score constituted over 15 % of the overall number of victories credited tom Allied air unit in the operations. No. 303 Sqn proved the top-scoring unit on the Allied side. This was not a surprise for the HQ Fighter Command. Several months earlier No.11 Group organised a competition in air-to-air shooting with 22 squadrons participating. The results of the competition astonished the HQ Fighter Command, as three Polish squadrons came first, and by large margin. No. 303 Sqn scored 808 points, No. 316 - 432 points, and No. 315 - 183 points. The best RAF squadron was fourth, with 150 points. That result was another confirmation of the Poles' excellent combat abilities and their effectiveness in air engagements over England in 1940 during the Batlle of Britain.


 

Going to battle: No.303's Spitfires, led by S/Ldr Jan Zumbach, in a tight formation above cloud in the weeks immediately before the Dieppe raid. Note 'Donald Duck' with the raised bat on the C.O.'s engine cowling.



THE POLISH FIGHTER WINGS

 

       The term "wing" was used in the British air arm to refer to a number of squadrons operating together alraedy during WWI. When the RAF started offensive operations over France in late 1940/early 1941, organisation of fighter wing commenced. First two Polish wings were established in the spring-summer 1941. The 1st Wing was formed at RAF Northolt, in No. 11 Group RAF. It entered offensive operations in June 1941. Similar to the earlier practice at squadron level, the wing was led by a British officer, with a Polish double in this capacity. Soon the Polish and British wing leader functions were combined and W/Cdr Tadeusz Rolski took command of the 1st Wing as the first non-British officer to lead a wing in RAF structure. The 1st Wing was the principal Polish fighter formation in Britain for most part of the war. Squadrons of the 1st Wing took part in the most intensive daylight operations of the RAF. escorting bombers and flying fighter sweeps over occupied France and Belgium. The 2nd Wing was formed on 18 August 1941, with headquarters at RAF Exeter. It belonged to No.10 Group RAF.Squadrons of the 2nd Wing flew patrols, escorting ships off south-western coasts of Britain. They also participated in offensive operations, most often escorting bombers during raids to Kriegsmarine  bases in portrs of occupied France. Due to uneven combat workload of the wings, a rotation was introduced: having served a combat tour in the 1st Wing, squadrons moved to bases outside No. 11 Group for rest from intensive operations.

 

 

 

 


           S/Ldr Jan Zumbach's Spitfire Mk VB BM144 coded RF-D , Kirton-in-Lindsay, August 1942












Another Spitfire VB coded RF-D was BM 144 using by S/Ldr Jan Zumbach during  spring 1942.











































Mr Miroslaw Szelestowski ex 303 Sqn










Original painting on Northolt airport.















Piotr Górka © 2007