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LITTLE FRIENDS

 

by Piotr Górka

Demaged B-17 Fortress escorted by Mk.IX Spitfires of 302 Squadron (Polish)  winter 1943.


Limited Edition of 550


450 signed by artist and FIVE pilots


Each of these editions are individuall numbered

Overall print size: 35 1/2"wide  26"high   90 x 66 cm

Image size:  30"wide  20"high   76 x 51 cm

Printed On HQ Acid Free Permanent Paper 300 Gr


PRICE 225 € plus postage


signed by artist and


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

Wing Commander  TADEUSZ SAWICZ   VMv CV*** DFC DFCUSA

Squadron Leader  IGNACY OLSZEWSKI  VMv CV**  DFC

Flight Lieutenant  JERZY SZYMANKIEWICZ   VMv CV* DFC

Flight Lieutenant  EDWARD JAWORSKI  VMv CV**  DFC




90 Multi Signatures TEN signatures


PRICE 270 € plus postage


signed by artist and



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

Wing Commander  TADEUSZ SAWICZ   VMv CV*** DFC DFCUSA

Squadron Leader  IGNACY OLSZEWSKI  VMv CV**  DFC

Flight Lieutenant  JERZY SZYMANKIEWICZ   VMv CV* DFC

Flight Lieutenant  EDWARD JAWORSKI  VMv CV**  DFC


Squadron Leader BOLESLAW GLADYCH "MIKE KILLER" VM CV* DFC

Pilot Officer PIOTR KURYLLOWICZ CV

Flight Lieutenant STEFAN ANDERSZ CV*

                                                 Flight Lieutenant STANISLAW NAWARSKI CV

Flight Lieutenant WITOLD LANOWSKI "LANY" CV






R/E  Remarqued Edition 10 PRICE 390 € plus postage ELEVEN signatures


NOT AVAILABLE

signed by artist and



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

Wing Commander  TADEUSZ SAWICZ   VMv CV*** DFC DFCUSA

Squadron Leader  IGNACY OLSZEWSKI  VMv CV**  DFC

Flight Lieutenant  JERZY SZYMANKIEWICZ   VMv CV* DFC

Flight Lieutenant  EDWARD JAWORSKI  VMv CV**  DFC


Squadron Leader BOLESLAW GLADYCH "MIKE KILLER" VM CV* DFC

Pilot Officer PIOTR KURYLLOWICZ CV

Flight Lieutenant STEFAN ANDERSZ CV*

                                                 Flight Lieutenant STANISLAW NAWARSKI CV

Flight Lieutenant WITOLD LANOWSKI "LANY" CV


Squadron Leader JANUSZ ZURAKOWSKI VM CV




       We have had the opportunity to meet several times and I always had the chance to admire his progress. I am particulary fond of the pictures presenting Polish 'Wings'. I myself had the honour of commanding them during the War. The painting entitled "Little Friends" (that is what we, the fighter, were called by the bombers crews) is one of my favorites. It brings back my memories from the time when, every day we had been on flying missions, backing up he bombing expeditions, and often on the way back we were taking care of the damaged B-17s. We had always tried, at any cost, to bring them safely back to the shores of England. That painting I had mentioned shows the atmosphere of those days-so precious to my hart.


W/Cdr Stanislaw Skalski  VMIV VMV KW*** DSO DFC**

CO. 131 & 133 Polish Fighter Wing, Polish Fighting Team

306, 317, 316, Sqn. 601 Sqn RAF










THE POLISH AIR FORCE IN GREAT BRITAIN

 

          The Polish Air Force in Great Britain has been flying combat missions since the summer of 1940, These involved fighter operations, night-time bombings of German targets, and antisubmarine patrols, Pilots in Polish squadrons represented about 10% of Britain's Royal Air Force operational strength but had more war experience. Many began fighting on September 1st 1939 in Poland, later fougt in France and in Battle of Britain. by the end of the war they destroyed almost 1,000 enymy aircraft and 200 V1 flying bombs. In 1942 these pilots were highly value for their experience and wer assigned a new mission, escorting American daytime bombing raids against German targets in Europe. these were flown by the heavily armed four-engin B-17 Flying Fortres and B-24 Liberators wich nevertheless endured huge losses from attacks by German fighters and anti-aircraft defenses. During the war, the 8th US Air Force flyingout of England lost over 2,000 bombers and 22,000 flying personnel. Shortly after these missions began, fighter escorts were provided to the departing and returning flights, and losses were dramatically reduced. The escorting fighters were often called "little friends" by the bomber crews who felt more secure by their presence. Many of these early escorts were flown by two Polish fighter wings operating out of Southern England. Polish pilots developed their own method of protecting the American bombers and they were so successful at reducing losses that the 8th Air Force requested that other RAF wings flying escort missions should adopt Polish pilots' tactics. The Poles took particular care of escorting returning damaged bombers, guiding them to emergency airfilds and providing protection to aircrews diched in the sea until help arrived. Numerous messages of thanks from saved American flyers testify to their effectiveness. The paiting "Little Frriends" , depicts an event in late atumn of 1943 over Holland when two Spitfires of the Polish No. 302 'City of Poznan' Squadron escort a damage Flying Fortress back to a safe landing in England. Print is signet by five hight commanding pilots in 131 Wing (Polish)





Polish  Spitfire  of  302 Sqn "Poznan",  covering USAAF  Boeing "Flying Fortress" B-17.













  In the summer of 1943 S/Ldr Tadeusz Sawicz, commander of No.315 Squadron and then assistant leader of 1st Polish Wing, was awarded the American DFC for his merits in escorting US bombers over Europe. 
























Mrs Tadeusz Sawicz and Jerzy

Szymankiewicz are signing art prints.














Piotr Górka © 2007