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by Piotr Górka


S/Ldr Witold Urbanowicz's Hurricane MkI of 303 Sqn during a combat over Beachy Head

in the summer of 1940.




L/E 490 Limited Edition signed & numbered prints


Each of these editions are individual nambered

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

Image size : 29 1/2"wide  17 3/4"high   75 x 45 cm

Printed on HQ Acid Free Permanent Paper 300 Gr




S/N 330 signed by FOUR pilots No 303 Sqn  PRICE 225 €  plus postage


signed by artist and


Wing Commander  SAWICZ TADEUSZ  VM CV*** DFC DFCUSA 

Squadron Leader  KORNICKI FRANCISZEK  VM CV**

Squadron Leader  DROBINSKI BOLESLAW  VM CV*** DFC

Warrant Officer  GIERMER WACLAW  DFM CV** DFM





S/N 150 signed by SIX pilots No 303 Sqn  PRICE 249 €  plus postage


signed by artist and


Wing Commander  SAWICZ TADEUSZ  VM CV*** DFC DFCUSA 

Squadron Leader  KORNICKI FRANCISZEK  VM CV**

Squadron Leader  DROBINSKI BOLESLAW  VM CV*** DFC

Warrant Officer  GIERMER WACLAW  DFM CV** DFM


Wing Commander  WITOLD URBANOWICZ   VM CV*** DFC AMUSA

Squadron Leader  STANISLAW WANDZILAK   VM CV*** DFC






A/P Artists Proof 60 signed by artist and EIGHT airmen PRICE 295 € plus postage


signed by artist and


Wing Commander  SAWICZ TADEUSZ  VM CV*** DFC DFCUSA 

Squadron Leader  KORNICKI FRANCISZEK  VM CV**

Squadron Leader  DROBINSKI BOLESLAW  VM CV*** DFC

Warrant Officer  GIERMER WACLAW  DFM CV** DFM


Wing Commander  WITOLD URBANOWICZ   VM CV*** DFC AMUSA

Squadron Leader  STANISLAW WANDZILAK   VM CV*** DFC


Wing Commander  JAN FALKOWSKI   VM CV*** DFC

Squadron Leader  TADEUSZ KOC   VM CV*** DFC








R/E  Remarqued Edition 20 signed by artist and EIGHT airmen PRICE 390 € plus postage





signed by artist and


Wing Commander  SAWICZ TADEUSZ  VM CV*** DFC DFCUSA 

Squadron Leader  KORNICKI FRANCISZEK  VM CV**

Squadron Leader  DROBINSKI BOLESLAW  VM CV*** DFC

Warrant Officer  GIERMER WACLAW  DFM CV** DFM


Wing Commander  WITOLD URBANOWICZ   VM CV*** DFC AMUSA

Squadron Leader  STANISLAW WANDZILAK   VM CV*** DFC


Wing Commander  JAN FALKOWSKI   VM CV*** DFC

Squadron Leader  TADEUSZ KOC   VM CV*** DFC


 







F/Lt Witold Urbanowicz, summer 1940 Northolt. In back Hurricane RF-A  P3120 it was flown by several aces of No 303 Sqn during the Battle of Britain, including F/Lt Urbanowicz and F/O Henneberg. The purpose of the diagonal stripe just forward of the tail surfaces remains a mystery, with a similar marking being applied to at leats one other squadron Hurricane - it could have been a rank emblem, similar to those applied to P-11 fighter.  This Hurricane had been transfered in from No 302 Sqn, so it almost cartainly had the Polish square painted beneath the cocpit.





NO 303 SQN. 'KOSCIUSZKO' IN BATTLE OF BRITAIN

 

 

     Pilots of No.303 Squadron, formed mainly from the personnel of the Ist ‘City of Warsaw” Squadron organised in France by S/Ldr Zdzislaw Krasnodebski, found themselves in the right place at the right time. Less than a month efter arrival RAF Northolt, during a training flight on 30 August 1940 F/O Ludwik Paszkiewicz disobeyed orders when he left the formation and shot down an enemy aircraft. This accurrence resulted in declaring the unit operational squadron of No.11 group that defended London and its environs. Polish fighters entered actions at the time when the Luftwaffe stepped up its attacks on the capiltal city of British Empire and lack of skilled personnel started to be a real problem for HQ Fighter Commmand. Intensive fighting in early September 1940 brought significant successes on a deily basis. The score of enemy aircraft destroyed rose day by day with only small losses for the defenders. The top scorers included F/O Zdzislaw Henneberg. P/O Jan Zumbach, Sgt Eugeniusz Szaposznikow, P/O Miroslaw Feric, Sgt Stanislaw Karubin, F/O Ludwik Paszkiewicz and the most famoust Czech pilot, Sgt Josef Frantisek, all of whom became aces credited with five or more confirmed victories. By the time the unit moved from Northolt to Leconfield, No. 303 Squadron had celebrated the credit for the destruction of 126 enemy aircraft. No. 303, know as the ‘City of Warsaw’ and ‘Kosciuszko’ Squadron, continued traditions of the original ‘Kosciuszko Squadron’ of American volounteers during the Polish-bolshevik war of 1920. Successes of No. 303 Sqn, officially acclaimed by the RAF as the top-scoring Battle of Britain squadrons, have becom legendary.



























 

 




S/Ldr W Urbanowicz and F/O W Kolaczkowski after the Hard Days. They are discussing about combat tactics.




This is link to the film about No.303 Squadron


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptijNcDanVw&feature=related






Piotr Górka © 2007