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VIVE LA POLOGNE


by Piotr Górka


L/E 330  Limited Edition signed & numbered prints


Each of these editions are individual nambered

Overall print size: 25 1/2"wide  19 1/2"high    64 cm x 49 cm

Image size : 22"wide  16"high   55 cm x 40 cm

Printed on HQ Acid Free Permanent Paper 250 Gr



S/N 270 signed by FOUR pilots Groupe de Chasse I/154  during Battle of France 


PRICE 175 €  plus postage


signed by



Squadron Leader  WLADYSLAW GNYS  VMv CV** Croix de Guerre

Flight Lieutenant  CZESLAW GLOWCZYNSKI  VMv CV*** Croix de Guerre

Flying Officer  WLADYSLAW CHCIUK  VMv CV

Warrant Officer  PIOTR ZANIEWSKI  CV**



A/P 60 signed by artist and SEVEN pilots Groupe de Chasse I/154 during Battle of France 


PRICE 230 € plus postage


signed by


Squadron Leader  WLADYSLAW GNYS  VMv CV** Croix de Guerre

Flight Lieutenant  STANISLAW CHALUPA  VMv CV* Croix de Guerre

Flight Lieutenant  CZESLAW GLOWCZYNSKI  VMv CV*** Croix de Guerre

Flight Lieutenant  STANISLAW BOCHNIAK  VMv CV** DFC

Flying Officer  WLADYSLAW CHCIUK  VMv CV

Warrant Officer  PIOTR ZANIEWSKI  CV**

Warrant Officer  ANTONI MARKIEWICZ CV**






IN THE BATLE OF FRANCE

 

 

           By March 1940 the first group of Polish fighter pilots had completed training in France and two more training groups were established at Lyon-Bron airfield. In all, more thenseventy fighter pilots would be trained on French fighter aircraft in 1940. Personnel of the first Polish squadron finished conversion training by March. Pilots of the so-called Monpellier Squadron were split into sections and attached to French squadrons, Each section, with a team of Polish ground crew, had three brand new MS.406s adorned with Polish national markings on the fuselage. On 27 March 1940 Lyon-bron was visited by Polish and French official who took, part in ceremonial assignment of Polish fighters to French units. Following the fully trained equipped Montpellier Squadron and the Group de Chasse I/145. more pilots were trained at Bron. Due to lack of aircraft (sent to front-line units), pilots of subsequent Polish squadrons were split in sections. These were assigned to French fighter units or for protection of specific base, factories, or industrial centres (the latter known as strafing ‘chimney flights’). The degree of combat activity of the sections attached to French squadrons varied, depending on the situation in their respective operational areas, a similarl situation occurring with the independent sections. Due to this dispersion of the Polish fighter force, Polish pilots flew an extraordinary mixture of aircraft types and variants. Over 200 Polish fighter pilots flew operationally during the Battle of France. They  were credited with over 50 enymy aircraft destroyed for the looss of some 15 killed in combat or due to German bombing and strafing.

 




Mr Stanislaw Chalupa in his home in Cracow

 

 



Another one Ju-88

in troubles.








Mr Piotr Zaniewski and Piotr Gorka are signing the prints in the Polish Aviation Museum in Cracow.

Piotr Górka © 2007