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DONALD DUCK AND SNOW WHITE


by Piotr Gorka


Probably the most famous aircraft in IIWW, belonging to 303 Sqn Spitfire Mk V

in the personal colours S/Ldr Jan Zumbach.



LITOGRAPHY ART PRINTS


L/E 430 Limited Edition signed & numbered prints


Each of these editions are individual nambered

Overall print size: 38 1/2"wide   26 3/4"high   98 x 68 cm

Image size :  31 3/4"wide  18 1/2"high   81 x 47 cm

Printed on HQ Acid Free Permanent Paper 300 Gr




 

 

S/N 375 signed and numbered prints  FIVE signatures     PRICE 225 € plus postage



signed by artist and


Wing Commander  BOLESLAW DROBINSKI  VMv CV*** DFC

Wing Commander  TADEUSZ SAWICZ  VMv CV*** DFC DFCUSA 

Squadron Leader  TADEUSZ KOC  VMv CV*** DFC

Flight Lieutenant KAZIMIERZ BUDZIK  VMv CV***

 Warrant Officer  WACLAW GIERMER  CV** DFM





A/P Artist's Proof 40 signed by artist and NINE airmen     PRICE 290 €  plus postage

 


signed by artist and 


Wing Commander  BOLESLAW DROBINSKI  VMv CV*** DFC

Wing Commander  TADEUSZ SAWICZ  VMv CV*** DFC DFCUSA 

Wing Commander  WOJCIECH KOLACZKOWSKI   VMv CV** DFC

Squadron Leader  TADEUSZ KOC  VMv CV*** DFC

Squadron Leader  FRANCISZEK KORNICKI  VMv CV**

Flight Lieutenant  KAZIMIERZ BUDZIK  VMv CV***

Flight Lieutenant  BRONISLAW MACH  VMv CV ** DFC

Warrant Officer  JAKUB BARGIELOWSKI  VMv CV** DFC

Warrant Officer  WACLAW GIERMER  CV** DFM







R/E 15   Remarqued Edition PRICE 495 € plus postage





signed by artist and


Wing Commander  BOLESLAW DROBINSKI  VMv CV*** DFC

Wing Commander  TADEUSZ SAWICZ  VMv CV*** DFC DFCUSA 

Wing Commander  WOJCIECH KOLACZKOWSKI   VMv CV** DFC

Squadron Leader  TADEUSZ KOC  VMv CV*** DFC

Squadron Leader  FRANCISZEK KORNICKI  VMv CV**

Flight Lieutenant  KAZIMIERZ BUDZIK  VMv CV***

Flight Lieutenant  BRONISLAW MACH  VMv CV ** DFC

Warrant Officer  JAKUB BARGIELOWSKI  VMv CV** DFC

Warrant Officer  WACLAW GIERMER  CV** DFM







    I am writing to expres my thanks a behalf of Battle of Britain Memorial Flight for the wanderful gift you gave me at Gorazka. You are a wandrerful artist, the painting is beaty and loving that amazing collection of signatures is truly incredible. The painting now hangs in pride of in our corridor opposite our gallery of VC winners...


Squadron Leader A C Pinner MBE BSc RAF

Officer Commanding BBMF











Three Polish commanders. From left to right standing: Sq/ldr Jan "Johnny" ZUMBACH C.O. of 303. (Polish) Sqn, W/Cdr Stefan WITORZENC, Wing Leader of 2nd Polish Wing, Fl/lt Zygmunt BIENKOWSKI "A" Flight 303 Sqn Commander. Kirton-in-Lindsey, September 1942.

 






       All sorts of mascot; live animal, toy or lucky charms, drawings and paintings, were a way of “taming” the stress of war encountered in various service of many countries. Some expressed actual supersitions of their owners, others were just jokes. It seems that virtually all units of the Polish AF in Britain had their mascot animals. Some were truly owned by the entire squadrons, others belonged to individuals. Most of them were dogs and the most famoust of all, mentioned in memoirs and historical books, was Ciapek, No 305 Squadron dog, famed for his participation in combat sorties. Other well known dogs included Pigmy of No. 317 Sqn. Jumbie of No. 308 and Mysza of No. 315. In the latter squadron Wlodzimierz Miksa owned  a monkey which was also described in memoris of many pilots who served at Northolt at the time. Toy mascots or souvenirs carried by the pilots have not been described so colourfully in memories, althought the habit of using various gifts from their sweethears (such as stockings) to bring good luck was mentioned by many. Artwork applied on aircraft mainly depicted the crew members ‘sweethearts’. Often it was very simple, taking the form of just a name, althought some were actually quite huge, elaborate paintings. Funny cartoons were also frequently painted on  aircraft, often involving well known characters, for example from Disney films. Various forms of combat scoreboards were the rule. Fighters usually marked all victories against enemy machines, bombers logged all their missions








No.303's artist was busy to decorate several Spitfires with various Disney characters in preparation Independence Day festivities. The three other examples of the artist's handwork; Kirton-in-Lindsey November 1942. At that time the PAF

unit was based at Kirton-in-Lindsey along eith the USAAF's 94th FS/1st FG.






Standing from left to right S/Ldr Al Pinner MBE commander Battle of Britain Memorial Flitght, Piotr Gorka, Jerzy Glowczewski ex 308 Squadron 'Krakow'. This framed art print is now in collection, BBM RAF in Coningsby.






             Wartime photo, Spitfire MkVb RF-D of 303 Squadron in airborn.



Piotr Górka © 2007