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STUKA

 

by Piotr Górka

Polish PZL P-11c in action againts German Ju-87, Poland September 1939.

 

180 signed & numbered prints    PRICE 95 € plus postage

18 Artist Proofs    PRICE 110 € plus postage


Each of these editions are individuall numbered

Overall print size: 17 1/3"wide 12 1/4"high   44 x 31 cm

Image size: 15"wide 10 1/5"high   39 x 27 cm

Printed On HQ Acid Free Permanent Paper 250 g



180 signed & numbered prints    PRICE 95 € plus postage


signed by


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

142 Eskadra Mysliwska ( 4 1/4 destroyed in “Polish Campaign ”September1939)


pporucznik pilot  WLODZIMIERZ GEDYMIN   VMv CV

131 Eskadra Mysliwska ( 3,5 destroyed in “Polish Campaign” September 1939) 


chorazy pilot  ANTONI  MARKIEWICZ  CV*

122 Eskadra Mysliwska ( 1,5 destroyed in “Polish Campaign” September 1939)





18 Artist Proofs    PRICE 110 € plus postage


signed by artist and


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

142 Eskadra Mysliwska ( 4 1/4 destroyed in “Polish Campaign ”September1939)


pporucznik pilot  WLODZIMIERZ GEDYMIN   VMv CV

131 Eskadra Mysliwska ( 3,5 destroyed in “Polish Campaign” September 1939) 


chorazy pilot  ANTONI  MARKIEWICZ  CV*

122 Eskadra Mysliwska ( 1,5 destroyed in “Polish Campaign” September 1939)


pchorazy JAN MALINSKI  VMv CV DFC

132 Eskadra Mysliwska ( 2 destroyed in “Polish Campaign” September 1939)







SEPTEMBER 1939 'POLISH CAMPAIGN'

 

 

           Youngsters in Poland of late 1920s were fascinated by the enginnering progress. Aeroplane and glider flying was widely popularised by the Air and Anti-Gas Defence League. For many the air force replaced the cavalry as the most appealing service. Successes of Polish engineers and pilots in international aviation competitions and the growing aircraft industry provided good bacground for training of military air crews. However, the potential of the air  force was still far from recognised by senior army officers. German invasion on 1 September 1939 revealed both the strong and weak points of the Polish Air Force. Polish squadrons moved to forward airfields at the end of August, ahead of German attacks. Although the Luftwaffe claimed to have destroyed the Polish AF on the ground, this was a lie. Air defence of Warsaw led by Col. Stefan Pawlikowski proved the value of Polish airmen during the firs week of  the campaign, but soon the Pursuit Brigade was left with many more skilled pilots than serviceable aircraft. This pattern was repeated in most air units. Efforts of the operational personnel were hamperered by poor communications and logistics. Many repairable aircraft were lost through lack of spares or repair facilities, and sometimes due to lack of fuel. Poor aircraft recognition, especially on the part of the ground forces, led to numerous friendly fire incidents. From the moment France and Britain declared war hoped that the war would be won soon. But when the Soviet Union invaded Poland from the East on 17 September, and the Western powers had not raised a finger, it became obvious that the fighting in Poland was over, for some time at least.

























Mr Stanislaw Skalski in his flat in Warsaw

Piotr Górka © 2007