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     Born on 14 January 1915 at Zalas near Chrzanow in Cracow region, son of Wincenty and Helena  Malodobra. In January 1936 he joined the Air Force Cadet Officers'School at Deblin. He was commissioned on 15 October 1938, and was posted to the 123rd Fighter Flight of the 2nd Air Regiment in Cracow. In September 1939 he fought with the 123rd Flight which was part of the Pursuit Brigade. On 17 September he flew to Jassy in Rumania (now in Ukraine). He managed to leave Rumania by sea and he arrived in Marseilles on 27 November 1939. He was posted to the so-called

Montpellier Group. He joined the section of Lt. Jozef Brzezinski, attachedmon 26 March to Groupe de Chasse I/2 based at Xaffevilliers. On 17 May 1940 he was shot down by ground fire and during a forcd landing his Morane-Saulnier MS.406 no. 951 '6' hit an earth bank and he was slightly injured. After a short spell in a hospital he rejoined the unit on 22 May. After the fall of France he was evacuated to Britain, arriving there on 27 June. He received service no. P-1300. On 23 July 1940 he was posted to no. 302 Squadron, and fought in the Battle of Britain with it. On 20 September 1940 he was wounded during a crashlanding, and prolonged hospital treatment followed. Released from operational flying, he was an Operations Room controller for No. 302 Squadron, and during summer 1943 also briefly for No.315 Squadron. On 24 June 1944 he was posted to No. 16 (Polish) Service Flying Training School at Newton for an instructor's course. In January 1945 he was posted for a pilot's navigation course.Upon completion of this he returned to Newton as a navigation instructor. In 1946 he left the Polish Air Force. He initially stayed in Britain, but after a while he left to Canada. He has worked in steel industry. In 1995 he returned to Poland. He lived in Cracow until his death on 24 April 2004. He was buried at Prokocim cemetery in Cracow.

 

 

 

 

His decorations included

the Silver Cross of Virtuti Militari,

the Cross of Valour

the French Croix de Guerre.







                   02.06.1940     MS.406 949                15         Groupe de Chasse                          1/3-0-0 He 111

                   08.06.1940     MS.406 691                12         Groupe de Chasse      15:30              1-0-0 Me 109

                   08.06.1940     MS.406 691                12         Groupe de Chasse      19:45              1-0-0 Ju 87        

                   08.06.1940     MS.406 691                12         Groupe de Chasse      19:45            1/3-0-0 Ju 87

                   21.08.1940     Hurricane I (P3934)    WX-T    302 dyon                    15:50               0-1-0 Ju 88

                   15.09.1940     Hurricane I (P3923)    WX-U    302 dyon                    12:10               1-0-0 Do 217

                   15.09.1940     Hurricane I (P3923)    WX-U    302 dyon                    12:10               0-1-0 Do 215

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