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      Born on 23 October 1918 in Ostrog on Horyn. In 1938 he joined

the Air Force Cadet Officers’ School. He was promoted with seniority from 1 September 1939 within 13th promotion. He did not take part in the defence war in September 1939. Together with a group of newly appointed cadet officers he crossed the Romanian border. He reached France via Italy, and then was evacuated to Great Britain. Where he underwent conversion training and was assigned  to No. 65 RAF Squadron, in which he participated the Battle of Britain. On 2 March 1941 he was transferred to No. 303 (Polish) Fighter Squadron T. Kosciuszko, where he fought till 25 March 1942. In 1941 he shot down as follows: two Bf 109 fighters (18 June), Bf 109 (21June)  it was fighter piloted by German ace Adolf Galland, Bf 109 (22 June), Bf 109 (25 June and 3 July). During breaks between combat sorties he was an instructor at 58 OTU in Grangemouth. On 12 August 1942 he returned to No. 303 Squadron; there – from 1 December 1942 he was a flight commander. On 24 October 1942 he shot down another, the seventh, Bf 109. On 18 October 1943 he served in No. 317 (Polish) Fighter Squadron City of Wilno, as a flight commander. On 3 April 1944 he returned to No. 303 Squadron; he was its commander from 26 September 1944 till 31 January 1946. At that time the squadron flew for fighter-bomber purposes. It was bombarding mainly V-2 missile launchers, but also German command posts and communication centres.On 25 April 1945 B. Drobiński led his pilots for the last combat sortie, the longest in the history of WW II (it lasted 5 hours and 57 minutes). The squadron was escorting 255 Lancaster heavy bombers which bombarded Berchtesgaden – Hitler’s HQ. On 1 February 1946 he was transferred to 61 OTU. From 20 March 1946 he was a liaison officer to 11 Fighter Group. Having retired from air force service in 1948, he settled in Great Britain. He lived in Dunsfold, and was an active member of the Polish Air Force Association in Great Britain. He died on 26 July 1995.

 

 

 

He was decorated with:

the Silver Cross of Virtuti Militari War Order (No. 09176)

on 5 September 1941,

the Cross of Valour (Krzyz Walecznych) and three bars,

the Distinguished Flying Cross – on 30 April 1941,

the Air Force Medal,

and many other.


 




                           18.06.1941     Dyon 303   Spitfire II   P8335      RF-R     18:30         2-0-0 Me 109

                           21.06.1941     Dyon 303   Spitfire II   P8335      RF-R     12:35         1-0-0 Me 109

                           22.06.1941     Dyon 303   Spitfire II   P8335      RF-R     16:10         1-0-0 Me 109

                           25.06.1941     Dyon 303   Spitfire II   P8335      RF-R     12:30         1-0-0 Me 109

                           03.07.1941     Dyon 303   Spitfire II   P8461      RF-R     16:00         1-0-0 Me 109

                           06.07.1941     Dyon 303   Spitfire II   P8461      RF-R     09:45      0-1/3-0 Me 109

                           24.10.1941     Dyon 303   Spitfire VB AB929      RF-R     15:10          0-1-0 Me 109

                           13.03.1942     Dyon 303   Spitfire VB AB929      RF-R     15:10          1-0-0 Me 109






POLE WHO DOWNED "DOLFO" GALLAND

 

        Sq/ldr Boleslaw "Ghandi" DROBINSKI - One of the Few (65. Sqn) on 21 June 1941 flying with 303. Sqn during operation "Circus 19" (Blenheim bombers escort) attacked and shot down Messerschmitt Bf 109F-2 werk. no 5776 "< - +" piloted by Obst. Adolf "Dolfo" GALLAND Geschwaderkommodore JG 26 "Schlageter". Obst. Galland made belly landing in France, was slightly injured and spent a week in hospital. Drobinski and Galland met once again in 1968 when the movie "Battle of Britain" was making. Both were movie's consultants. In this time "Dolfo" heared who downed him on 21 June 1941






 


  


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