Born on 2 January 1920 at Jaslo. In 1936 joined the Air Force NCO

School for Minors at Bydgoszcz, from which he graduated at Krosno in 1939, and was posted to the 2nd Air Regiment in Cracow.In September 1939 he fought with the 123rd Fighter Flight, part of the Pursuit Brigade. On 18 September he flew across to Cernauti in Rumania. He then reached France. In the Battle of France he fought in the Polish section led of Lt Wladyslaw Goettel, assigned to GC II/7. After the fall of France he flew to North Africa. He arrived in Britain on 16 July 1940. He received service no. 783583. On 20 August 1940 he was posted to No. 302 Squadron. On 8 November 1940 he was wounded in combat and crash-landed at Detling in his Hurricane I P3935 WX-D. On 8 July 1941 he was injured in an accident of the squadron's Miles Magister T9752 caused by an engine failure. He was commissioned on 1 June 1942 (and received an officer's service no. P-1913). On 23 July 1942 he was shot down (and wounded) by ground fire at Pont de Brique near Boulogne during a combat sortie and was forced to land in his Spitfire VB BL549 WX-E. Initially French resistance and Polish immigrants helped him evade capture, but he was eventually arrested by the Gestapo (contrary to some accounts he did not plan to hi-jack a German aeroplane, though). He spent half a year at the infamous Fresnes prison, and then was sent to a PoW camp, soon transferred to the Stalag Luft III at Sagan. He was liberated on 2 May 1945 at Lubeck and returned to Britain on 9 May. He was released from the Polish Air Force in 1947. He settled in Manchester, running a private business. He died on 5 January 1998.




His awards included

the Silver Cross of Virtuti Militari (no. 08984),

the Cross of Valour and two bars, 

the French Croix de Guerre.

                       1940.05.11    GC II/7 MS.406                                              9:59            1-0-0 He 111

                       1940.06.01    GC II/7 D.520 62                                                           1/3-0-0 He 111

                       1940.06.04    GC II/7 D.520                                                                   1-0-0 He 111

                       1940.06.14    GC II/7 D.520 62                                                              1-0-0 Hs 126

                       1940.06.15    GC II/7 D.520 62                                          15:15           1/2-0-0 Do 17

                       1940.06.15    GC II/7 D.520 62                                                              0-0-1/2 He 111

                       1940.10.18    Dyon 302 Hurricane I P3205    WX-E            17:05           0-1-0 Ju 88

                       1941.03.13    Dyon 302 Hurricane I Z2523    WX-G            15:20           0-0-1/2 Ju 88

                       1941.05.08    Dyon 302 Hurricane II 1300                                             1-0-0 Me 109

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