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    Born on 22 July 1913 at Bedzin. In 1934 he graduated from a secondary school at Kielce. In 1936 he joined the Air Force Cadet Officers School. He was commissioned on 15 October 1938 as a pilot, and was posted to the 162nd Fighter Flight of the 6th Air Regiment. In August 1939 he was temporarily attached to the 1st Flight of the Border Protection Corps at Sarny. On 25 August, due to the mobilisation, he rejoined the 162nd Flight. In the 1939 campaign he took part in fighting with his flight, allocated to the 'Lodz Army aviation. On 19 September at the orders of his commander he flew to Cernauti in Rumania. Following a short internment, he left Rumania going to Yugoslavia. Then he went to Athens, Greece, and then by sea to France, arriving at Marseilles on 2 December 1939. He joined the Polish GC I/145, which took part in fighting over France in the spring of 1940 as the sole complete Polish Air Force unit. After the collapse of France he was evacuated do Britain. He received service no. P-1495. On 30 July he received a posting to No. 302 Squadron. On 17 August 1940 he had a heavy accident in Hawker Hurricane I P3927 WX-E - he forced-landed in the blazing aircraft and suffered extensive burns. This prevented him from actual participation in the Battle of Britain. Following long convalescence he rejoined No. 302 Squadron on 14 March 1941. He continued to fly with it until mid-February 1942. On 14 February he was appointed an ADC to the Polish Commander-in-Chief, Gen. Wladys'aw Sikorski (the C-in-C had ADCs from all services). In late May 1943 he was temporarily posted to No. 303 Squadron. Following the death of Gen. Sikorski he returned to the post of C-in-C' ADC with Gen. Kazimierz Sosnkowski. On 21 March 1944 he commanced studies at the Polish Air Force Staff College at Weston-Super -Mare. On 28 November 1944 he was posted for an exchange tour with the 9th Air Force USAAF. From December 1944 until the end of the war he flew operationally with the 390th Fighter Squadron 366th Fighter Group USAAF on Republic P-47 Thunderbolts. After the war he settled in Britain. In 1989 he returned to Poland, and lived in Warsaw. He died on 17 December 2000, and was buried at the Powazki Military Cemetery in Warsaw.

 

 

 

His decorations included the

Silver Cross of Virtuti Militari (no. On 12057),

the Cross of Valour and three Bars,

the British Distinguished Flying Cross.

and American Distinguished Flying Cross.

 





                        01.09.1939   162 Esk.       P.11c                                                            0-0-1 Hs 126

                        02.09.1939   162 Esk.       P.11c                                                         1/2-0-0 Me 110

                        02.09.1939   162 Esk.       P.11c                                                            1-0-0 He 111

                        03.09.1939   162 Esk.       P.11c                                                            1-0-0 Do 17

                        06.09.1939   162 Esk.       P.11c                                                            1-0-0 He 111

                        09.06.1940   Dyon I/145   CR.714                      No 2                            1-0-0 Me 109

                        09.06.1940   Dyon I/145   CR.714                      No 2                            0-0-1 Me 109

                        09.06.1940   Dyon I/145   CR.714                      No 2                            0-0-1 Do 17

                        30.12.1941   Dyon 302      Spitfire VB (AD257)   WX-A    13:45 15:15   1-0-0 Me 109

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