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     Born on 22 November 1922 in Lwow, Poland. His ancestor’s masculine came to Galicia in 1883 and started to exploit petrol fields in Ropienko, southern Poland. The father of Georg, also named Georg has been British Consul in Lwow, (now in Ukraina) mother Jadwiga, born Pawlowska, descent from old, noble family. Georg from nativity had British Citizenship and from 1947 Canadian. Education and growth of Georg has been in Lwow. On 1 September when the II War began, he had incomplete 17 years. When the war came to his vicinity, Elgin, with Brother Ralph and mother escaped from Lwow and on 11 September crossed the Romania boundary near Sniatyn. Soon after, the father Georg joint his family, evacuated with British Military Mission, when the Red Soviet Army enter the Polish territory. All Scott family passing trough Romania arrived to Constanca Port  and boarding ship “Transilvania” on which trough Bosphor and Athena landed on 24 September in Alexandria. After few weeks in Cairo, Egypt, all Scott family boarded in Port Said the ship “Dunera”, on 1 November and trough Gibraltar landed in Marsylia. By train in France Elgin

arrived to Cherbourg and from there by ship to Plymouth, England. It was 8

November.  The day of his 17 years anniversary he decided to enter to R.A.F. but the RAF Authority said that they have enough pilots and proposed him to go to Royal Navy. The next year Elgin tried again to go to RAF, this time it was successful and in November 1940 he was already in RAF on voluntary service in Morpeth, Scotland. Soon he was sent to Blackpool, on airport Squires gate where he was trained 3 months introductory course to be RAF recruit. The training mainly concerned exercises with weapons and walk on the Blackpool’s beach. After that training his group started to go to the right pilot training and several months later Elgin had qualification of plane engine mechanic. In  Blackpool service he met a number of Polish pilots, from before war time and they suggested him to serve together with Polish pilots unit. So, Elgin, after completing Mechanical School insured himself admission to Polish unit. In spring 1942 he was posted to the 317 (Polish) Squadron “ WilenskiI” in Northolt, leaded by S/Ldr Stanislaw Skalski. Squadron had as planes Spitfire’s V with unfailing Rolls-Royce Merlin engines and Elgin did the services of that engines until end of his work with 317 Squadron. Than, he planed to complete a pilot stage with Polish pilot school, and captain Skalski  advised him to ask the RAF Commander, captain Adnams in Northolt. Adnams told him that, in order to be trained in Polish Pilot School the RAF under-officer should have agreement of Polish Head Commander. Elgin, having one of his relatives, colonel in Military Justice used that support to address to Polish Defence Minister, general Marian Kukiel, which accepted ask of Elgin and finally received agreement of general Sikorski for Elgin efforts. Finally, in March 1943 Elgin Scott started the first step to be pilot by theory training in ACTC, Hucknall.  After completing that Course in mid April Elgin enter to the Wing of Introductory Training with 12 ITW in Brighton for continuing Theory of Pilot training. Qualified to further pilot training he presented himself to Polish School of Pilot- beginners, 25 EFTS in Hucknall where he flows on Tiger Moths. On 11 November 1943 he was transferred to Pilot Basic School 16 SFTS in Newton where on Master’s planes perfection of his flying art was finished and in mid May 1944 received Gapa. In spite of that Elgin spent several months in Newton. Only on 2 August 1944 he has been promoted Pilot Officer. On 26 September he was sent to 61 OUT  in Rednal for training in plane fighting, including shooting, bombarding and others,on the planes Spitfire. On 16 December 1944 he was sent to 3 TEU Unit training a series of reconnaissance fly on the Mustang’s.  The 1 January 1945 Elginr was appointed to 315 (Polish) Squadron “Deblinski” in  Peterhead, Scotland, acting on fighting flows over North Sea.  Soon, the unit was transferred to Andrews Field, from where  the  Deblinski’s  pilots escorted usually Lancasters and Halifaxs, flying on Germany. Since this service until end of War, Elgin completed 15 combat sorties and 14 operation sorties. He served in 315 Squadron until 14 September, than finishing military service as Flying Officer, received from King Georg written thanks and end service grant. In 1946 Elgin visited his parents in Poland where his Father was serving as British Consul in Katowice. During that stay in Poland Elgin met a young lady, Countess Maria Teresa Tarnowska and soon he married her and they spent a long life together. Unfortunately, after his civil marriage Elgin was forced by the Communist Regime in Poland to leave the Country within 24 hours, as “persona non grata”. Scott escaped to Switzerland but his wife received support in British Consulate during 6 months, before leaving Country. Her mother was arrested. Elgin, by help of Polish Ambassador in Switzerland, former friend of his father received Diplomatic Visa to Poland and could stay in Poland secure. In Warsow he was appointed as adviser to British Flight Attaché, Captain Turner, in British Embassy. With his duty Elgin traveled over Poland but he was permanently followed by the Security Police (U.B). After arrest of Wing Commander Skalski in Poland he tried to intervening but without success. Soon, he was himself arrested, after arrest of Mr. Turner, his former boss, who tried un-legally transfer through Gdynia a Polish lady to West. The Security Service tried to engage him for collaboration, but he openly accepted that, and than, after being free, destroyed all confidential documents and informed his superiors in British Embassy. Embassy arranged for him un-legal transfer to West, from Okecie Airport, when he jumped to the starting Dakota with diplomatic couriers. Elgin flow first to Berlin and to London. Soon he comes back to Wien where his father worked still after leaving Poland. In 1954 Elgin finally decided to go to Canada, his ancestor Country with his wife. He worked first with General Motors in Oshawa, being responsible for distribution of G.M. cars, but soon he found the job with Avro  Aircraft Ltd in Malton. He worked (like many others Poles) with construction of fames Avro CF-105 Arrow, including testing on compressors and turbines of Turbo-Jets planes . After Company stopped that construction in February 1959, Elgin found the job with Pratt & Whitney Co. producing the planes engines. Elgin begins pension life in 1985, always living in Rawdom, near Montreal. He spoke always better Polish than English. Pilot Officer Elgin Scott is dead on 20 August 2011 in Rawdon, at age 88, and was buried on Rawdon cemetery.                    








21.02.1945     Mustang III PK-E  (FB357)    315 dyon     0-0-1/2 Fw 190











Elgin Scott, a British subject, spoke better Polish then English. His father George had been a British consul in Lwow and that was where Elgin was born and brought up. Having volunteered to join the RAF he became a fitter and managed to obtain a posting to No. 317 Sqn. When he applied for a     pilot's training, he stuck with the Poles again. He completed courses at Hucknall and at Newton, and eventually a fighter pilot's training at No.61 OTU. Eventually in 1945 he was posted to No.315 Sqn, in which he continued  to fly until summer 1945.


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