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    Born on 11 May 1911 in Warsaw, son of Adolf and Anna. He joined the Air Force Cadet Officers’ School at Dęblin in 1932. He graduated as the 3rd best and was commissioned as a navigator in 1934 and received a posting to the 213 Bomber Flight of the 1st Air Regiment in Warsaw. In 1935 he completed a flying course at the Air Force Officers’Training Centre. He was posted to the 111th Fighter Flight. On 2 March 1936 he had an unusual accident in PZL P.11a no. 7.6, when the propeller was entangled in a drogue cable during air firing practice. In 1936 he completed an advanced flying course at Grudziadz. At the same time he was a well-known sports-flyer in the Warsaw Flying Club. In 1937 he represented Poland at gliding championships at Rhön in Germany. In 1937 he became an instructor at the Air Force Cadet Officers’ School. In September 1939 he fought in the ad hoc unit of flying instructors. He then went to Rumania and thence to France, arriving there in October 1939. During the Battle of France he led a fighter section in defence of Chateauroux air base and the Bloch aircraft assembly plant. Following the French collapse, on 18 June 1940 he led his unit (three fighters and a light transport aircraft) to RAF Tangmere, the only Polish unit to fly their aircraft from France to Britain. In the Polish Air Force in Britain he received service no. P-1393. On 2 August 1940 to No. 303 Squadron then forming. On 7 September 1940 he was appointed the Polish commander of the A’ Flight. That same day his Hurricane V6605 YO-N (borrowed from No.1 Squadron RCAF) was damaged in the same combat in which F/O Pisarek and F/O Daszewski had to bale out. On 27 September his Hurricane I V7246 RF-D was damaged in the same combat in which F/Lt Paszkiewicz and Sgt Andruszków were killed. On 22 October 1940 he became acting commander of No. 303 Squadron, holding this post until 6 November 1940, after which he resumed the ‘A’ Flight commander duties. On 22 February 1941 he was appointed to command No. 303 Sqn. On 12 April 1941 during a combat mission to France his Spitfire II P8029 RF-P was damaged by German ground fire during the attack on the Luftwaffe airfield at Berck. On the way back he was forced to ditch in the English Channel some 15 miles off Dungeness and was never found.

 



His sister, Hanna Henneberg was a painter.

She was the first woman to obtain a

pilot's licence in the Warsaw Aero Club. She

died in September 1934 after suffering serious

injuries in a gliding accident.

 

 

 

He was awarded

the Silver Cross of Virtuti Militari (no. 8818),

the Cross of Valour and two Bars,

the Distinguished Flying Cross .







05.06.1940    Klucz 'He' MB.152                                                           1/2-0-0 He 111

31.08.1940    Dyon 303 Hurricane I (V7290)   RF-H      18:25                 1-0-0 Me 109

02.09.1940    Dyon 303 Hurricane I (V7246)   RF-D      17:50                 0-0-1 Me 109

07.09.1940    Dyon 303 Hurricane I (V6605)   YO-N     17:00                 1-1-0 Me 109

11.09.1940    Dyon 303 Hurricane I (P3939)   RF-H      16:00                 1-0-0 Me 109

11.09.1940    Dyon 303 Hurricane I (P3939)   RF-H      16:00                 1-0-0 He 111

15.09.1940    Dyon 303 Hurricane I (P3120)   RF-A      12:00                 1-0-0 Do 215

15.09.1940    Dyon 303 Hurricane I (P3120)   RF-A      12:00                 1-0-0 Me 109

37.09.1940    Dyon 303 Hurricane I (V7246)   RF-D      09:20                 1-0-0 Me 109

05.09.1940    Dyon 303 Hurricane I (V6684)   RF-F      11:40                 1-0-0 Me 110



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