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   Born on 13 November 1907 at Zytomierz. In 1926 he graduated from the National Secondary School at Zamosc, and subsequently completed studies at the Warsaw Technical University. In 1935 he graduated from the Air Force Reserve Cadet Officers' School at Deblin, and between April and July 1936 he took an advanced flying course at Grudziadz. As a reserve officer he flew with units of the 1st Air Regiment in Warsaw. He worked at the Aviation Technical Institute in Warsaw. He was in charge of fighter performance research, he was also a test pilot at the Institute. In September 1939 he was evacuated to Lwow, and then to Zaleszczyki. On 17 September 1939 he crossed the Rumanian border with other workers of the Institute. He travelled via Yugoslavia and Greece, and then he reached France by sea. In December 1939 he arrived in Britain. He received service no. 76617. Following conversion training, he was posted do No. 152 Squadron RAF on 6 August, but already on 11 August 1940 he received a posting to No. 234 Squadron RAF. On 5 October 1940 he was reposted to No. 609 Squadron RAF. With these squadrons he fought in the Battle of Britain. On 8 November 1940 after a combat sortie his Supermarine Spitfire I X4560 PR-H overturned during landing due to a technical failure, but the pilot escaped unhurt. As a result of his service with the RAF fighter squadrons he filed a report on the shortcomings of the Spitfire I. He suggested his own modifications to the design. In March 1941 he was invited to join the Applied Aerodynamics Department of the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough. His job there was to analyse performance and strength of airframes and to develop effective methods for piloting and air combat. While testing his results he occasionally flew with Nos 309 and 316 Squadrons. He has reached the rank of a senior aerodynamicist. In 1945 he moved to the Central Fighter Establishment RAF, and then to the HQ Fighter Command RAF. In 1947, upon demobilisation, he was employed by A. V. Roe (Avro) at Manchester, as an aerodynamicist. He worked on numerous projects, including the Vulcan bomber. He died on 20 June 1970.

 

 

 

His pre-war decorations included

the Silver (1935) and Golden Cross of

Merit (1939),

and during the war he was

awarded the Cross of Valour.






                        1940.08.24     234 Sqn Spitfire I  N3279     AZ-Y       16:50            0-1-0 Me 109

                        1940.09.04     234 Sqn Spitfire I  X4182                   13:20            1-0-0 Me 109



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