Born on 5 January 1914 at Koscierzyna. He was a son of the railway station manager. Having graduated from a trade school he worked as an electro-technician at the town power station in Koscierzyna. Conscripted in 1934, he underwent a flying course between September 1936 and July 1937 in the 4th Air Regiment. Subsequently he completed an advanced flying course, and in 1937 he became a flying instructor at the Air Force Cadet Officers' School at Deblin. In September 1939 he was evacuated with the school, and subsequently he flew to Rumania, and thence by sea to France. In March 1940 he went to Britain. Following conversion training in July at No. 5 Operational Training Unit, Aston Down, on 3 August 1940 he was posted to No. 234 Squadron RAF at St Eval. On 8 August he crashed Spitfire I N3278 during a forced landing. On 5 October 1940 he transferred to No. 152 Squadron RAF at Warmwell. With these squadrons he fought in the Battle of Britain. On 4 March 1941 he transferred to No. 303 Squadron. On 15 May 1941 he had a night landing accident in Spitfire IIA P8085 RF-J. On 22 June during Circus 18, while flying Spitfire IIB P8189 RF-J, he was involved in a mid-air collision with the aircraft of P/O Maciej Lipinski (both pilots escaped unhurt). On 25 June 1941 he was posted to No. 1 Air Gunners School as a staff pilot. On 16 July 1941 he was forced to make an emergency landing in Hawker Henley L3382 due to engine failure. Subsequently he completed a flying instructor's course and was posted to No. 16 (Polish) Service Flying Training School at Newton as a ground controller. On 2 March 1942 he commenced a twin-engine refresher course, following which he became an instructor on these aircraft at the school at Newton. On 29 April 1942 he had an accident in Airspeed Oxford X7251 due to engine failure, but both he and the pupil pilot Sgt Stanislaw Piasecki were unhurt. In November 1946 he was released from service. He settled in Britain, and worked for Wilkinson-Sword. He died on 4 December 1993 in London.


His decorations included

the Cross of Valour .

1940.08.09    234 Sqn   Spitfire I   R6985                                            0-0-1 Do 215

1940.09.04    234 Sqn   Spitfire I   X4251                            13:15       1-0-0 Me 110

1940.09.04    234 Sqn   Spitfire I   X4251                            13:30       1-0-0 Do 17

1941.06.23    Dyon 303 Spitfire II  P8385             RF-A        20:30       0-1-0 Me 109


document 1985 with Jozef Szlagowski interview 04:53


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