Born on 21 April 1918 at Lipniki mear Baranów Sandomierski. In 1932 he joined the Infantry NCO School for Minors at Nisko-on-San. Upon graduation he was posted to the 77th Infantry Regiment at Lida. He volunteered for air force service. He completed a flying course at the 5th Air Regiment in Lida and subsequently the advanced flying training. From 23 November 1937 he served with the 5th Air Regiment. In 1938 he was a member of the team (with Sub-Lts Anatol Piotrowski and Zygmunt Kinel) that represented the 5th Rgt at the Fighter Aviation Contest of the Polish AF, where they won the first place. During September 1939 he flew with 152nd Fighter Eskadra that supported the ‘Modlin’ Army. On 1 September he shot down a German observation balloon. On 18 September he went to neutral Rumania. Via Yugoslavia he went to France. He fought in the battle of France in the Polish section of Cpat. Franciszek Jastrzębski attached to GC II/1. After the fall of France he went to North Africa, and from there went via Casablanca to Britain, arriving there on 7 July (he received service no. 782107). On 10 September 1940 he was posted to the forming No. 307 Squadron, but then applied for reposting during the ‘mutiny’ of fighter pilots in that squadron (who were not willing to play ‘drivers’ for the gunners in Bolton Paul Defiant aircraft). In early October 1940 they were posted very briefly for training to No. 1 SAC at Old Sarum, then to No. 5 OTU, and on 12 October to No. 303 Squadron, from where they were reposted to RAF units on 8 November. Stanisław Brzeski was posted to No. 245 Sqn RAF and on 9 December to No. 249 Sqn RAF. On 25 February 1941 he joined the newly formed No. 317 Squadron. On 15 February 1942 he was involved in a tragic error, when he and F/Sgt Jan Malinowski mistakenly shot down Liberator I AM918 operated by BOAC (as G AGDR). Brzeski was commissioned on 1 June 1942 (receiving new service no. P-1902). From 7 September 1942 he was an instructor at No. 58 OTU, and was then posted to No. 302 Sqn on 23 April 1943. On 28 December 1943 he joined No. 303 Sqn as ‘A’ Flight commander, and from 30 January he commanded ‘B’ Flight. On 21 May 1944 he was shot down by ground fire, to become a PoW. He was subsequently imprisoned in a number of camps until liberated by the Soviets from Stalag IIIA at Luckenwalde on 22 April 1945. He returned to Britain, and was a flying instructor with No. 16 (Polish) SFTS from August 1945. After disbandment of Polish units he joined the RAF (service no. 500727). He continued to serve as an air traffic controller until his retirement in 1960s.

He died on 3 December 1972 at North Elmham.

His decorations included

the Silver Cross of Virtuti Militari, No 09344

the Cross of Valour and three bars

the Distinguished Flying Cross

the Air Medal

                        10.02.1941      Hurricane I      GN-? (R417)              249 sqn                    1-0-0 Me 109

                        10.07.1941      Hurricane I      JH-X  (V3339)            317 dyon                1/2-0-0 Me 109

                        14.07.1941     Hurricane I      JH-U  (V6565)            317 dyon                 1/2-0-0 Ju 88

                        08.11.1941     Spitfire VB       JH-?   (AA756)            317 dyon                  1-0-0 Me 109

                        08.11.1941     Spitfire VB       JH-Z   (AA756)            317 dyon                  0-0-1 Fw 190

                        06.12.1941     Spitfire VB       JH-Q (W3424)            317 dyon                  1-0-0 Ju 88

                        25.04.1942     Spitfire VB       JH-V  (AA758)             317 dyon                  1-0-0 Fw 190

                        26.07.1942     Spitfire VB       JH-P  (AR340)             317 dyon                  0-1-0 Fw 190

                        19.08.1942     Spitfire VB       JH-S  (BM566)            317 dyon                  1-0-0 He 111

                        02.05.1943     Spitfire VB       WX-B (AR432)            302 dyon                  1-0-0 Fw 190

                        24.06.1943     Spitfire VC       WX-T (EE662)            302 dyon                0-1/2-0 Fw 190

                        04.09.1943     Spitfire VB       WX-Q (EP130)            302 dyon               1/2-0-0 Fw 190

                        23.09.1943     Spitfire F.IX     WX-K (MH353)           302 dyon                   0-1-0 Fw 190

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