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    Born on 1 July 1916 at Golkowice near Rybnik, son of Franciszek and Tekla  Wodecka. He graduated from No. 3 Cadet Corps at Rawicz and in January 1937 he joined the Air Force Cadet Officers’ School at Deblin in the 12th Class. He was commissioned on 1 August 1939, but before that, in June 1939, he received posting to the the 121st Fighter Flight of the 2nd Air Regiment in Cracow. He took part in the 1939 campaign as a pilot of the 121st Fighter Flight of the ‘Cracow’ Army aviation. On 18 September he crossed the Rumanian border. The he was evacuated by sea to France and

arrived at Marseilles on 29 October. He went to Britain in one of the first groups of Polish airmen, in January 1940. He received service no. 76713. During summer 1940 he underwent a brief fighter training at No. 6 Operational Training Unit, and then in August 1940 he was posted to No. 151 Squadron RAF. On 11 September 1940 he was reposted to No. 607 Squadron, and on 20 October 1940 to No. 257 Squadron, where on 29 October he was shot down in air combat in Hurricane I P3893 and had to bail out. On 12 December 1940 he was posted to No. 242 Squadron. On 14 March 1941 he was reposted to No.308 Squadron. On 11 May 1941 he had to bail out of Spitfire I R6644 ZF-H due to engine failure. On 8 November 1941 he was shot down in Supermarine Spitfire VB AB930 ZF-J during Operation Circus 110 in air combat off Dunkirk and crashed in the sea. His body was lost in sea.

 

A school at Golkowice is named after him.




His decorations included

the Silver Cross of Virtuti Militari (no. 09239)  30 November 1941,

the Cross of Valour and two bars,

the Air Medal







1940.08.30    151 Sqn     Hurricane I                                                    0-1-0 He 111

1940.09.26    607 Sqn     Hurricane I                                                    1-0-0 Me 109

1940.10.28    257 Sqn     Hurricane I     P3893                                     0-0-1 He 111

1941.03.26    Dyon 308   Hurricane I     V6999              12:00             0-1/3-0 Ju 88

1941.07.22    Dyon 308   Spitfire IIB      P8317   ZF-C   13:50              1-0-0 Me 109

1941.09.16    Dyon 308   Spitfire VB      AB930    ZF-J    18:30             1-0-0 Me 109

1941.09.20    Dyon 308   Spitfire VB      AB825              15:50-16:15   1-1-0 Me 109

1941.09.27    Dyon 308   Spitfire VB      AB825              14:25              0-1-0 Me 109

1941.10.12    Dyon 308   Spitfire VB      AB825              12:35              1-0-0 Me 109

 




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