Born on 22 September 1914 in Werne Land, Westphalen (Germany) to a Polish family, who moved to Poland in 1918. In 1932 joined Polish Air Force NCO School for Minors in Bydgoszcz, and qualified in 1935 as an airframe fitter. He then underwent flying training at the Air Force Officers’ Training Centre at Radom-Sadkow, and an advanced flying course at Grudziadz. He was posted to the 121st Fighter Flight of the 2nd Air Regiment in Cracow. In September 1937 he was a member of the team from that regiment that won the PAF fighter competition (the other pilots of the team were Lt Władysław Nowak and Sub-Lt Antoni Ostowicz). He took part in the Polish campaign of 1939 as a pilot of the 121st Flight attached to the ‘Kraków’ Army air arm. After the Soviet invasion on 17 September he left Poland and went to France. Initially he was assigned to the so-called ‘Montpellier Group’, but was then replaced in it by Antoni Beda. In March 1940 he was posted to the fighter pilot’s school at Avord in the group led by Lt Kosiński. Upon completion of training in May 1940 the group was reformed into a fighter section (‘chimney flight’) at Bourges. Upon collapse of France he travelled, together with his section, via North Africa to Britain, arriving there in July 1940. Upon arrival in Britain he received his NCO service no. 783270. He was posted to the forming No. 308 Sqn in September 1940. On 16 July 1941 he was commissioned (receiving new service no. P-1531). He was shot down and killed on 14 August 1941 in air combat over Gravelines in Spitfire II P8310 ZF-E during Circus 73. He was buried at Dunkirk (France), grave no. 12, row 2, plot II.

His decorations included the Silver Cross of Virtuti Militari (no. 08998),

the Cross of Valour & two Bars,

and the Bronze Cross of Merit.



01.09.1939     121 Esk.        P.11c                                                                   1-0-0 He 111

01.09.1939     121 Esk.        P.11c                                                                1/2-0-0 Hs 126 03.09.1939     121 Esk.        P.11c                                                                1/2-0-0 Do 17

24.05.1940      Klucz 'Kos'    H-75A                                                       1/3-0-2×1/3 He 111

05.06.1940      Klucz 'Kos'    H-75A                                                   3×1/5-0-2×1/5 He 111

26.03.1941      Dyon 308     Hurricane I P2855                 12:00                  0-1/3-0 Ju 88

07.07.1941      Dyon 308     Spitfire IIB P7886     ZF-B      15:25                     1-0-0 Me 109

22.07.1941      Dyon 308     Spitfire IIB P8310     ZF-E      13:50                     1-0-0 Me 109

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