Born on 2 June 1914 at Zawiercie, son of Aleksander and Stefania. In January 1936 he joined the Polish Air Force College at Dêblin. On 15 October 1938 he was commissioned in the 11th class as 12th best and was posted to the 121st Fighter Flight of the 2nd Air Regiment. At the outbreak of the war he was a pilot of the forward fighter patrol based at Bielsko-Aleksandrowice. He took part in the 1939 campaign as a pilot the 121st Fighter Flight of the ‘Cracow’ Army aviation. On 17 September 1939 he flew across the Rumanian border. Subsequently he went to France by sea, arriving at Marseilles on 29 October 1939. He volunteered to go to Britain, receiving service no. 76704 there. After training at No. 6 OTU, in July 1940 he was posted to No. 253 Squadron RAF. On 17 October he was shot down (in Hurricane I P3537) and had to bail out. In November 1940 he transferred to No.303 Squadron, a in January 1941 to the newly formed No. 315 Squadron. On 21 September 1941 he was shot down into the sea in Supermarine Spitfire VB AB927 PK-S during Circus 101, and was not rescued. He was buried at the town cemetery at Quiberville (France), grave no. 11, military plot.




His decorations included

the Silver Cross of Virtuti Militari (no. 08994)

and the Cross of Valour and two Bars.



03.09.1939    121 Esk. P.11c                                                            1/2-0-0 He 111

30.08.1940    253 Sqn Hurricane I   P2883              11:10                   0-1-0 Do 215

31.08.1940    253 Sqn Hurricane I   P2883              13:00                   1-0-0 He 111

04.09.1940    253 Sqn Hurricane I   P2883              13:30                   1-0-0 Me 110

13.09.1940    253 Sqn Hurricane I   N2455             15:40-16:00         0-0-1 He 111

29.10.1940    253 Sqn Hurricane I   V6637             17:15-17:25         1-0-0 Do 17

19.08.1941    Dyon 315 Spitfire II    P7839   PK-T   18:30                   1-0-0 Me 109


Supermarine Spitfire IIA P7919 ZF-Y of No. 308 Squadron in which F/O Nowak had an accident

on 16 July 1941 during conversion training on the type.

Piotr Górka © 2007