I had an uncle who was a Polish fighter pilot in the RAF; he liked vodka a lot and died quite a while ago.
Godspeed to one of the few.
Poland is a tremendous ally.
Thank you for posting this. It was a really nice addition to our homeschool history lesson today!
I send my heartfelt condolences to this brave man's family - and our family's thanks to him...
- Michelle Konieczny
Did I get it right...???
And Skalski himself would be "Odwazny Polski"?
After the war, Skalski returned to Poland, where he was jailed and sentenced to death by the communist authorities on allegations he was a Western spy. He spent eight years on death row
Hell of a reward for him and many other Polish soldiers. He earned several Distinguished Flying Crosses for his service with the RAF. Rest In Peace.
At first, the British would not let the experienced Poles, Czecks and others fly. It was only when they were running out of pilots that they let the other nationalities into the air.
God bless our friends, the Poles.
Unlike our other European 'allies', they get It.
I'll take one Pole over ten Frenchmen at my side any day.
One of my most treasured pieces of memorablilia is a Sosabowski Brigade emblem, given to me by a Polish veteran who couldn't believe an American had even heard of his beloved General.
AS a reward for their fighting against the Nazis and flying for the allies the Polish fighters had to witness their country being abandonned to the Ruskies
Ironically WWII started when Britain/France went to war against Germany because she invaded POland ( course the Ruskies invaded from the other side )
Of the Battle of Brittan, Winston Churchill said,
"Never have so few done so much for so many".
Skalski was one of the few.
(Hope I got that quote right)
"jailed and sentenced to death by the communist authorities on allegations he was a Western spy"
Could happen anywhere, si?
Interesting, Paul Tibbets, commander of the ENOLA GAY, the aircraft (and the unit) that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, also was born in 1915 and won his wings in the U.S. Army Air Force in 1938. Tibbets was the squadron commander of the 8th Army Air Force unit, the first U.S. unit, to bomb a target over Nazi occupied Europe in August 1942 ... a bombing raid on Rouen, France. Paul W. Tibbets, went on to become a general in the U.S. Air Force, retired, is still alive and resides in Columbus, OH.
3 cheers for the Greatest Generation!