Author: Grzegorz Mazurowski

Autor: Grzegorz Mazurowski, Modelarz, syn i ojciec modelarza. Uwielbia grzebanie się w dokumentacji i analizowanie starych zdjęć. Skleja samoloty i pojazdy, im starsze, tym lepiej. Ma słabość do sprzętu polskiego, ale nie gardzi RAF-em i lotnictwem Wielkiej Wojny. Z wykształcenia dziennikarz, pracuje w Wielkiej Bibliotece.

„That second” Fokker

Although the most famous Polish Fokker E.V is the Stefan Stec’s airplane, marked with number „001” and pilot’s personal marking: white „S” with the compass rose, very popular is also the airplane with number „002”, white „sign of infinity” as a personal marking and non-standard wing checkerboards spreading from the leading to the trailing edges of the wing. The legend attributes this plane to the second of the „Lwów’s Eagles”, Stefan Bastyr (first was Stefan Stec). Bastyr was extraordinary airman, he performed first combat sortie of the Polish Army Air Force on 5th November 1918 in Lwów, and later,...

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The raven – symbol of fighters from Poznań

Few Polish fighter squadrons had as distinguished and long traditions as 131. Eskadra Myśliwska (131. Fighter Squadron) of III/3 Fighter Wing “The Ravens” from Poznań. The squadron was direct successor of the 2. Wielkopolska Eskadra Lotnicza (2nd Aviation Squadron of Wielkopolska Region), created in the former Imperial Prussian Poznań-Ławica airbase 14th February 1919, initially as an “multirole squadron” with Halberstadt Cl.II two-seaters and one Albatros D.III fighter. In 1920 Spring the squadron was re-equipped with factory-fresh Austro-Hungarian Albatros D.III (Oeffag) fighters and was renamed as 13th Fighter Squadron. The unit participated in two most important, victorious battles of the...

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„Ravens” over Bzura river

Great counteroffensive of two Polish armies “Poznań” and “Pomorze”, started on 9th September 1939 with surprising attack against the wing of the German 8th Army advancing from the west towards Warsaw, is called Battle of the Bzura. Untill 1941 it was the biggest allied offensive operation of the war. After initiall success and five days of Polish attacks, Germans have started to regain the initiative. It was caused mainly by the depleting supply of Polish units and heavy attacks of the powerful Luftwaffe units. Polish III/3 “Ravens” Fighter Wing from Poznań, assigned to the “Poznań” Army, was too small...

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Death of Captain Laskowski

Dramatic decision… …it was on 2nd September 1939 early afternoon the III/4 Fighter Wing from Toruń has got surprising order from „Pomorze” Army aviation commander Col. Bolesław Stachoń – to attack German ground forces from „nap-of-the-earth” level flight. It was obvious for the pilots that the low-altitude charge of light fighters against well-defended group of enemy is at least risky if not suicidal business. That was the reason why commander of the Wing, Cpt. Florian Laskowski, during the pre-flight briefing has decided that the task will be fulfilled according to the order by both Wing’s squadrons, but only one...

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Mystery of the “camouflaged 3”

One of the most known “elevens” of the September 1939 is PZL P.11c airplane serialed “8.138” with “white 3” side marking. Its two-tone splinter camouflage is similar with the Luftwaffe schemes. Despite its popularity this extraordinary airplane is quite mysterious and very little is known about its history. Drafted into the Luftwaffe? We know the “camouflaged 3” mostly from quite numerous photos of its wreck, taken by the Germans during the 1939 Autumn. Some of these photos were widely known already many decades ago. Poor quality of the reproductions in the books or magazines allowed to recognize only some...

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Himek from “Eagle Owl” Squadron and his P.11c

– The war started early, about 7 a.m. We have been scrambled, propellers have raised dust from the field, we weren’t able to see anything for a while. We circled in the clouds for a long time, guided by radio orders, so was the beginning… … told 2nd Lt. Hieronim Dudwał in the interview given in Spring 1940 in Paris to famous poet and journalist Kazimierz Wierzyński. Wierzyński was then collecting accounts of September 1939 Polish soldiers for “Wiadomości Polskie” (“Polish News”), weekly magazine published in London by Polish war emigrants. He met Dudwał, called “Himek” by friends, almost...

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”PZL Elevens” of Cracow. Part II – painting schemes

1/72 Arma Hobby PZL P.11c model kit in JUNIOR box version includes decals for the “eleven” in two painting schemes from Cracow III/2 Fighter Wing: “white 2” from the Polish Aviation Museum collection, which was flown in 121. Fighter Squadron by 2nd Lt. Wacław Król, and the „white 8” from 122. Fighter Squadron, used by Cadet Władysław Chciuk. See part one of P.11’s from Cracow Panting scheme anatomy Performed in the ‘80s thorough examination of the Museum example of the PZL P.11c, which preceded the overhaul of its airframe, has been described in the report, available on the Museum...

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”PZL Elevens” of Cracow. Part I – First day of the War

 “White 2” from Cracow’s Museum… World’s only preserved PZL P.11c airplane, in collection of the Cracow Muzeum Lotnictwa Polskiego (Polish Aviation Museum), is a machine from the 121. Eskadra Myśliwska (Fighter Squadron) marked with “white 2” tactical number and 8.63 military serial. During the fights of September 1939 it was flown by, among others, 2nd Lt. Wacław Król, excellent pilot and one of the leading aces of the Polish Aviation. Król was an officer of the Cracow III/2 Fighter Wing. This unit, in September 1939 including two squadrons (121. and 122.), was the first Polish fighter group which clashed...

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PZL P.7a – “City of Lwów” squadron against Wehrmacht spearhead

Third and the last story behind airplanes included in PZL P.7a Expert Set 1939 model kit. History, coulours and markings of the 162 Fighter Squadron from Lwów. Younger of Polish Fighter units, III/6 fighter wing was involved in heavy fights against Wehrmacht spearhead, attacking through city of Łódź to Warsaw. Read story of the most successful unit of the P.7a in 1939! PZL P.7a, 162. Fighter Squadron from Lwów, in September 1939  attached to the “Łódź” Army. New squadrons of the East In 1937 the High Command ordered improvement of the eastern border defence, which resulted in relocating some...

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