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Hurricane P3731/J in defence of Malta

Colour Profile Hurricane P3731/J
Air defence of Malta during the Second World War is popularised by a story of the Sea Gladiator biplanes nicknamed Faith, Hope and Charity. Their fight against odds with Italian bombers in June and July 1940 is one of the most famous episodes of the war. Malta a small island named “Unsinkable Aircraft Carrier” by Sir Winston Churchill was a vital strongpoint to break Axis supplies routes to Africa. It was also the place of...
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Hurricane Mk.I Trop V7476 – the Only One on Australian Soil

kolorowy profil Hurricane Nk I trop V7476 w malowaniu RAAF
Although Royal Australian Air Force used Hawker Hurricane fighters during the Second World War only one aircraft of this type was delivered to Australia. It was Hawker Hurricane Mk.I Trop/V7476 and was shipped there in 1941, when this version was found obsolete and Hawker Hurricane Mk.II with Rolls Royce XX engine was replacing its older brother.
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Nine victories of Witold Urbanowicz

General Witold Urbanowicz is the legend of Polish Air Force. He was the second on the list of best Polish fighter pilots with 17 confirmed kills and the sole Polish Air Force fighter pilot who shot down aircraft of the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force. Officially he was credited with two kills (two Nakajima Ki-43) but he claimed that he actually shot five more, but those were not approved as he did not have any...
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„That second” Fokker

Fokker Idzikowskiego "nieskończoność"
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...
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Stefan Bastyr – first pilot of the independent Poland

Fokker Bastyra
5th November should be celebrated as the Day of the Polish Air Forces. While the first liberated occupant’s airbase was in Cracow, the first fight for the Polish independence has been fought by the aviators from the City of Lwów. On that day pilot Lt. Stefan Bastyr and observer Lt. Janusz de Beaurain, after take-off from the Lwów-Lewandówka airfield, bombed and strafed Persenkówka station, where the Ukrainian Sich Riflemen have come by train to capture...
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Sergeant František – the best of the Few

R4175/RF-R z godłem dywizjonu 303
In the history of Polish Air Force one of the most important pilots is Czech pilot – Sergeant Josef František. He shot down more enemy planes than any other pilots who fought in the Battle of Britain. Unfortunately, the fate decided to call this bitter and gifted fighter pilot to the Heavenly Squadron far too soon. The mystery of his death is still unsolved today. There are numerous theories. One says that he flew to...
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A Hurricane for Two

In the history of air warfare during the Second World War several times one pilot helped his companion by landing on the ground and taking a friend to his own cockpit. A good example is the history of S/L Eugeniusz “Dziubek” Horbaczewski during the battle of Normandy in 1944. However, one of the first “evacuations” in a such way had taken place a few years before, hundreds kilometers from Normandy in a place which we...
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Antoni Głowacki – the Ace in a Day

Hurricane Antoni Głowacki
„Never in the field of human conflicts was so much owed by so many to so few”. Among The Few who saved the world, were Polish fighter pilots who, serving both in Nos 302 and 303 Polish fighter squadrons and in British fighter units, played very important role. Only few of pilots who fought during the Battle of Britain, and during the whole conflict, achieved the status of the Ace in a Day as Antoni...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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