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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

p.11c Kruk 4
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

PZL P.11c cowódcy III/4 pułku lotniczego, kpt. Floriana Laskowskiego
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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Mystery of the “camouflaged 3”

łaciata "3" pzl p.11c 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.
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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...
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”PZL Elevens” of Cracow. Part II – painting schemes

PZL P.11c nr 8.34, "8"z 122 Eskadry Myśliwskiej, przez pchor. Władysława Chciuka
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.
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”PZL Elevens” of Cracow. Part I – First day of the War

PZL P.11c 8.63, "2" 121 Eskadra Myśliwska, por Waclaw Król
 “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...
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PZL P.7a – “City of Lwów” squadron against Wehrmacht spearhead

P.7a, 162 Eskadra Myśliwska 1939
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!
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Most Famous Polish Fokker – modeller’s view

Fokker E.V Stec
Polish military aviation has been created and started to fight even before official restoration of the Polish State independence. Already in the first days of November 1918 in Cracow, Warsaw, Lwów, Przemyśl and in other places the Poles captured the German and Austrian airplanes, aviation equipment and infrastructure: airfields and workshops. First combat flights have been performed a week before 11th November, during fights against Ukrainians in the City of Lwów. While very effective, these...
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