Born on 17 November 1916 at Kośmin near Ryki, son of Wiktor and Antonina nee Golch. In 1933 he entered the SPLdM at Bydgoszcz. In 1936 he qualified as an airframe fitter with elementary flying training and was posted to the 2nd Air Regiment in Cracow. After an advanced flying course he was posted to the 122nd Fighter Flight of the regiment. During the 1939 campaign he flew with the 122nd Flight. allocated to the air arm of the ‘Kraków’ Army. After the Soviet invasion he went via Rumania to France. Initially he was assigned to the fighter section of Lt Wacław Łapkowski, but eventually he was posted to the section of Capt. Kosiński, allocated for defence of the Bourges factory that assembled Curtiss Hawk 75A fighters. After the French surrender he flew to Algiers and then travelled to Britain. He arrived in Britain on 27 June 1940 (receiving his NCO service no. 784763). After a period of training at no. 58 OTU, in June 1941 he was posted to No. 92 Squadron RAF (some authors say he was posted to No. 303 Sqn, but this is incorrect). On 23 July 1941 he was transferred to No. 308 Sqn. On 19 August 1941 he was shot down in air combat over France and baled out. With help from local resistance he evaded capture and, after convalescence, managed to return to Britain in January 1942 via Andorra, Spain and Gibraltar. He was rested, flying as a staff pilot with No. 2 AGS. On 24 August 1942 he was posted to No. 317 Sqn. He was commissioned on 1 January 1943 (receiving new service no. P-2093). From 8 March 1943 he was an instructor at No. 58 OTU. On 11/9/1943 he rejoined No. 308 Sqn on his second tour. On 29 November 1943 he flew Spitfire F.IX MA584 ZF-V on a combat sortie over France, but during Channel crossing he left the squadron formation and was never seen again. He was probably lost in sea due to an engine failure. He has a symbolic grave at Ryki.

His decorations included the

Silver Cross of Virtuti Militari (no. 09183), the Cross of Valour

and the Distinguished Flying Medal.



05.06.1940    Klucz  'Kos' H-75A                                            3×1/5-0-2×1/5 He 111

02.07.1941    92 Sqn Spitfire VB      W3245               13:35                 1-0-0 Me 109

04.07.1941    92 Sqn Spitfire VB      W3245               15:00           1 1/2-0-0 Me 109

08.07.1941    92 Sqn Spitfire VB       R7195    QJ-B    14:00                  1-0-0 Me 109

09.07.1941    92 Sqn Spitfire VB      W3245               14:15                  2-0-0 Me 109

11.07.1941    92 Sqn Spitfire VB      W3128               15:00                  1-0-0 Me 109

19.08.1941    Dyon 308 Spitfire IIB   P8318               17:45                  1-0-0 Me 109

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