- Last Pole to fight in Battle of Britain dies PR dla Zagranicy Peter Gentle 26.10.2011 11:09 Tomasz Sawicz, the last surviving Polish pilot who took part in theMessage 1 of 1 , Oct 28, 2011View Source
Last Pole to fight in Battle of Britain diesPR dla ZagranicyPeter Gentle 26.10.2011 11:09Tomasz Sawicz, the last surviving Polish pilot who took part in the WW II Battle of Britain has died at the age of 97.
Sawicz died in a Canadian nursing home on Wednesday.
Sawicz, who was awarded honorary promotion to the rank of Brigadier General by the late President Lech Kaczynski in 2006, had lived in Canada since 1955.
He was one of 81 pilots to take part in the decisive Battle of Britain, which lasted from 10 July 1940 to 30 October of the same year.
One hundred and forty four Polish personnel took part in the clash, 29 of whom perished in action.
The Nazi air attack on the British Isles was eventually repelled by Allied pilots, with Polish participants playing a key role.
Poles shot down 170 Luftwaffe aircraft, damaging another 36. This accounted for about 12 percent of German losses.
Sawicz himself had also defended Poland during the Nazi invasion of September 1939. He then escaped to Romania, and then on to France. With the fall of France, he managed to fly to Algiers, from where he boarded a ship to England.
After the war, Sawicz chose not to return to Poland, where a communist government had been installed. He stayed in England for nine years, before settling in Canada.
His widow, Jadwiga, has indicated that the pilot's ashes will be brought back to Poland, where they will be interred at the Sawicz family tomb at Warsaw's Powazki Cemetery. (nh/pg----- Original Message -----From: stefan.wisniowski@...Sent: Friday, October 28, 2011 6:27 AMSubject: RE: [Kresy-Siberia] Polish Battle of Britain DVD availableThanks Lenarda!I have just ordered one, and here are the online details for anyone who wants one of these for $24, with free delivery in Australia and $8 delivery anywhere else:http://www.jbhifionline.com.au/dvd/dvd-genres/special-interest-documentary/polish-battle-of-britain-the/627947OverviewThis dramatised documentary recounts how, during the most decisive phase of the Battle of Britain, a single squadron of 34 Polish fighter pilots wreaked havoc on the Luftwaffe, in the process helping to change the course of history and overturning RAF prejudices.
Based on a diary kept by the pilots of the squadron, it is a story of increasing frustration on the part of the Poles who had already fought the Luftwaffe and now found themselves having to learn English and the RAF way of doing things. Meanwhile, as the Battle of Britain got underway, inexperienced British pilots were paying a heavy cost.
Belatedly, the Poles were cleared for active service and had an immediate impact. By the time the Battle of Britain was won, they had claimed 126 enemy planes, but as the war ended, their joy turned to despair as they saw their own country handed to Stalin.Language: EnglishISBN: 9322225087606
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Subject: [Kresy-Siberia] Polish Battle of Britain DVD available
From: "Lenarda Szymczak" <szymczak01@...>
Date: Fri, October 28, 2011 8:36 pm
Hi groupOur SBS television station, ethnic station, on Friday 28.10.11, advertised the sale of POLISH BATTLE OF BRITAIN, THE LAST OF 316 SQUADRON FIGHTER PILOTS. On DVD at our Australian Dymocks Book Store in Sydney. Saw some clips and they have persons speaking in the Polish language. Just letting you know it’s out there if you want to purchase it.LenardaSydney Australia