Józef Piłsudski (1867-1935), Polish statesman—Chief of State (1918–22), 'First Marshal' (from 1920), and authoritarian leader (1926–35) of the Second Polish Republic.

Józef Piłsudski (1867-1935), Polish statesman—Chief of State (1918–22), 'First Marshal' (from 1920), and authoritarian leader (1926–35) of the Second Polish Republic.

1939 Polish-made Bofors 40 mm gun. The Bofors 40 mm AA gun was designed by the Swedish company Bofors. It was one of the most popular medium-weight anti-aircraft systems during World War II, the cannons manufactured in Poland were also used by the British air defense in the Battle of Britain.

1939 Polish-made Bofors 40 mm gun. The Bofors 40 mm AA gun was designed by the Swedish company Bofors. It was one of the most popular medium-weight anti-aircraft systems during World War II, the cannons manufactured in Poland were also used by the British air defense in the Battle of Britain.

Pilots of No 302 Squadron RAF group for the camera at RAF Leconfield in early October 1940. The squadron was formed on 13 July 1940 around a core of 13 Polish airmen who had escaped from Poland in 1939 and then France in 1940. As the combat became more fierce, they were moved south to RAF Northolt on 11 October, arriving on the same day that No 303 Squadron RAF moved to the former airfield.

Pilots of No 302 Squadron RAF group for the camera at RAF Leconfield in early October 1940. The squadron was formed on 13 July 1940 around a core of 13 Polish airmen who had escaped from Poland in 1939 and then France in 1940. As the combat became more fierce, they were moved south to RAF Northolt on 11 October, arriving on the same day that No 303 Squadron RAF moved to the former airfield.

1941- Flying Officer Zdzislaw Radomski of the 306th Polish Fighter Squadron after being decorated by General Sikorski with the highest Polish military honour, the Virtuti Militari, as well as with the Cross of Valour. During Operation 'Circus 85' on 27 August 1941 pilots of the 306th Squadron were attacked by four Bf 109 Messerschmitts over Dunkirk. F/O Radomski was the only Polish pilot wounded; although his arm was shattered he landed his Spitfire safely at his home base, RAF Northolt.

WWII Polish Pilot Hero Zdzislaw Radomski of RAF 306 Squadron Orig Press Photo

1941- Flying Officer Zdzislaw Radomski of the 306th Polish Fighter Squadron after being decorated by General Sikorski with the highest Polish military honour, the Virtuti Militari, as well as with the Cross of Valour. During Operation 'Circus 85' on 27 August 1941 pilots of the 306th Squadron were attacked by four Bf 109 Messerschmitts over Dunkirk. F/O Radomski was the only Polish pilot wounded; although his arm was shattered he landed his Spitfire safely at his home base, RAF Northolt.

Polish RAF Pilots

Polish RAF Pilots

The amazing story of Voytek the soldier bear. He was adopted by soldiers of the 22nd Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corps.

The Amazing Story Of Voytek The Soldier Bear

The amazing story of Voytek the soldier bear. He was adopted by soldiers of the 22nd Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corps.

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Portrait of Sergeant Josef Frantisek, the Czech fighter ace who served with No. 303 Fighter Squadron and was the highest scoring pilot of the Battle of Britain. He is credited with 17 confirmed kills and 1 probable. HU 106456.

Portrait of Sergeant Josef Frantisek, the Czech fighter ace who served with No. 303 Fighter Squadron and was the highest scoring pilot of the Battle of Britain. He is credited with 17 confirmed kills and 1 probable. HU 106456.

General Władysław Sikorski, the C-in-C of the Polish Armed Forces, decorating Pilot Officer Jan Zumbach of the 303 Polish Fighter Squadron with the Cross of Valour (Krzyż Walecznych). Zumbach is being decorated for shooting down his eleventh enemy plane. Pilot Officer Witold Łokuciewski, on Zumbach's left, awaiting his turn to be decorated. Both airmen are holders of the Distinguished Flying Cross, which ribbons are visible on their uniforms. 1941-10-29

General Władysław Sikorski, the C-in-C of the Polish Armed Forces, decorating Pilot Officer Jan Zumbach of the 303 Polish Fighter Squadron with the Cross of Valour (Krzyż Walecznych). Zumbach is being decorated for shooting down his eleventh enemy plane. Pilot Officer Witold Łokuciewski, on Zumbach's left, awaiting his turn to be decorated. Both airmen are holders of the Distinguished Flying Cross, which ribbons are visible on their uniforms. 1941-10-29

Wojtek as a grown up bear in an ammo truck, near Monte Cassino, Italy. Note the unit emblem.

Wojtek as a grown up bear in an ammo truck, near Monte Cassino, Italy. Note the unit emblem.

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