Air Force

Polish operation in 1939-1945: the campaign in September, the war in France in 1940, the Battle of Britain, the Polish Air Force in the USSR; list airmen, kills and losses, accurate biographies of Polish fighter and bomber pilots.

Elgin Scott

Elgin G. Scott was born November 22, 1922 in Lviv. His paternal ancestors came to Galicia in 1883 and began to exploit oil fields in Ropienki region. Scott’s father, George, was the British consul in Lviv, mother Jadwiga Pawlowska came home from an old, noble family. I have never had Polish citizenship, but – since birth – the UK, and once to establish it in 1947 – Canadian citizenship.

He studied and grew up in Lvov, he attended the elementary school run by oo. Jesuits, and then to the Private Gymnasium of Humanities them. Henry Jordan. September 1, 1939, at the outbreak of war was not yet completed 17 years. When the situation at the front was becoming worse, he went to Lviv with his mother and his brother Ralph and 11 September crossed the Romanian border in Sniatyn. Soon, the family joined his father, was evacuated along with the entire British military mission after the entry of the Polish Red Army. Scottowie przemierzywszy Romania reached the port of Constanta, where he boarded the ship „Transilvania”, where the Bosphorus and Athens can reach 24th September to Alexandria. After a few weeks stay in Egypt (Cairo) Scott and his family boarded the ship at Port Said „Dunér”, which on November 1, 1939 he sailed to Gibraltar and thence to Marseilles. Then, driving through the whole of France arrived by train to Cherbourg, where soon sailed to Plymouth. Landed on British soil on November 8, 1939

The mother lived in London. Two weeks after arriving exactly on his 17th birthday, he decided to take it to the Royal Air Force, but at the point of recruitment he was told that „The United Kingdom has enough pilots,” and proposed that he went to the floor below, to the Royal Navy. The boy then returned home. A year later he tried again, this time successfully, and in November 1940, he was a soldier of the Royal Air Force station at Morpeth in Scotland (he joined the volunteer reserve – Volunteer Reserve). Soon he was sent to Blackpool, Squires Gate to the airport, where he underwent 3-month period rekrucki, which consisted mainly of weapons drills and marches on the famous beach blackpoolskiej. After this period, his group joined the military profession and the proper air several months later, Scott had already qualified motor mechanic.

While serving in Blackpool before the war he met many friends airmen, who persuaded him that he decided to serve together with the Poles. Has suggestions, and after finishing high school to have his mechanic assigned to the Polish unit. In the spring of 1942, was taken to RAF Northolt, to 317 Fighter Squadron „Vilnius”, then commanded by Cpt. Stanislaw Skalski. The squadron was equipped with a V Spitfire’y reliable engines Rolls-Royce Merlin, which Scott worked until the end of their service in „Wilniaków. Decided to take it to the crew, however, wanted him to be trained only in Polish schools. He shared his plans with the Captain. Skalskim, who advised him to speak to the station commander of RAF Northolt, G / Cpt Adnams. Adnams said that in order to be able to train Royal Air Force non-commissioned officer at the Poles, Polish consent is required for in-Chief. Colonel Scott with relative in the military judiciary has submitted his request Gen. Marian Kukielowi, defense minister, who took up the formalities and obtained the necessary approval of General Sikorski. Thanks in March 1943 could start the first step toward a pilot’s career – theoretical training in ACTC in Hucknall. On completion of this course in mid-April was taken to the wing 12 ITW initial training in Brighton at the theoretical rate of pilotage. Has qualified for the further training of pilots, to which 28 August 1943 appeared in Polish schools piloting the initial 25 EFTS in Hucknall, where he flew a Tiger Moth aircraft helm. November 11, 1943, he was transferred to the basic flight school 16 SFTS in Newton, where Masterach to rise their skills, finishing the course and winning the stowaways in the middle of May 1944 Despite the graduation consecutive months was in Newton. August 2, 1944 was promoted to Pilot Officer grade, the equivalent of lieutenant. September 26, 1944, he was sent to 61 OTU at Rednal on combat training, combat aircraft, including science, shooting, bombing, etc.. And carried out Spitfire’ach. After its completion, 16 December 1944 was assigned to the unit 3 TEUs at RAF Chedworth station, where he held a series of familiarization flights on Mustangach.

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