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.

Mieczysław Adamek

Mieczyslaw Adamek born September 18, 1918 in Tashkent in Russia as the son of Polish exiles. But he grew up in Poland – the country has completed primary school, then attended the School of Industrial Rzemieślniczo-in Przemysl. In 1936, he broke school and joined the NCO School of Aviation for the Young Persons in Bydgoszcz.

In 1939, he completed it in Krosno (in the meantime been transferred SPLdM) with specialty fighter pilot. The extent of a private senior was assigned to 1 aviation regiment in Warsaw, to 113 Squadron, commanded by Lt. Wieńczysław Baranski. At the outbreak of war, he stayed at the airport in Poniatow and flew from the first hours of P.11 against German nalotom – September 1, reported damage to the He 111 and the killing of his rifle (probably „Bajan commission” improperly enrolled Adamkowi this plane shot down as a joint – 1 / 4 ).

September 6 took part in the interception of German bombers and shot down near Lowicz together with other pilots Ju 87 (included him 1 / 5 wins). At the same flight with the lack of fuel (tank streaked) forced landed near his victim, and together with the peasants he encountered by chance the Germans prisoner. To 113 Squadron joined two days later, bringing lessons from the enemy „trophies” (including two pistols pistol, one of which gave the captain. Adam Kowalczyk). 18th September in the circular wave IV / 1 Fighter Dyonu crossed the border with Romania Sniatyn.

In the spring of 1942, Adamek went for rest to 58 OTU at Grangemouth, where he served as an instructor. He remained there until November 1943, in the meantime, ending the course officer.

On November 2, 1943 was sent back to the service battle in 317 Fighter Squadron, „Vilnius”, which is equipped with Spitfire’y Sep flew primarily over France with the task of destroying ground targets. 18 May 1944 in-flight re-operations over France, a few miles from the English coast, Adamek plane was hit by the British air defense and fell. Pilot found dead later in the sea. The body fished out and laid in a cemetery in Northwood. Flying Officer (Flight Lieutenant) Mieczyslaw Adamek was awarded the Silver Cross of the Order of Military Virtuti Military (No. 9343), four times the Cross of Valor and the Distinguished Flying Medal twice.

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