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 Stachiewicz

Mieczyslaw Stachiewicz was born on 21 May 1917 in Warsaw (Julian’s father – General of the Polish Army, his mother Maria Jadwiga nee Sawicka). After finishing school, in the years 1927-1931 he attended the Gymnasium. Stefan Batory Foundation in Warsaw. In 1931 he joined the Cadet Corps No. 1 in Lviv. In 1937, there has been graduated, and then was drafted into the army. From 21 September 1937, underwent training for cadets in the unitary 4 Podhale Rifles Regiment of Teschen, 3 January 1938, was adopted for the Air Reserve Officers School in Deblin. He was trained in the pilot primary (eg. The PWS-26 and RWD-8) and SPRL under 15 in October 1938 as a cadet platoon in reserve. Even in 1938, he enrolled at the Faculty of Architecture of Warsaw Polytechnic and the summer of 1939, scored its first year.

August 22, 1939 Stachiewicz was mobilized and assigned to 4 air regiment in Torun. August 27 was ordered to carry out the RWD-8 east to Slonim. Before 1 September, she returned to Thorn, and was incorporated into the newly formed squadron up. September 2 evacuated eastward combined rail and road and 10 September arrived in Warsaw. Upon receipt of new orders escaped by tightening the ring around the capital of the German troops. 13 September, south of Brześnia staff encountered 4 airbase, which is held up to cross the border with Romania on September 17, after the Soviets invaded.

In Romania, during the period from October to December 1939 he was interned by the above camp Calafat. He fled with him in February 1940, was already in France. Initially he stayed in Septfonds, then in the Aviation Training Center at Lyon-Bron. After the capitulation of France evacuated by ship to the UK – arrived on June 28, 1940 At first, he stayed in Blackpool, only on June 7, 1941 was seconded to 25 EFTS on the pilot’s course. From 22 July 1941, the training continued at 16 SFTS in Newton, 1 November 1941, began flights in the 18 OTU in Bramcote. The unit that trained at Welligntonach and drew a crew – comprised see aisles. Roman Chmiel, Sgt. rtg. Peter Kosin and shooters see Roman Lipczyński and Sgt. Peter Straub. In April 1942, the crew was assigned to the 301 Bomber Squadron „Land of the Pomeranian.

The first flight took place at night fighting Stachiewicz from 5 to 6 May 1942, the Stuttgart, as a co-pilot. Due to bad weather prevailing over England once again flew only at night with 30 on 31 May of Cologne, as a co-pilot. For the first time he led his crew on the night of 3 to June 4 on Dieppe, and then flew several times over Essen and Emden. At dawn on June 23, 1942 started to search for the missing crew from 301 Squadron, but instead found the dinghy squadronu another bomber from the RAF. The next targets were the Bremen St. Nazaire, and the Frisian Islands. Night from 8 to July 9 competed in the bombing of Wilhelmshaven, but in its failure Wellington has one of the engines, so he turned and tried to land on nieoświetlonym, simulated airport. Crashed aircraft, but none of the crew suffered serious injuries. Until the end of the first round of flights bombarded or even minował Duisburg, Hamburg, Saarbrücken, Frisian Islands, Osnabrück, Frankfurt, Kiel, St.. Nazaire and Turin. In the meantime, in early August 1942, BAT held ( „blind” approach to landing), and at night from 27 to 28 August 1942, a second plane has crashed at the airport during a forced landing. He had that much luck, because the plane was full of bombs, and the landing gear and landing broke the machinery szurnęła of dozen meters stomach.

November 20, 1942, the round ended Stachiewicz sorties. Two days later he was transferred to Blackpool, and received the November 23 annual leave, together with permission to study at the Polish School of Architecture at Liverpool University. April 27, 1945 he was granted a permanent exemption from the Polish Air Force (in the rank of lieutenant and English Flying Officer), and in 1946 obtained a degree in engineering architect. He began work as an architect, led the practice until his retirement in 1982

In the postwar period Stachiewicz work socially – belonged to the Cadets’ Association Lviv Piłsudski (in 1983 as a board member, 1983-1984 as vice-president) in 1984 prezesował Instytututowi Jozef Pilsudski in London. He was also a member of the National Treasury and the Board of trustees of the Polish Cultural Foundation (in the years 1988-1998 the Honorary Secretary). Many years after the war and wrote down his memories, which in 2003 appeared in Poland in a book.

For acts of war Mieczyslaw Stachiewicz he was awarded the Silver Cross of the Order of Military Virtuti Military (No. 8212) and three times the Cross of Valor, and the post-war work and received the Officer’s Cross of the Knight’s Cross of the Order of the Rebirth of Polish. Now permanently lives in London.

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