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.

Zygmunt Bieńkowski

Zygmunt Bienkowski was born on 2 May 1913 in Warsaw (father Leopold – later member of the Polish parliament, the mother of Sophia nee Braun). To high school in Brest on the Bug River, where in 1933 received a high school diploma. As a student, he flew on gliders and sport aircraft (course took place in the Resettlement of Military Aviation). In 1933 he underwent training at the beginning of unitary and 1934, he joined the Aviation Cadet School in Deblin. He completed it on October 15, 1936 to second lieutenant pilot with specialty hunting. After the promotion went to 112 Squadron 1 Air Regiment in Warsaw, where he served for nearly two years. In September 1938 he was transferred back to Deblin, this time in a platoon role of school cadets.

Was not involved in the fighting in September 1939 together with podchorążymi was evacuated to the east and after September 17 he moved to Romania. Then escaped to France (no data on its allocations there), and 27 June 1940, came to England. In the spring of 1941, passed fighter pilot course in 55 OTU at Aston Down in May 1941 he was assigned to the British 245 squadronu. After more than two months, 8 July 1941, he was transferred to 303 Squadron them. Thaddeus Kosciuszko at Northolt. November 6, 1941, during a flight in the pocket Hurricanes bombing in the region of Nieuport shoulders, certainly shot down one Bf 109 A few months later, 12 April 1942, he was a victim of the enemy: the Fruges hit him Focke-Wulf. With kopcącym engine and dziurawymi flakes, shielded by Lt. Longin Majewski flew to England. He tried to land with the landing gear retracted in a field near the sea shore, but at the last moment he saw hanging across the high voltage cables, and so turned to the other side and placed Spitfire on the edge of an orchard, breaking it hard for one of the trees. To himself, in addition to light potłuczeniami, nothing happened.

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