For the second time this month, Polish F-16 pilots have escorted the flight of a US B-1B bomber over Poland, Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak has written on Twitter.
Born in Warsaw in 1912, the life of Kazimierz Leski who went on to head up the counter-espionage activities of the ultra secretive Musketeers resistance group, is still relatively unknown.
Mieczysław Stachiewicz was one of the last surviving Polish airmen who saw action over enemy territory during the war.
Dubbed ‘Flying Death’ by the Germans, Stanisław Skalski saw action in Poland following the outbreak of war, later becoming the first Pole to command an RAF squadron. Miraculously avoiding death twice, after the war it seemed his luck had run out when he was arrested by the secret police on trumped up charges of espionage, tortured for over a year and then sentenced to be executed. But again, he survived.
Dubbed “a true friend of Poland” by the Polish ambassador in London, Jim Auton, a bomb aimer serving in 178 Squadron, took part in perilous missions to keep Polish combatants equipped during the ’44 Uprising.
The rare photos provide fascinating snapshots on the life of a front-line pilot who took the fight to the Nazis.
Record falls despite equipment freezing up, fuel running out and atmospheric conditions that forced the fragile aircraft down.
With warm weather finally settling in Poland, pilot Łukasz Czepiela decided to start off the season by the sea in style – by landing a plane on Sopot pier.
Izabela Lechowicz was co-pilot on the helicopter that crashed just minutes after taking off from Leicester’s football ground. The pilot, Eric Swaffer who was also Lechowicz’s romantic partner, has been hailed as a hero for managing to guide the stricken helicopter away from houses and a carpark still packed with fans heading off after a match.
Polish pilot Łukasz (Luke) Czepiela triumphs in the Red Bull Air Race Challenger Cup race in Budapest.