The American plane is known to have been shot down on October 7th, 1944, whilst on a mission to destroy a synthetic gasoline factory in the town of Police.
The Polish defence minister has said that the arrival of a US B-52 bomber in Poland is proof of this country's closer cooperation with the US and its growing capability to defend Nato's eastern flank.
A 16-strong team uncovered over half a ton of the wreckage buried in specially dug pits. The engine was missing and despite finding an airman’s boot no bodies of the crew were found.
The 19mm-long, nine-carat gold Caterpillar Club Irvin pin, with red amethyst eyes was awarded to Captain Stanisław Król before he was executed by the Gestapo.
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.
Polish F-16 and MiG-29 fighter jets escorted an American B-1B bomber stationed in Europe within the framework of the Bomber Task Force mission, Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak announced on Monday.
Mieczysław Stachiewicz was one of the last surviving Polish airmen who saw action over enemy territory during the war.