No 301 Polish Squadron Photo Gallery


Roman Rudkowski

Witold J. Piotrowski

Stanislaw Krzystyniak

Maksymilian Brzozowski

Henryk Kolodziejek

Adam Dabrowa

Stanislaw Krol

Eugeniusz Arciuszkiewicz


RAF Swinderby, May 1941.
The crew of GR-O: S/Ldr Brejnak (left), F/O Lapa, Sgt Hasinski, Sgt Zaremba, P/O Bylenski and P/O J. Wojcik.

RAF Swinderby, June 1941. Wellington Mk I GR-W, W5690. Notice the unit's logo painted on the fuselage at the picture with bowser.

The same time and place. GR-H, R1006 being loaded before mission. Wellington could carry 18 of such 250 lbs bombs.
(photo courtesy of Ann Sinclar)

The above five photographs show the Wellington Mk II, GR-K, being readied for the mission at RAF Hamswell in Fall 1942. Top/left clockwise: some ordnance ready to be loaded; the crew with Mae West - in a middle, pilot F/O Wlosinski; the a/c ground crew with its chief (left); with engines running the crew boards the aircraft; the close-up of the a/c nose with written "POLSKA" (Poland) sign.

Left: An impressive tally of 66 bomb missions on GR-P like Peter. This was the record of the aircraft longevity in whole RAF. Right: the unit's technical officer, F/O Leszek Chelminski, responsible for the serviceability of the aircrafts.

 Hamswell, June 1942. The crew of F/O Bernasinski: Jan Nowak front gunner (left), second pilot Zdzislaw Czapski , wireless op Czlapka , pilot Karol Bernasinski and rear gunner Eryk Newman. Missing is the navigator Marian Kostuch who took the picture. Except occassionally rotated 2nd pilot post, this crew flew together 16 missions between April and June 1942, six on Wellington MkIV no. 1329. (W. Bernasinski)
See F/O Bernasinski's missions log.

Left: The number of 40 for this GR-C like "Czarownica" (witch) was a remarkable record as well. Right: the GR-C, Z1415, was later flown by the 305 sqdn (SM-N), and was lost on January 9, 1943.

RAF Hamswell. 10 April 1943.  Above: General Sosnkowski visiting newly reorganized unit. Below: the units inspection and parade was nearly always a part of the visit. Notice the cubelike buildings of the base.

Polish crews of the Flight C (Polish), No. 138 (Special Duties) Squadron at RAF Tempsford during the visit of the Secretary of State for Air, Sir Archibald Sinclair, August 1943.

Polish airmen of the Flight C at Tempsford, August 1943: Jan Dziedzic (left), Witold Bohuszewicz, Michal Goszczynski and A. Blazewski.

ALthough intensity of operations was not high, over the span of five months the Polish Flight "C" lost 8 Halifaxes in missions. Many of those that returned safely were damaged. Above, one of the Halifaxes (NF-J) after its missions. Hole in the fuselage made by a shrapnel, damaged port wing and starboard wing flap.

RAF Tempsford, Fall 1943.
General Sosnkowski, Polish C-in-C, visited the unit soon before its departure to Mediterranean. Above left: the General being welcomed durig flagh ceremony. On tight G/Cpt Edward H. Fieldena (the base CO), next to him stands General Izycki and A/Cdr Henry Thornton. Above right: in conversation with the unit's technical staff (partially hidden by the General is F/Lt Chelminski). Below left: talking to the CO, S/Ldr Krol (on left is F/Lt Glowczynski, General's adjutant and distinguished fighter pilot). Below, right, S/Ldr Krol (on right) facing a camera.

This Halifax W7773 (NF-S), photographed in engines check flight, was flown by the Polish crews over Europe, later lost over Norway. 

Halifax JP201, GR-L, of the Polish 1586 Flight at Brindisi in 1944.

Left: At the age of 52, General Rayski became Chief of PAF at Mediterranean, and flew operationally with 318 Squadron on Spitfires and insisted on flying a Liberator during the Warsaw Uprising bringing supplies to the fighting city. Center: F/Lt Szostak
 (left), Gen. Rayski and unknown. 
Right: Here he inspects a wreck of the unit's Liberator BZ589, GR-J salvaged from the Brindisi's port basin, in which the whole F/Lt Bohuszewicz crew was killed on January 6, 1944.

Left: Port of Brindisi seen from the unit's Liberator. Next to it the 1586 had its base. Because of the location, at least three
 heavies ended up in its waters. Right: Polish ground crew permofroming Liberator's engine check.

Consolidated B-24 Liberator BZ965 GR-S flown by F/Lt Szostak VM (left) and unknown. Notice the Marsden Matting, a portable runway material made of steel plates. Below, beautifully done replica of this aircraft (unknown credit).

Left: F/O Henryk Kwiatkowski in Brindisi 1944. He completed two tours as a pilot of No. 305 and 301 Squadrons ( Right: Posing at the side gunner openning of the GR-U (BZ860) are W/Cdr Krol and W/O Klosowski.

Some of the unit's ground personnel. During the dramatic events in Warsaw in 1944, their efforts were nothing short of
 heroics. Many worked for 20 hours a day struggling to keep as many a/c operational as possible.

Left: F/Lt Helwig's DFC (second from left) crew. Needs info. Right: F/Lt Mioduchowski DFC and F/Lt Korpowski DFC.

Left: Sgt Bonifacy Banasik - bombardier. Right: Sgt Jozef Dunin-Borkowski - gunner. (both courtesy of Carole Banasik)

The unit's Mk VIII Halifax C unarmed transport version photographed after the war.

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