THE SQUADRON'S FACES

The commanders


Stanislaw Pietraszkiewicz

Kazimierz Benz

Stanislaw Grodzicki

Jerzy Antonowicz

Maksymilian Lewandowski

Stanislaw Brejnak


Jan Michalowski

Gerard Ranoszek

Jerzy Orzechowski

Stanislaw Andrzejewski

Jerzy Damsz


Squadron's flying personnel in 1941.  
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RAF Exeter 1941. Group of the 307 airmen in front of the unit's dispersal. Second from the left is F/O Mieczyslaw Kaluza.


Left: President of Poland, Wladyslaw Raczkiewicz visiting the unit on 11 November 1941.


15 Nov 1942, Exeter.
Left
:  No 307 Squadron receives Polish Air Force standard during the ceremony at the city square. It stayed with the unit for three month. Right:
The moment when S/Ldr Michalowski presented Polish national flag to the city officials.


RAF Exeter, September 9th, 1942.
Left: Gen. Sikorski, C-in-C Polish Armed Forces visiting the unit. He flew in on board of one of the squadron's Beaufighters. Right: Getting back to his transport EW-V. Gen. Sikorski conversing with F/Lt Lewandowski. With his back to the camera standing is the General's adjutant F/Lt Glowczynski.


Left: After receiving Polish Cross of Valour. S/Ldr Lewandowski (left) and S/Ldr Sawczynski. Right: F/O M. Kaluza, VM, DFC, one of the pilots.


Left: F/O Malinski (left) and F/O Neyder. Right: Pilot F/Lt Grzegorz Bukowiecki killed in flying accident in 1942.


Left: F/O Lazarowicz (left); P/O W. Rozycki, P/O Ranoszek and F/O Szablowski. P/O Lazarowicz survived a crash of the Beaufighter R2445 (pilot P/O Maxymowicz-Raczynski killed) but had his leg amputated. His lack continued when two weeks later the hospital he was in was bombed and many patients were killed. Right: Unidentified the 307 armourers.


Left: Zdzislaw Buchowiecki, Stanislaw Andrzejewski (piltos), Jan Mika and Mieczyslaw Zielinski (navigators). Right: Alfred Suskiewicz. Together with another 307 pilot Maksymilian Smogor, gained big popularity among his colleagues, when flying a Mosquito from England to Karachi in 1946, they had to force-land in a desert in Saudi Arabia. Before landing they radio S.O.S. signal but soon after were found by... two Arab women in a Jeep. These women were two of fourteen-wives Harem, which belonged to a local Sheik. They found the Sheik imprisoned in a little compound and his fourteen wives ruling. Poles were “sentenced” to perform certain male duties and were rescued by an American patrol nearly two weeks later.


Probably October 1943 at RAF Predannack (from left): ?; T. Buckiewicz; Buchowiecki, L. Michalski (probably); ?; Aleksandrowicz;?; ?; ?.

 
Left: F/O A. Dziegielewski (left), F/Lt A. Alexandrowicz, F/O S. Andrzejewski and F/O J. Malinski. Dziegielewski (later KIA) received a half-crown for a drink and... condoms, after he shot down a Ju88 over Plymouth in November 1941. Alexandrowicz (later KAS) as a controversial Flight "A" commander had to leave the 307. He joined No 219 night fighter squadron a was credited with three German bombers destroyed. Right: Sgt Illaszewicz (pilot) and F/O Lissowski (navigator).

 
Left (from left): S/Ldr Damsz, F/Lt Sylwestrowicz, W/Cdr Orzechowski, P/O T. Buckiewicz and F/Sgt Dunin-Rzuchowski. The last formed a crew for many sorties. Notice that both men are tall and it must had been difficult for them to get in and out of a Mosquito. Right: Starting from September 1943, British airmen were joining the Squadron: F/Lt W.J. Griffiths (left); F/O Thomason; F/O T.A. Heatley and F/O D.F. Miller.


The 307 ground crew. On the right, first on left standing is Franciszek Pawlak and ? Gontowski next to him. The rest of the men are unidentified.


Left: Sgt Stanislaw Jarzembowski. He took part in the Polish campaign flying as a gunner with Army co. unit. He was killed during a training flight (Beaufighter X7935) on 1 Aug 1942. During a short period of time both engines failed and pilot (F/Sgt Malinowski) force-landed crippled a/c. Center: Pilot W/O S. Rochminski and radar operator F/Sgt Jerzy Trzaskowski, who flying with different pilots was credited with three enemy a/c shot down. Right: F/Lt Rafal Dabrowski, the unit's technical officer.


Left: W/O Boleslaw Turzanski posing for a photograph soon after he destroyed two Do215 in one sortie. Center:
Pilot F/O Jerzy Brochocki and navigator P/O T. Wieckowski. Right: F/Lt Tadeusz Buckiewicz. He flew 71 operational sorties with the squadron. After the war settled in Canada. His two brothers flew with 300 and 318 squadrons.

  
F/Lt Jan Malinski: sporting an ever so popular pipe and his close-up in a Mosquito cockpit.


Left: Fitter Stanislaw Wojciechowski (left) and pilot F/O Jellinek. Right: The unit's adjutant Antoni Mackowiak (left) and navigator Henryk Ziolkowski.


Left: Enjoying a companionship of an beautiful woman in Exeter are two of the unit's older pilots: Jan Buczynski and Jan Michalowski. Right: Pilot F/Lt Marian Koterla. Notice a clearly visible unit's badge oh his left breats pocket.

 
Left: W/O Ryszrad Lewczynski. Took part in the Polish campaign flying with the 151 Eskadra (fighters) assigned to Army "Narew". In England, posted to No 307 Squadron. Later with 317 Sq. at Venderville. Killed during operational sortie near Rotterdam, flying Spitfire MkIX, ML128. Probably shot down by the German flak. His body nor the remains of his a/c were never found. Center: Maks Lewandowski, unit's CO from November 1943 till May 1944. Right: Navigator F/Lt Juliusz Baykowski. He flew with No. 300 Sqdn, but after injury, posted to 307 in 1941 in an administrative function.


Left: RAF Cranfield, April 1945. T/Lt M. Oparenko (left); W/O Z. Zmitrowicz; W/O S. Stachowski and F/Sgt D. Kowalicki. (photo courtesy of Christina Kiernan) Right: Navigator Leon Michalski and pilot Alfred Suskiewicz.

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