No. 318 Squadron Picture Gallery. Part 2.
"Italy"

   
Left: F/O Buckiewicz. During their frequent relocations squadron's member often lived in quite primitive conditions.
Right: ?. From left: Ignatowski, Turek, Uchwat, ? and Buckiewicz.


LG207 Trigno. Early May 1944. Pilots and other personnel of No. 318 Squadron.
Back row from left: ?, Radwanski, Ignatowski, Buckiewicz, Karlikowski, Schreiber, ?, Tatarski, ?, Gaworski, Michniewicz, Zielinski, Kalita, Gorniak, Paczuski, Galicki, Kesserling.
Middle: Kon, Thorpe, Wisniowski, Barclay (Austalian), Wielochowski, Rayski, Moszynski, ?, Narzymski, Sharp, Preihs, Kalinowski.
Front: ?, Chelminski, Bartkiewicz, Gadomski, Sep-Szarzynski, Kraszewski, Tate. 

  
Pointing at the logo is F/O Mieczyslaw Galicki.


 Trigno.
Right: F/O Hamankiewicz. Privacy? Neahh! 


Above: Trigno. Fitters and armourers around MH584 - "F". (W. Matusiak)


Left: The unit's "X" buzzing the Trigno's airstrip. (W. Matusiak) Right: Pilot, Henryk Rosinski. (W. Matusiak)


Trigno. May 1944. Flight "A" with mechanics.

   
Left: Trigno. May/June 1944. The lack of control tower forced the unit's signal officer to improvise, and the top of a radio tender provided good observing post for a ground controller. Right: Sgt Ostrowski's prang. (Although initially the squadron comprised exclusively officers, after the end of the war at least two new pilots were sergeants)


Above and below: Treviso, May 1945.

 
Part of the squadron's booty in Italy was this Bf109, which for a short time became its 'hack'. Read its story
Envied by other units, was also the squadron's superbly equipped motor transport, complete with mobile machine shop, generators, aircraft recovery vehicles, radio tenders etc.

 
Left: Reportedly a flyable value of two bottles of whisky. Right: The same aircraft before the paint job at 318.


 P/O Stramik, in a freshly painted Bf109. He flew that a/c to the squadron. Only few flights were made on it, as its engine quickly gave up after catching up fire on three consecutive start-ups.


 Tissano, July 1945. "Why not?", LW-L and its crew. In the cockpit is P/O Chudzinski.


LG Lavariano, October 1945.
Left: F/Lt Krzywonos and P/O Guziak in cockpit. Right: Krzywonos (left), Guziak and Sgt Ostrowski.


Squadron are not only the pilots. It couldn't operate without numerous ground personnel. Below pictures showing some of those from No. 318 squadron.


During one of the frequent relocations. On the road to Tortoretto.
Left: F/Lt Krzywonos (sitting on a wheel), the squadron's signal officer with his unit and part of its equipment. Right: Part of the squadron's road party.


Visiting Rome in October 1944.


Rimini, early November 1944. Armourers and fitters at work.


Rimini, early November 1944. The squadron's radio unit.


Forli. March 1945.


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