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Oct 25 2011

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Tadeusz Sawicz †

Tadeusz Sawicz died on October 19, 2011. Born in 1914 in Warsaw, he joined the Polish air force in 1934 and fought the German invaders in 1939, flying P.11c fighters. After the fall of Poland, he joined France and began flying with Groupe de Chasse III/10 but had to flee to North Africa after the defeat.

He reached Great-Britain in time to take part in the Battle of Britain and flew with the RAF for the rest of the war. He was credited with 3 confirmed aerial victories and 3.5 damaged aircraft. He was commander of all three Polish Fighter Wings in the RAF.

After the war, Sawicz stayed in England before moving to Canada in 1957.

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2 comments

  1. Ian Prior

    He may have died, but his name shall live for ever! Sir, I salute you. Rest in Peace!

  2. lee north

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    Amazing! Those Polish airmen helped save Britain in WW II (and in so doing, the Free World). I chose a Polish ace for my two novels “For This One Hour” and “Snowflakes on the Don” which attemptedd to glorify the Poles and all others in the RAF. My hero, “Jan Komaiko,” survived the Katyn Forest Massacre, made it to Britain and the RAF with much excitement, and then in the latter novel emigrated to the US. There, he joined “Island Aircraft” (bearing resemblance to my employer, Grumman Aerospace) as a test pilot. The books are available at Amazon, B & N, and other internet outlets. :-)) – eln

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