Polish civilian deported from Poland to Russia, 1940-1942; officer served with 194 Sqdn, RAF in Malaya, 1954-1957; served with 110 Sqdn, RAF during Indonesian Confrontation, 1963-1964
REEL 1 Background in Lwow, Poland, 1922-1939: family; education; wounding during German invasion of Poland, 9/1939; arrival of Russian troops, 9/1939; arrest and disappearence of his father, 11/1939. Recollections of period as deportee in Russia, 1940-1941: arrest and removal from home, 3/1940; under Russian occupation, 1939-1940; train journey from Poland to Kazakhstan; arrival at collective farm; farm work; story of being accused of being a saboteur, c6/1941; hearing news that Poles were to be released from forced labour; starvation in camp during winter.
REEL 2 Continues: burying the dead; obtaining work as tractor driver on second collective farm; hearing of formation of Polish Army; enlistment in Polish Army; obtaining place on train for family; evacuation to Pahlevi in Iran, 4/1942; physical condition on leaving Russia; how his family remained in Russia. Aspects of period as officer with RAF in GB, 1947-1954: joining RAF, 1947; flying as pilot in film 'The Dambusters'; RAF policy towards allowing pilots of Polish origin flying V bombers.
REEL 3 Continues: Aspects of operations as pilot with 197 Sqdn, RAF in Malaya, 1954- 1957: training as helicopter pilot; casualty evacuation operation in Westland Sycamore; number of casualty evacuation missions flown; other types of operations flown; character of Westland Sycamore helicopter; reasons for phasing out of Westland Sycamore from operational flights; posting after leaving Malaya. Aspects of operations as pilot with 110 Sqdn, RAF in Borneo, 1963-1964: posting to squadron, 1963; dropping Gurkha troops; evacuation of wounded Indonesian troops; attending rocket firing course.