Polish officer served as pilot with 317 and 309 Sqdns RAF in GB including Battle of Britain, 1940
REEL 1: Background in Poland and France, 1918-1940: role as flying instructor and teacher; qualified pilot with Polish Air Force; description of German attacks on Poznan, 9/1939; problem of replacing aircraft; description of operations as pilot with French Air Force in France, 1940; story of journey to GB and arrival at Falmouth, 21/Jun/1940. Aspects of operations with 317 and 309 Sqdns RAF in GB, 1940-1941: first impressions of GB and morale of people; billeted in Glasgow and Blackpool; story of crashing and nature of injuries; medical treatment and convalescence; description of first operational flight over Brest, France; problem of running out of fuel and forced landing in Cornwall; attitude to British wartime spirit; question of wearing French uniform; accommodation and recreational activities in Blackpool; memory of seeing George Formby; attitude to Germans; memory of Stuka attacks; story of V1 rocket; description of escorting Lancasters in bombing raid over Hamburg and attacked by Me 262s; description of formation flying and tactics; question of maintaining radio silence; problem of lack of oxygen; story of painting on aircraft; story of Mustang and power of engine; opinion of ground crew; story of Polish airman.
Over two million American servicemen passed through Britain during the Second World War. In 1944, at the height of activity, up to half a million were based there with the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF). Their job was to man and maintain the vast fleets of aircraft needed to attack German cities and industry.