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: name; role as flying instructor at Polish Academy; memory of outbreak of war in Poznan, Sep/1939; destruction of airfields and aircraft; posted to France and description of operations with French Air Force; type of aircraft used; story of being paid off and journey to GB, 6/1940. Recollections of operations with 317 and 309 Sqdns RAF in GB, 1940: first impressions of GB; posted to Blackpool. 6/1940; story of crash in Oxford trainer and nature of injuries; description of medical treatment and convalescence; posted to 317 Sqdn RAF; description of first operational flight over Brest; story of running out of fuel and emergency landing; question of Spitfires colliding on ground; casualties.
REEL Continues: first impressions of GB; description of daily life in Blackpool; opinion of hospitality; cost of living; social life and sporting activities; memory of hearing George Formby; question of Polish character; attitude to Germans; method of attacking V1 rockets; description of shooting down Me 262; formation flying and tactics; question of radio silence; problem of oxygen supply; story of meeting future wife and painting on aircraft; story of Mustang; opinion of ground crew; story of Polish airman. Various aspects of post-war life in Poland and GB.
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.