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Polish officers, who flew with the 61st Fighter Squadron, stand with Lieutenant-Colonel Frances S. Gabreski, CO of the 61st FS, 56th Fighter Group, at Boxted air base. Left to right they are: Squadron Leader Boles?aw Micha? G?adych, Flight Lieutenant Tadeusz Sawicz, Lieutenant-Colonel Francis S. Gabreski, Flight Lieutenant Zbigniew Janicki, Flight Lieutenant Tadeusz Andersz and Flight Lieutenant Witold Lanowski.



  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 61st Fighter Squadron


  • Tadeusz Andersz

    Military | Flight Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Flew with fellow poles for the French airforce in defense of Rennes, before being evacuated to Great Britain. Flew Spitfires for the RAF. Transferred from 315 Sqn RAF to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF USAAF. Flying as a maximum endurance escort to B17's on 9-Apr-44,...

  • Francis Gabreski

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot
    Francis S Gabreski (born Franciszek Gabryszewski) was the son of Polish immigrants to the US. He enlisted with the United States Army Air Corps in July 1940, was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Air Reserve in March 1941 and was posted to...

  • Zbigniew Janicki

    Military | Fighter Pilot

  • Witold Lanowski

    Military | Flight Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot
    Polish AF pilot attached to the RAF and AAF ...

  • Tadeusz Sawicz

    Military | Brigadier General | Fighter pilot
    A Polish WWII fighter pilot. He served in the Polish Air Force, and after the fall of Poland, he served in the Polish and allied units in France and United Kingdom. ...


  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:23:24 AAM AAM ingest

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