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Jan Black Stangryciuk was born in Poland but his family emigrated to Argentina in 1934. He volunteered to travel to England to join the Royal Air Force in 1939. He recounts his journey, why he made this decision and how he joined the RAF. He was…

RAF Swinderby was in Lincolnshire, eight miles south-west of Lincoln. It opened in August 1940 as part of 1 Group Bomber Command when it was home to the first two Polish Squadrons with the RAF. The runways were concreted in November 1941, and it…

RAF Bramcote was in Warwickshire six miles south east of Nuneaton. It opened in September 1939 when 215 Squadron with Wellingtons moved in but stayed for just two weeks. During 1940 four Polish squadrons formed at RAF Bramcote with Battles. 300 and…

300 Squadron was created in July 1940 at RAF Bramcote, Warwickshire as a part of the Polish Air Forces in Great Britain. The squadron was manned by Poles who had escaped from both the fall of Poland and of France. The squadron fought alongside the…

RAF Winthorpe was in Nottinghamshire, three miles north from Newark. It opened in September 1940 when it was home to 300 Squadron and 301 Squadron. It was later used as a relief landing ground until its runways were concreted in 1942. When re-opened…

RAF Ingham was in Lincolnshire eight miles north from Lincoln. Construction began in 1940 and it opened in that year, grass-surfaced, as a satellite of Hemswell. May 1942 saw 300 (Polish) Squadron’s Wellingtons arrive from Hemswell, leaving again…

RAF Hemswell was in Lincolnshire, eight miles east of Gainsborough. It was built in 1918 for the Royal Flying Corps. The Station closed in 1919 and returned to farmland but in 1936 it reopened as a bomber station with grass runways flying a variety…

RAF Faldingworth was in Lincolnshire, five miles south west from Market Rasen. Construction began in 1942 and it opened in July 1943 with concrete runways. A detachment of 1667 Heavy Conversion Unit moved in from August to October 1943 and was then…

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Peter Watson was born in South Wales and joined the Royal Air Force in 1943. He wanted to be a pilot but there was a surplus of pilots so he became an air gunner. He crewed-up and flew with 101 Squadron initially, a special duties squadron, and he…

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Wanda Szuwalska was sixteen years old when Germany invaded Poland. The family was deported to Siberia by the Russian army. They travelled for several weeks to the Arkhangelsk region where Wanda then worked as a logger. When war intensified between…

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Jan Black flew operations as an air gunner with 300 Squadron. He was badly burned when his aircraft crashed on a training flight and he became a member of the Guinea Pig Club. He underwent ten operations at East Grinstead Hospital.

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Outlines the history of RAF Hemswell starting from its origin as RAF Harpswell in 1918 until peacetime operations in the the 50s. The station was equipped with Ansons, then Blenheims. Part of No 3 Group, 61 and 144 Squadrons. Changed to No 5 Group,…
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