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  •  Used to train "the few" (9+ / 0-)

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    My father-in-law was a Polish pilot with the RAF.  The picture above shows him with his training crew on a Moth (he's the one all the way on the right).  

    He was the age of my sons when the Germans invaded Poland. Fortunately he left his unit for home, and ended up in a Soviet prison camp. After a bunch of serious mis-adventures, he ended up in the UK (via a U-boat sinking, learning his first words in English (shark, knife)).  Towards the end of the war he met my mother-in-law, an Irish volunteer and settled in the UK. I kid my wife that she's a better American than me, being half Polish and half Irish.

    •  He must have been in the eastern half of Poland.. (6+ / 0-)

      ...as that was invaded and annexed by the Soviets under a secret pre-war protocol with the Germans.

      The Poles were a vital part of the RAF's fight against the Germans, both with Fighter and Bomber Command. See the film 'Battle of Britain'!

      'Per Ardua Ad Astra'

      by shortfinals on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 05:39:30 PM PST

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      •  I saw that movie as a rather young gent... (5+ / 0-)

        of 10 tender years. My father actually took me to see it, with a young friend from down the street. We were thrilled, but I seem to remember my dad later going on about inaccuracies...

        Mind you, this is a man who was 10 in 1940, and has to this day never set foot anywhere on the eastern side of the Atlantic. I really couldn't then, and still can't imagine what he would have found fault with, but, oh well, he's my dad, and he long ago attained the high rank of senior curmudgeon-at-large, so I mutely acknowledge there were "issues" and move on.

        I do remember the Polish pilots, especially the one who took up his Polish-English phrasebook with a passion after having been made into a German prisoner by English farmers who didn't understand him after he was shot down. Brave men they were.

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