303 Squadron: The Legendary Battle of Britain Fighter Squadron

303 Squadron: The Legendary Battle of Britain Fighter Squadron

By: Arkady Fiedler (author), Jarek Garlinski (author), Jarek Garlinski (translator)Paperback

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The summer of 1940 and the Battle of Britainthe darkestdays of World War II. France, Poland, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands,Luxembourg and Norway had all been crushed by the powerful Nazi German warmachine. Great Britain stood alone, fighting for its life. 303 Squadron is the thrilling storyof the celebrated squadron of Polish fighter pilots whose superb skill in theair helped save England during its most desperate hours. They were thehighest-scoring Allied fighter squadron in the Battle of Britain, downing threetimes the average RAF score while incurring only one-third the averagecasualties. Dashing and gallant 303 Squadron was lionized by the British press,congratulated by the King, and adored by the British public. With an immediacy that vividly brings to life those harrowing days, Fiedlerpaints the bravery, the poignancy, the breathtaking gambles with death riskeddaily by this exceptional group of young men far from home, who fought topreserve freedom for all. Had it not been for the magnificent material contributed by the Polishsquadrons and their unsurpassed gallantry, I hesitate to say that the outcomeof the battle would have been the same." British Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding Translated from the Polish; identifies the pilots by their real names for thefirst time in English. Nearly 200 black & white photos, maps andillustrations; contextualizing historical material; nine appendices. Selection of the History Book Club and theMilitary Book Club. Winner: GOLD Award for History, 2011 Benjamin Franklin Awards SILVER Award for Interior Design, 2011 Benjamin Franklin Awards Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE

About Author

Author ARKADY FIEDLER (1894-1985), was born in Poznan,Poland, educated at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, in Poznan and at theUniversity of Leipzig. A best-selling travel writer researching in Tahiti when WWIIbegan, Fiedler made his way back to Europe and joined the Polish Army in Franceafter Poland had fallen to the Germans. His 32 books have been translated into 23 languages sellingover 10 million copies. 303 Squadron is his most famous andpopular book. Translator JAREK GARLINSKI, born in London, England, grew upbilingual in English and Polish. Hisfather, noted historian and author Jozef Garlinski, and his mother EileenShort-Garlinska, one of only a few Britons who spent WWII in Warsaw, bothserved in the Polish Underground Army during the war. Educated at the University of Nottingham, the University ofGrenoble, and the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at theUniversity of London, Garlinski is fluent in French, Russian, English andPolish, with a distinguished career in education. He has translated numerous books of Polishliterature and history, specializing in the WWII era.

Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction ... xxi A Note About... xxv Translator's Note ... xxix Author's Preface ... xxxiii Chapter 1 - The Battle of Britain 1940 ... 1 Chapter 2 - The Fighter Pilot ... 14 Chapter 3 - 31st August: The First Battle ... 21 Chapter 4 - 2nd September: Comradeship ... 32 Chapter 5 - When the Ammunition Ran Out... 41 Chapter 6 - 5th-6th September: You Win Some, You Lose Some .. 49 Chapter 7 - 7th September: A Tasty MorselDorniers ... 64 Chapter 8 - Pain ... 77 Chapter 9 - A Smile Through the Blood ... 84 Chapter 10 - The Cloud ... 93 Chapter 11 - 11th September: The Greatest Victory ... 100 Chapter 12 - The Enemy's Dance of Death ... 113 Chapter 13 - A Brave Czech ... 119 Chapter 14 - The Colourless Roots of Brilliant Flowers ... 128 Chapter 15 - A Fearless, Flawless Airman ... 141 Chapter 16 - The Myth of the Messerschmitt 110 ... 152 Chapter 17 - Tricks ... 164 Chapter 18 - 15th September: Fate in the Balance ... 172 Chapter 19 - 15th September: Fate Decided ... 183 Chapter 20 - 'We Are Beginning to Understand the Poles' . ... 191 HISTORICAL HORIZON The Road to Britain for the Polish Air Force: A Brief Overview ... 203 APPENDICES Appendix 1 - Glossary of English, Polish, German and French Terms and Acronyms ... 221 Appendix 2 - Polish Air Force Ranks and their Royal AirForce Equivalents During World War II ... 227 Appendix 3 - 303 Squadron Personnel in the Battle of Britain... 231 Appendix 4 - PilotBiographies ... 237 TadeuszAndruszkow ... 239 Michal Brzezowski... 241 Arsen Cebrzynski... 243 Jan Daszewski . ... 245 Miroslaw Feric ... 247 Athol Forbes . ... 249 Josef Frantisek ... 251 ZdzislawHenneberg ... 254 Stanislaw Karubin... 257 Ronald Kellett ... 259 John Kent ... 261 Zdzislaw Krasnodebski... 264 WitoldLokuciewski ... 266 LudwikPaszkiewicz ... 269 Marian Pisarek ... 271 EugeniuszSzaposznikow ... 274 Witold Urbanowicz... 276 Stefan Wojtowicz... 280 Kazimierz Wunsche... 282 Jan Zumbach ... 285 Appendix 5 - 303 Squadron Claimed Victories During the Battle of Britain ... 289 Appendix 6 - Brothers In Arms: The 303 Squadron Badge and the Original Kosciuszko Squadron ...297 Appendix 7 - The Song of 303 Squadron ... 313 Appendix 8 - Against All Odds: The Creation of the Polish Air Force Colour ... 319 Appendix 9 - Operational Units of the Polish Air Force in Great Britain during World War II ... 327 Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781607720058
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 304
  • ID: 9781607720058
  • weight: 690
  • ISBN10: 1607720051

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