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Tadeusz Wladyslaw Sawicz

Military

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.

He was the commander of several air units, including the No. 315 Polish Fighter Squadron, 1st Polish Fighter Wing, 3rd Polish Fighter Wing, 131st (Polish) Fighter Wing and 133rd Fighter Wing. He participated in the Battle of Britain and was ranked as the 82nd highest scoring Polish fighter pilot of the war [claimed 3 confirmed victories and 3.5 damaged].

Later, he was assigned to the 56th Fighter Group, under Polish-American fighter ace Francis Gabreski, flying 10 training missions and 16 combat missions.

Polish Awards: Virtuti Militari (Silver Cross), Cross of Valour[4 awards], Air Force medal, Armed Forces in the West Military Action Cross.

Other Awards: DFC, AM(OLC), DFC[UK], Airman's Cross[Dutch].

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    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

Associated Place

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Warsaw, Poland 13 February 1914
Based Boxted February 1944 – 15 June 1944

Assigned to 61FS, 56FG, 8AF.

Died Toronto, ON, Canada 19 October 2011

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 November 2017 14:48:58 Lucy May Changes to biography
Sources

Brought in sources from duplicate record:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list / www.56thfightergroup.co.uk/personnel.htm

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2017 12:33:37 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank and role
Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tadeusz_Sawicz
http://www.polishairforce.pl/sawicz.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/wing-commander-tadeusz-sawicz-m8bmf72...
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/military-obituaries/air-force...

Date Contributor Update
26 October 2017 12:27:40 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tadeusz_Sawicz
http://www.polishairforce.pl/sawicz.html
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/wing-commander-tadeusz-sawicz-m8bmf72...
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/military-obituaries/air-force...

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