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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

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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.


Thrilling action story of the famous squadron of Polish fighter pilots whose superb aerial combat skills helped save Britain during the most desperate days of WWII. Underdog heroes who rose to defend against the deadliest German Luftwaffe attacks, the pilots of 303 Squadron were lionized by the British press, congratulated by the King, and adored by the British public. Wonderful account. -- Lynne Olson and Stanley Cloud, authors of A Question of Honor

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