AGAINST THE ODDS

FAR FROM FOLDING ON THE FIRST DAY OF WORLD WAR TWO, THE POLISH AIR FORCE PUT UP DOGGED OPPOSITION. ROBERT GRETZYNGIER DESCRIBES THEIR EXCEPTIONAL GALLANTRY

WORLD WAR TWO POLISH AIR FORCE

The duel on September 3, 1939 over Zielonka: Lt Januszewicz fighting with four Messerschmitts Bf 110s in his nimble PZL P.11. P FORKASIEWICZ © 2017

German propaganda maintained that the Polish Air Force was destroyed on the ground on September 1, 1939, the first day of World War Two. Some writers continue to repeat this assertion, but it’s far from the truth. When the Luftwaffe hit Polish air bases, only training aircraft, and others undergoing repairs, were destroyed. Combat units had moved to camouflaged forward airfields several days before.

Want to read more?

This is a premium article and requires an active Key.Aero or Key Publishing subscription.

Existing subscriber? Sign in now

No subscription?

Pick one of our introductory offers

3 months

Standard subscription rate £29.99 + VAT

Launch rate £15.99 + VAT

Subscribe now
Reccomended

12 months

Standard subscription rate £69.99 + VAT

Launch rate £29.99 + VAT

Subscribe now

9 months

Standard subscription rate £39.99 + VAT

Launch rate £19.99 + VAT

Subscribe now