Kathleen Hanser describes Franciszek Jarecki’s bid for freedom from communism in a MiG-15... a story of espionage, luck and willpower
Tasked with leading a flight of four on a routine patrol along Poland’s Baltic coast on March 5, 1953, 21-year-old Polish Air Force pilot Lt Franciszek Jarecki had other ideas. They involved defection. His hands trembled before pushing open the throttle. Glancing towards the four armed MiG-15s sat on alert nearby, he knew it was now or never.