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Old 12th July 2018, 08:40
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Looking for a polish spitfire pilot name

End July/beginning of August 1944, a polish spitfire pilot was shot down at Bonneville la Louvet (north east of Lisieux).

There was a hole in an engine "in which a hand could go through";

His aircraft crash landed violently, the wings were torn apart, the fuselage broke and the pilot finally remained under an apple tree, wounded but alive.

The German army took him as POW, took care of him in a castle nearby, but finaly left him when they retreated, so he was back in the Allies camp.

All this is based on a testimony (of an 88 year old gentleman who still has the windshield of this spit) and this story seems rather well known.

My question is : what was the name of the pilot ? And is he still alive ?

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