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  1. Piotr Wróblewski
    Piotr Wróblewski at |

    Great job Mark

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  2. Levothread
    Levothread at |

    Oh, this brings back memories. As part of a college course, we were able to visit the soviet bloc countries and was directed to a place called “Campo Santo”.
    It was neglected and in disrepair. In the corner our guide showed us what remained of the memorial that the Polish people had erected for the fallen French and American flyers who volunteered to fight for Poland in the 1900’s.

    “After World War Two how could the Allies turn their back on a country who loved freedom and the U. S. so much?” Our guide asked.

    In 1985 that question was impossible for 19 year old to answer. Gazing upon the broken marble and fractured names I felt hot shame and cried like a baby.

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  3. Pelek
    Pelek at |

    Levothread: I will tell you – it’s simple – Business is business

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  4. noone important
    noone important at |

    “he later spent 6 years in a Soviet prison on false espionage charges”
    Not in Soviet, but in Polish prison. And btw. he met gen. Spychalski, soon-to be marshall of Poland in the prison, and it was him who convinced Skalski to stay after they were both released.

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  5. Janet South
    Janet South at |

    I have a photo of a Polish/RAF officer, covered in
    medals, four gold stripes on his sleeve, attending a memorial
    service last year for my uncle Cecil Higgins in Ipswich, England, where his resting-place was finally found by
    relatives. Would love to know who he was, and why he attended the ceremony to unveil the headstone.
    Cecil died in a flight test at Martlesham, Suffolk, a few
    days before war was declared in 1939.
    Can send fuller details and photo to anyone interested.

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  6. Teo Nowakowski
    Teo Nowakowski at |

    Enjoyed reading of their heroism and dedication to their country, they displayed love of their country.
    God have mercy on their souls, they are in heaven.

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  7. Gene Mierzejewski
    Gene Mierzejewski at |

    What’s truly outrageous is that the Polish pilots who helped the RAF win the Battle of Britain and the soldiers who took the Nazi stronghold Monte Cassino in Italy were barred from marching in Britain’s victory parade in London. The new Labour government feared the Polish patriots’ participation in the parade would upset the puppet Soviet government in Warsaw.

    A terrific account of the Polish pilots and their homeland during the war is available in Lynne Olson and Stanley Cloud’s “A Question of Honor.”

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