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Mieczysław Adamek
Born (1918-09-18)18 September 1918
Died May 18, 1944(1944-05-18)
Place of birth Tashkent
Place of death UK


 United Kingdom

 Polish Air Force
 France Armée de l'Air

 Royal Air Force
Years of service 1936-1944
Rank Flying Officer
Unit Polish 113th Fighter Escadrille
No. 303 Polish Fighter Squadron
No. 317 Polish Fighter Squadron
Battles/wars Polish Defensive War, World War II
Awards Virtuti Militari; Cross of Valour; Distinguished Flying Cross (UK)

Mieczysław Adamek DFC was a Polish fighter ace of the Polish Air Force in World War II with 5 confirmed kills and two shared.[1]

Biography[edit | edit source]

After the end of WWI and the rebirth of the Polish State Adamek came back in Poland with his family. In 1936 he entered the Air Force Non-Commissioned Officer's School for minors in Bydgoszcz. In 1939 after his graduation he was assigned to the Polish 113th Fighter Escadrille. The first day of the World War II he scored a shared victory on a He 111. On the 18 September he was evacuated to France via Romania. After training on Bloch MB.150 Adamek took part in the Battle of France in the Wyrwicki section. On 22 June 1940 he flew across the Mediterranean to Algiers, and then via Casablanca and Gibraltar reached Britain in July. After training in different British schools Adamek was posted to the No. 303 Polish Fighter Squadron. On 23 June 1941 he shot down a Bf 109. In April 1942 he was transferred to No. 58 Operational Training Unit in Grangemouth where he served as instructor. In November 1943 he was ordered to the No. 317 Polish Fighter Squadron. On 18 May 1944 in-flight re-operations over France, a few miles from the English coast, Adamek plane was hit by the British air defense and fell. Pilot found dead later in the sea. The body fished out and laid in a cemetery in Northwood.

Aerial victory credits[edit | edit source]

  • 1/4 He 111 - 1 September 1939
  • 1/5 Ju 87 - 6 September 1939
  • Bf 109 - 23 June 1941
  • Bf 109 - 23 June 1941 (probably)
  • Bf 109 - 12 July 1941
  • Bf 109 - 12 October 1941
  • Fw 190 - 8 December 1941
  • Bf 109 - 14 April 1942

Awards[edit | edit source]

Virtuti Militari Ribbon.png Virtuti Militari, Silver Cross
POL Krzyż Walecznych (1940) 4r BAR.PNG Cross of Valour (Poland), four times
DistinguishedFlyingCrossUKRibbon.jpg Distinguished Flying Cross (United Kingdom)

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