Poles in PAF

After independence of Pakistan in 1947, thirty Polish officers and technicians who served RAF in WWII joined PAF. Poland soon become a communist country. RPAF consisted of Tempest, Fury, Harvad, Auster,  Tiger Moth , Bristol Freighter and Dakota aircraft which were all originated from RAF, Polish officers and men were trained in flying and maintenance of these aircraft.

 

A fine Polish officer Wladyslaw Turowicz rose to the rank of Air Cdre, he was appointed as ACAS (Maintenance). He became Pakistani citizen, and died in 1984.

PAF Museum, Faisal  has a special section devoted to pay tribute to him. Following are pictures from the same section.

 

 

 Complete Names of Polish Officers and men who served PAF are as follows:

Wilhelm Adler, Władysław Augustynowicz, Władysław Banach,
Franciszek Berezowski, Wiktor Cepiński-Flegier, Mieczysław Ciesielski, 
Wiktor Dobrzański, Stanisław Dudek, Henryk Franczak, Eugeniusz Gajewski, 
Alfons Gluba, Mieczysław Gorzula, Stanisław Haczkiewicz, 
Przemysław Hedinger, Roman Hrycak, Kajetan Ignatowski, 
Zygmunt Jabłoński, Antoni Jędryszek, Bolesław Kaczmarek, 
Witold Karol, Józef Kazimierczak, Ernest Keller, 
Piotr Kłos, Antoni Kondrat, Józef Korczowski, 
Zbigniew Kossakowski, Kazimierz Kozak, 
Roman Kozik, Konstanty Krupowicz, 
Henryk Kudliński, Michał Kulesza,  
Stanisław Kurowski, Michał Kułagin, Henryk Kwiatkowski, 
Kazimierz Leis, Stefan Maczulski,  Mieczysław Maksymowicz, 
Mieczysław Malinowski, Antoni  Michalak, 
Marian Michalak, Donat Mickiewicz, Maria Mikulska, Jan Mikulski, 
Stanisław Miller, Konrad Muchowski, Mieczysław Muszyński, Wacław Niezręcki, 
Bronisław Pianko, Antoni Polek, Tadeusz Południak, Henryk Raczkowski,

Edmund Sienkiewicz, Ignacy Sienkiewicz, Karol Sienkiewicz, Zdzisław Siwczyński, 
Bohdan Sokół-Szahin, Stanisław Susz, Adam Szajdzicki, 
Ludwik Świerzb, Czesław Tarkowski,  Czesław Tarnowski, 
Stefan Tronczyński, Władysław Turowicz, 
Zofia Turowicz, Tadeusz Wodziński, Mieczysław Wolański, 
Eugeniusz Zator, Czesław Zapaśnik,  
Jerzy Zbierzchowski, Stefan Zygnerski, Julian Żuromski and Henryk Perkowicz

 

 

Pictures of Polish Officers in PAF


RPAF first Bomber Wing Fury Squadrons

No.5 and No.14 Sqn - Peshawar 1950

Sitting 8th from Left is J K Zuromski, OC No.5 Sqn.

Air Head Quarters staff, circa 1961.

Air Cdre W J M Turowicz is sitting first from right.

Governor Punjab Sardar Adur Rab Nishtar inspects University Squadron on 20 Dec, 49. Flt Lt W. Banach; a Polish officer being introduced to the Governor.

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Young training cadets of RPAF College

(now Academy) Risalpur with instructor Pilot

FLt Lt. M Gorzula.

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Polish Instructor FLt Lt M Gorzula with

a training cadet in Harvad T-6 aircraft.

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RAF Instructor pilots (& families) during their

service in Pakistan - circa 1949.

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RAF pilots during their service with PAF

- circa 1949

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Employment certificate of Polish Instructor pilot

FLt Lt M Gorzula in RPAF.

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RAF officer FLt Lt M Gorzula served RPAF

from Dec'1948 to Feb'1950.

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Photos of RPAF College Risalpur (later renamed as PAF Academy Risalpur) from collection of FLt Lt. Mieczylaw Gorzula in RPAF.

He served PAF from 1948-50 as an instructor pilot for Tempest and Harvad aircraft.

 

Scans of Log Book of Capt. Czeslaw Tarkowski, during his service in RPAF. The log book record shows his flights in Jan, Feb and March of 1949.

He served PAF from 1948-49 as a transport and liaison aircraft pilot. In left most picture he is seen wearing RAF uniform.

Credits : We are thankful to Mathew McCarthy, Stevel Gorzula and Peter Sikora for helping us complete this page.

 

 

 

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