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9 years 6 months ago #180 by ChrisW01
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Hello my name is Chris and I just joined the forum.

Would like to know if anyone has information, can direct to a source, or has heard mention of an event regarding tank mechanics of the Polish 2nd Armoured Brigade, Polish 2nd Corps in Italy being utilized or volunteered as skilled labor to overhaul/repair landing gear on SAAF B-24 (No.31 or 34 Squadron) and commonwealth Spitfires and Wellingtons (Squadrons unknown).

This story was related to me by my late uncle Michal Krzywoszanski who was one of those individuals and I am researching his life during the war. He was a tank mechanic in the LAD (Light Aid Detachment, "czolowka naprawcza") of the Polish 4th "Skorpion" Armoured Regiment. He never mentioned where or when this happened in Italy or the circumstances. Kindly asking if anyone knows of a recollection, mention or record existing of Polish armoured vehicle mechanics from the Polish 2nd Armoured Brigade being temporarily utilized or volunteered as skilled labor to an MU or RSU of the RAF or SAAF in Italy in 1944/45?

It's only a theory but I believe this may have been part of a larger unofficial expression of Polish gratitude for SAAF No. 31 & 34 and other commonwealth squadron efforts during the Warsaw uprising (I know Spitfires and Wellingtons did not fly to Warsaw). These maintenance units may have found themselves shorthanded and some skilled labor helped make up the shortfall. I have enquired to the Polish Institute & Sikorsky Museum in London and the SANDF Doc Centre in Pretoria South Africa; they unfortunately could find no information regarding this event. The UK Archives in London (Kew) have an extensive list of MU

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Hello my name is Chris and I just joined the forum.

Would like to know if anyone has information, can direct to a source, or has heard mention of an event regarding tank mechanics of the Polish 2nd Armoured Brigade, Polish 2nd Corps in Italy being utilized or volunteered as skilled labor to overhaul/repair landing gear on SAAF B-24 (No.31 or 34 Squadron) and commonwealth Spitfires and Wellingtons (Squadrons unknown).

This story was related to me by my late uncle Michal Krzywoszanski who was one of those individuals and I am researching his life during the war. He was a tank mechanic in the LAD (Light Aid Detachment, "czolowka naprawcza") of the Polish 4th "Skorpion" Armoured Regiment. He never mentioned where or when this happened in Italy or the circumstances. Kindly asking if anyone knows of a recollection, mention or record existing of Polish armoured vehicle mechanics from the Polish 2nd Armoured Brigade being temporarily utilized or volunteered as skilled labor to an MU or RSU of the RAF or SAAF in Italy in 1944/45?

It's only a theory but I believe this may have been part of a larger unofficial expression of Polish gratitude for SAAF No. 31 & 34 and other commonwealth squadron efforts during the Warsaw uprising (I know Spitfires and Wellingtons did not fly to Warsaw). These maintenance units may have found themselves shorthanded and some skilled labor helped make up the shortfall. I have enquired to the Polish Institute & Sikorsky Museum in London and the SANDF Doc Centre in Pretoria South Africa; they unfortunately could find no information regarding this event. The UK Archives in London (Kew) have an extensive list of MU

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9 years 6 months ago #1011 by Gary
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Hi Chris
I've not hear anything official to this but there are plenty of rumours floating around (nothing specific) and it really wouldn't surprise me if this were the case given the bond that seemed to have formed with the different units of 205 Group out in Italy.
All the best
Gary

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9 years 6 months ago #1012 by ChrisW01
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Appreciate the reply Gary.
It's not much but is something. Rumours you say?
Even if nonspecific please do tell.

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9 years 6 months ago #1013 by Gary
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I just remember being told by an ex F/E that he remembers Polish mechanics working on the planes of 178 Squadron.

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9 years 6 months ago #1014 by ChrisW01
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That's interesting Gary. I'm guessing he never distingushed whether these mechanics were Polish Army or Airforce. Would you or anyone know which MU's or RSU's 178 Squadron used? Might prove to be a lead. Do they have a Squadron Association?

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