Biography of a Fighter Pilot

Franciszek Kornicki

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January 2008
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'The Struggle' is a very readable account of an interesting life. The author was born in a rather poor peasant family in Poland. Through his own effort he made his way into the elite, becoming an officer and a fighter pilot of the Polish Air Force. During World War II he was among thousands of Polish airmen who came to Britain to fight the Germans, eventually rising to command a fighter squadron. After the war he was among thousands of Poles who settled in Britain, unable to return to their oppressed homeland. He joined the RAF, seeing service overseas as well as in the British Isles. Living in retirement with his wife in southern England he wrote down his memoirs, with his children and grandchildren in mind.


“Kornicki writes with candor and humor, and his Polish perspective of life in Britain during and after WWII is revealing…a good addition to the literature about service and civilian life in the UK during the 1940’s and 1950’s, as well as giving a rare and poignant view of Poland in prewar years and also after the fall of the Iron Curtain.”

- Cybermodeler

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