No. 305 Polish Squadron General Pictures Gallery

The first target of the squadron, Rotterdam's fuel dumps. (via R. Gretzyngier)

Wellington II Z8339, SM-N, late 1941. (Jerzy B. Cynk Archive)

Lindholme, 29 Mar 1942.
The squadron members forming up before funeral ceremonies for the crew of  F/Lt Ostaszewski. Notice camouflaged buildings of the station.

Lindholme, 29 Mar 1942.
Above and below: The 305 Wellingtons, SM-A (top) and SM-V being bombed up before mission. As some were burying their colleagues (F/O Ostaszewski's crew), others prepared for the mission.

On April 10, 1942, while returning from Essen, this Wellington W5519 was damaged by a night fighter and consequently, the pilot F/O Czolowski ditched the aircraft and whole crew was sear rescued.

Left: The Wellington SM-M (W5567) was lost over Lubek, shot down by flak the day after Ostaszewski accident. The whole crew bailed out safely and became POWs: F/Lt Pawluk, F/O Jungowski, Sgt Wasinski, Sgt Knipa, Sgt Krawiec and Sgt Skubiszewski. F/Lt Pawluk was one of the escapees executed by the Germans, following the famous break from the notorious Stalag Luft III at Sagan. Below, sergeants of this crew hours before that mission. Notice 20 missions indicated on the vertical stabilizer. See more pictures of the downed aircraft.  HERE.
Right: Sgt Drobny, highly decorated pilot inside the Wellington Z1481.

Left: Ludwik Molata receives Virtuti Militari and promotion from General Sikorski, during his visit in RAF Lindholm on 24 April 1942.
Right: 4000 lbs "cookie" which the 305 often carried across the channel.

RAF Lindholm 1942.
Left: 25 April. The mass celebrated during the Squadron Day. The SM-A in front was lost a week later while returning from bombing Hamburg. (via R. Gretzyngier)
Right: The unit's ground crew at work.

Two photographs showing funeral of W/Cdr Robert Hirszbandt OBE DFC VM, killed on June 2, 1942. While returning from raiding Essen, his plane crashed during landing at Bawdeswell near  Swanton Morley.

RAF Hemswell 1943.
Left: The unit's armourers service .303 Browning machine guns, two of which were fitted in Wellington IV gun turret. Right: The 305 ground crew enjoy a tractor ride with Z1378 in the background. Sgt Kwiatkowski flew many successful mission on this aircraft in 1942 and 1943.

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Flight A at RAF Lindholm, summer 1942. Needs info.

Left: RAF Lindholm Spring 1942. This SM-C Vicekrs Wellington III is being pushed by ground crew. Notice the port Hercules engine nacelle opened indicating that overhauling was in progress. This type was equipped with four-gun tail turret. Right: RAF Hemswell. The Tiger Moth trainer dwarfed by the 305 Sqdn Wimpey. Notice the different engine that the one on left photo. The newer version, Vickers Wellington IV was powered by the Pratt and Whitney Twin Wasp motors.

Left: S/Ldr Skarzynski (third from right) crew boarding their plane before mission. First on right stands F/) Siarkowski. Bowing before entering the aircraft is F/O Skarpetowski (via R. Gretzyngier) Right: One of the 305 crew before mission in early 1943 (photo courtesy of Cezary Korenc).

Left: Riding "Basia" (girl's name). The crew of Wellington MS495/SM-B: F/O Helwig navigator, F/O Bobinski pilot, Sgt Twardowski wireless operator, Sgt Arebski and St Zyb gunners. The last three were Polish Canadians who volunteered for service with PAF. Right: Another staged photo of this crew entering the aircraft. (via R. Gretzyngier)

RAF Hemswell. The crew of the F/Lt Bobinski (seats on the trolley) before mission in Spring 1943 (photo courtesy of Cezary Korenc).

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RAF Swanton Morley.
In August 1943 the unit was transferred to the 2 Bomber Group of 2 TAF, and reequipped with American B-25 Mitchel bombers. Left: one of the first new bombers delivered to the unit. Right: On October 8, 1943, General Sosonkowski visited the unit, which at that time was not yet operational.

Pictured left is Mitchell Mk II FV913 (SM-C), which was flown only in four missions, and on the right FV948 (SM-Q) which dropped Polish bombs on three occasions.

Three 305 Sqdn unidentified airmen at Swanton Morley in October 1943. (photo courtesy of Ann Sinclair)

SM-E FV923 at RAF Swanton Morley and a group of unidentified ground crew by its starboard engine.

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RAF Lasham, late November 1943. One of the first Mosquitoes received by the unit. (via R. Gretzyngier)

Left: Mosquito's striking power in fours: four 20 mm cannons, four 7,7 mm machine guns and four 500lb bombs. Probably Spring 1944 since no aircraft's individual letter is painted on nits nose.
Right: An unidentified pilot of posing by the units Mosquito, probably at Volkel, Germany. Notice a serious number of missions marked on the fuselage.

Flown mostly by Sgt Fras and Sgt Mikolajczak, Mosquito NS972, SM-C. Notice invasion stripes under wings and lower part of the tail. (via R. Gretzyngier)

Lasham, summer 1944. From left: Jan Majer, Kazimierz Konopasek, Tadeusz Czolowski, Boleslaw Orlinski, Jan Lemieszonek, Marian Aduckiewicz, Zugmunt Poplawski, Julian Lugowski and Mieczyslaw Kaluza.
On right, same photo session, in front of the same aircraft (Tomasz Wilczewski archives).

F/Lt Zygmunt Poplawski, VM DFC. (Tomasz Wilczewski archives).

Although the photo shows the 305 ground crew, it is very unlikely that this aircraft, Mosquito PR VIII version used for photo-reconnaissance flights, was used by the Poles. This version carried Merlin engines with two-step chargers for grater altitudes.

Epinoy, France, probably soon after the war. The CO's aircraft, and its crew: W/Cdr Orlinski and F/O Lemieszonek. (Tomasz Wilczewski archives)

F/Sgt Hass pilot, and F/O Wilczewski navigator. Notice the nose letter "G" painted over on aircraft no. RZ399.
Below the same crew in flight on SM-K. (Tomasz Wilczewski archives)

 (Tomasz Wilczewski archives)

Some ground crew in front of all silver Mosquito. Picture taken most likely at Wahn, near Cologne in 1946.