No. 318 Squadron Picture Gallery. Part
Left: F/O Buckiewicz. During their
frequent relocations, squadron's member often lived in quite primitive
conditions. Right: ?. From left: Ignatowski, Turek, Uchwat, ?
LG207 Trigno. Early May 1944. Pilots and other personnel of No. 318 Squadron.
row from left: ?, Radwanski, Ignatowski, Buckiewicz, Karlikowski,
Schreiber, ?, Tatarski, ?, Gaworski, Michniewicz, Zielinski, Kalita, Gorniak,
Paczuski, Galicki, Kesserling.
Middle: Kon, Thorpe, Wisniowski, Barclay (Austalian),
Wielochowski, Rayski, Moszynski, ?, Narzymski, Sharp, Preihs, Kalinowski.
Front: ?, Chelminski, Bartkiewicz, Gadomski,
Sep-Szarzynski, Kraszewski, Tate.
Left: Pointing at the logo is F/O Mieczyslaw Galicki. Supposedly, he was the author of that logo. Right: F/O Hamankiewicz.
Does his gesture imputes lack of privacy? Neahh!
Trigno. Officers mess. I always wondered how often officer caps fell off when they tripped up on those lines and pegs.
Above and below: Trigno. Fitters and armourers around MH584 - "F".
Right: Pilot, Henryk Rosinski. (W. Matusiak)
Trigno. May 1944. Flight "A" with mechanics.
Left: Trigno. May/June 1944. The lack of control
tower forced the unit's signal officer to improvise, and the top of a radio
tender provided good observing post for a ground controller.
Right: Sgt Ostrowski's prang. Although initially the squadron
comprised exclusively officers, after the end of the war at least two new pilots
Above and below: Treviso, May 1945. Grassy dispersal with the unit's Spitfires MkIX.
Part of the squadron's booty in Italy was this Bf109,
which for a short time became its 'hack'. Read its
Envied by other units, was also
the squadron's superbly equipped motor transport, complete with mobile machine
shop, generators, aircraft recovery vehicles, radio tenders etc.
Left: Reportedly a flyable value of two bottles of
whisky. Center: The same aircraft before the paint job at 318. Right: P/O Stramik, in a freshly painted Bf109. He flew
that a/c to the squadron. Only few flights were made on it, as its engine
quickly gave up after catching up fire on three consecutive start-ups. All three photographs were taken with Jozef Krzywonos private camera.
Tissano, July 1945. "Why not?", LW-L and its crew. In the
cockpit is P/O Chudzinski.
LG Lavariano, October 1945.
Left: F/Lt Krzywonos and P/O Guziak
in cockpit. Right: Krzywonos (left), Guziak and Sgt Ostrowski.
Squadron are not only the pilots. It
couldn't operate without numerous ground personnel.
Below pictures showing
some of those from No. 318 squadron.
of the frequent relocations. On the road to Tortoretto.
F/Lt Krzywonos (sitting on a wheel), the squadron's signal officer with his unit
and part of its equipment. Right: Part of the squadron's road
Rimini, early November 1944. Armourers and fitters at work.
Rimini, early November 1944. The squadron's radio unit.
Forli, January 1945. Duty Officer, F/O Uchwat with a group of ground crew.
Group of the 318 ground crew at Forli in March 1945. Needs info.
Now...where is that lense?