M.781 First Officer  Wladslaw Radwanski 
  b. 30 Sep 1913,  Zychlin, Poland 1 Oct 1942 to 26 Jul 1945 




Father: Jan Radwanski

Ed. Military School, Technical School, Warsaw

prev. Polish Air Force from 2 Jan 1936; RAF (F/O, 300 Sqn) to 1 Oct 1942

Awarded Polish Bravery Medal

prev. exp. 1,030 hrs in Moth, Harvard, Battle, Hurricane, Spitfire, Mustang, Oxford, Blenheim, Whitley, Hudson, Wellington, Beaufighter and 'Lockheed'

He crashed Wellington IV R1510 while practising low-level circuits at Hemwell on 24 Sep 1941. "A sudden loss of engine power was experienced and the pilot tried to make a straight ahead landing, but was baulked by another aircraft taking off. First loss of a Wellington IV in Bomber Command service."

He also had a narrow escape on the 8 Nov 1941, when piloting Wellington Z1271 which iced-up and force-landed in France: "W/O Nowakowski, W/O Kudelko, W/O Iwanowicz, all PoW; F/O Taras, P/O Radwanski and Sgt Chrzanowski evaded capture."

 Postings: 14FPP

Reprimanded 20 Jun 1943 for 'neglect of duty' - failing to attend for fire guard and night duty pilot.

One accident, his fault:

- 27 Mar 1943, one wheel of his Botha I L6488 lodged against the side of the perimeter track, the aircraft swung and the tail struck a compressor trailer


 "A sound and conscientious pilot" ... "A good all-round ferry pilot who has now delivered a great number of aircraft"

 "There was pilot with this name flying up to at least the 1960's in the UK"

 Naturalised 26 Sep 1961: "Restaurateur, Pilgrims Corner, Margery Grove, Lower Kingswood, Surrey." 

From 1963, he was the proprietor of the Mill House, Brighton Rd, Salfords, Surrey and also owned 'a restaurant in London'.


d. 16 Sep 1987 - Maidenhead, Berks

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