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    Default Polish Airmen sent back to France

    In the very early days of the War, a number of Polish airmen were sent back to France because they refused to take an oath of allegiance to the King because their loyalty was to Poland. This was eventually resolved and they returned to Britain. Can anyone please tell me if any Poles were sent back for any other reason?

    One pilot was supposedly sent back because he was suffering from malaria and was unfit to fly. Can anyone please confirm or deny this? It seems hard to believe that he would be sent back and not retained in another capacity.

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    You might try posting this question on the 300PolishSquadron Yahoo group site https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/...hSquadron/info they have an extensive database of Polish airmen.

    Chris.....

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    Thanks Chris

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    I knew a pilot who was returned due to the oath crisis, but unfortunately he passed away. I have never heard of the Malaria man, and I am not sure on how to verify this story.

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    Thanks Franek,

    Stanislaw Boczkowski was one of a fairly large group who were sent back over the oath crisis but I find it hard to believe that a man would be sent back to France because he had malaria; in fact I know of one who was stopped from being a pilot but was retained for other duties and, in time, was even allowed to become a pilot after a significant period with no attacks.

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    The one I knew was Edward Jaworski, he described the incident in his book. I cannot comment on malaria, but perhaps there were Polish hospital facilities already established in France, that could handle his case?

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    Thanks Franek, you are quite probably right. I asked the question just in case someone knew the answer! It is not desperately important but it is one of those little details that are twice as annoying because you can't find the answer!!!

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