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    Default Ryszard Dyrgalla RAF NOP-0689 - inventor of a rocket engine

    Hi All,

    I am new here, so please forgive if I misbehave :).

    I am urgently looking for any info/docs/photos related to Ryszard Dyrgałła (Dyrgalla / Dyrgala / Drygala) due to article/booklet I am writing about him.
    Why urgent? Due to 110th birthday that Ryszard would celebrate on 5th April this year. This is when I want to publish my work.

    What I know:

    - 27th Sep 1940 he volunteered to RAF and was assigned this number: RAF NOP-0689
    - since 4th Oct 1940: 1 Photographic Reconaissance Unit (PRU) in Heston
    - since Feb'41: No. 5 Bombing and Gunnery School in Jurby (Isle of Man)
    - from 7th May 1942 until December 1944: HQ Fighter Command (RAF Bentley Priory in Stanmore)
    - 1944: research dept in RAE Farnborough
    - since 5th June 1945 in general armory department (?) of RAE Farnborough
    - 6th Oct 1945: transfer to Dunholme Lodge

    In 1946 he moved to Argentina, where he developed first rocket engine in the history of South America. Apart of that, he was a holder of several national gliding records (flight distance, flight height etc.), wrote a couple of books and articles. He was also a great and brave glider - e.g. he was not afraid of gliding straight into the center of the storm, just to challenge himself (and the machine as well). A very interesting person !

    I would be grateful for literally any information.

    PS. He was also awarded 39-45 Star, Aircrew Europe Star, Defence Medal and War Medal. Unfortunately I do not know the dates when it happened.

    Thank you in advance,
    Kuba

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    Hello Kuba

    Welcome to the Forum. He does get a mention in the Air 81 listings as linked at the top of the Forum pages:

    https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...ls/r/C16688382

    His Spitfire PR.III P9426 took off with an Airman on the tail(!) on November 21st 1940, and was has been mentioned briefly in the Forum here:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...331#post131331

    Regards

    Simon

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    Hi Simon,

    Many thanks for your reply.
    Yes, I already have full documentation on that accident with an airman on the tail...what a story :)

    Regards,
    Kuba

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    Hi Kuba,

    You are probably aware but just in case the Photographic Reconnaissance Unit (PRU) was re-designated No.1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit (1 PRU) on 16 Nov 40 so Dyrgałła technically served with both even though the Unit was always known as the 'PRU'.

    Dyrgałła flew nine operational sorties with the PRU/1 PRU.

    Best regards

    Andy Fletcher
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    Hi Andy,

    To be honest, I was not aware of it. Thanks for this additional info !
    Do you have any details on these 9 sorties?

    Best,
    Kuba

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    Morning Kuba,

    Drop me a line at:

    von_shagmeister[AT].yahoo.co.uk

    Best regards

    Andy Fletcher
    Per Speculationem Impellor ad Intelligendum

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