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    Default Searching for a Polish pilot

    I'm trying to help someone out. He was given a few items as a wee lad in the 1970s by the widow of a Polish pilot, who was his neighbour.
    I've been given some clues but sadly, he doesn't remember much. I've trawled through the Krzystek's list for any matches but no definite hits so far.
    I'd be grateful if someone could help me find out who the pilot was?

    Clues given:

    1. Pilot died in around 1973 or some years prior/after.
    2. He resided in Rodwell Walk, Layton, Blackpool, Lancs.
    3. The pilot was known as 'Mr Stan' - a shortened form of either Stanislowski, Stanalovski and etc., apparently.
    4. He was definitely a pilot.
    5. He held an officer rank during WW2. (one of the items is an officer's badge)
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    Default Re: Searching for a Polish pilot

    Hello,

    A possibility for your man (no more than that!):

    https://listakrzystka.pl/en/knapik-stanislaw

    Col.

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    Default Re: Searching for a Polish pilot

    This looks a bit like searching for a needle in a haystack. I guess it might be easier to check locally, ask the neighbours, find address or phone books, electoral lists, etc.
    https://www.facebook.com/Franciszek-Grabowski-241360809684411/

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    Default Re: Searching for a Polish pilot

    I'm actually sorting through the items owned by the gent. One I have identified as a UK-made USAAF aircrew wing. So, perhaps, this is another clue that the Polish pilot served with the USAAF at some point?

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    I'd like to make a revision that the pilot died in the 1960s. The gent said he got the items from the widow in 1973 but thinks he died in the 1960s.
    There is also an item relating to the Sultan of Oman's Air Force, if that helps narrow down anything...

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    Default Re: Searching for a Polish pilot

    I would say it is pretty confusing. There were Polish pilots flying in Aden or Oman in RAF service, but none seems to fit. A son of a Polish pilot was killed in Oman in RAF service, but again it does not match. The US wings give no clue. Does not match to known pilots flying with the USAAF, could be a gift. Could you list the items, perhaps?
    https://www.facebook.com/Franciszek-Grabowski-241360809684411/

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    Default Re: Searching for a Polish pilot

    Franek,

    I will send you a PM with a photo.

    Regards,

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    Default Re: Searching for a Polish pilot

    Surely the Electoral Rolls for the period will show who lived where at the location quoted.

    The Polish Air Force Association will possibly be able to help, as they have a very tight network.

    If Franek is thinking of Mike Drybanski - it's not him.

    Colin Cummings

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    Default Re: Searching for a Polish pilot

    Hello

    I'm not sure the Electoral Rolls are available online?

    Do we know where he died? If it's Blackpool, then you can do a wildcard search using Stan* for forename or surname on FreeBMD.org.uk for deaths registered there.

    Not that many 'Polish' sounding names come up (nothing in the 1960s and no surnames beginning with 'Stan'):

    June 1970 - Stanislaw GARBICZ

    Dec 1970 - Stanislaw KAY

    March 1971 - Stanislaw NAWROCKI

    March 1975 - Stanislaw KNAPIK

    June 1975 - Stanislaw KARPUWICZ

    Dec 1979 - Stanislaw LINDSEY

    June 1980 - Stanislaw PACHUCKI

    Widening the search to the whole of Lancashire brings up lots of Stanislaws in the 1960's, however.

    Still not much on the surnames for the late 1960's and early 1970's for the whole of Lancashire:

    March 1968 - Janek STANCZYK, registered Rochdale.

    March 1969 - Stanislaw STANISAUKIS, registered Littleborough

    Sept 1972 - Stanislaw STANBROWSKI, registered Haslingden

    March 1973 - Antoni STANASZEK, registered Rochdale

    Regards

    Simon
    Researching R.A.F. personnel from the North East of England

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    Default Re: Searching for a Polish pilot

    Simon,

    Thank you very much! He said that Stan could've been his first name or surname. He thinks he died in Blackpool but he isn't sure. His widow was his next-door neighbour in Layton, Blackpool in the 1970s.

    I actually suggested pilot Stanislaw Knapik (one of the names listed), who was on Kryzstek's list and he said that he was sure that "Mr Stan" died in the 1960s and most definitely pre-1973 as he was given the items by Mr Stan's widow that year.

    Do you think the USAAF badge may have been Mr Stan's and the Sultan of Oman's badge may have been his son's, if there were such "sons of Polish pilots" in the Sultan of Oman's service?

    I will be emailing the Polish Air Force Association this evening regarding Mr Stan.

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