No. 309 Polish Fighter-Reconnaissance Squadron


No. 309 Polish Fighter-Reconnaissance Squadron
No. 309 "Land of Czerwien" Polish Fighter Squadron
309th Polish Army-Cooperation Squadron.svg
309 Squadron logo
Active 8 Nov 1940 - 6 Jan 1947
Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Allegiance Poland Polish government in exile
Role Reconnaissance/Fighter Squadron
Part of RAF Fighter Command
Nickname Dywizjon Współpracy "Ziemi Czerwieńskiej"
Commanders
Notable
commanders
Henryk Pietrzak
Insignia
Squadron Codes AR, from 1944 WC

No. 309 (Land of Czerwien) Polish Fighter-Reconnaissance Squadron was a Polish squadron formed in Great Britain as part of an agreement between the Polish government-in-exile and the United Kingdom in 1940. It was at first a reconnaissance squadron but was later turned into one of several Polish fighter squadrons fighting alongside the Royal Air Force during World War II.

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History

The squadron was formed on 8 November 1940 in the RAF base at Renfrew near Glasgow. Operational readiness was reached on 5 December 1940.

Commanders

From
8 November 1940 ppłk pil. Zygmunt Pistl
12 February 1943 mjr pil. Witold Jacek Piotrowski
15 November 1943 kpt. pil. Maciej Piotrowski
3 April 1944 kpt. pil. Jerzy Gołko
9 September 1944 kpt. pil. Antoni Głowacki
7 August 1945 kpt. pil. Henryk Pietrzak

Aircraft operated

From Aircraft Version
8 November 1940 Westland Lysander Mk-II and Mk-III
1 June 1942 (Eskadra B) North American Mustang Mk-I
19 January 1944 Hawker Hurricane Mk-IV
23 January 1944 Hawker Hurricane Mk-IIC
1 September 1944 North American Mustang Mk-I
20 November 1944 North American Mustang Mk-III

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