Michal Cwynar in his flying days

Michal Cwynar in his flying days

Squadron Leader Cwynar DFC fought the Luftwaffe from the early days of WW2 in Poland where he destroyed a Junkers Ju.87 dive bomber during the German invasion. Escaping from his beloved homeland he eventually made his way to France, where he joined the French Air Force’s GCIII/6 squadron at Toulon, and then to the United Kingdom. After arriving at Liverpool he had short stays in Glasgow and Blackpool, he was then posted to 15 Flying Training School at RAF Carlisle to check out his flying skills after which he was posted to the 10 Bomber & Gunnery School at RAF Dumfries flying Fairey Battle aircraft in the target towing role. After three months at Dumfries he was sent to a fighter operational training unit (OTU) and then to 315 Polish Squadron, Royal Air Force. He would spend most of the war with this squadron, flying Hurricanes, Spitfires and Mustangs. Later, he would become commander of 316 Squadron. After the War, Michal returned to Dumfries and made the town his home. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Polish Order of Military Virtue and Cross of Valour.

Michal was the patron of the Dumfries and Galloway Aviation museum until his death in 2008 at the age of 92.

M Cwynar (Right) with P/O T Zurakowski during his time with 315 Squadron

M Cwynar (Right) with P/O T Zurakowski during his time with 315 Squadron

Michal Cwynar in later years

Michal Cwynar in later years