ilots of 303. Sqn and Spitfire Mk Vb s/n BL670 RF*K "Vojtek" - RAF Northolt early May 1942. Standing L to R: F/Sgt Waclaw GIERMER, F/Sgt SZNAPKA, P/O Marian SZELESTOWSKI, F/O Jerzy SCHMIDT, F/O Janusz KOBYLINSKI, unknown, F/O Eugeniusz "Horba" HORBACZEWSKI, F/O Janusz MARCINIAK, Sq/ldr Jan "Johnny" ZUMBACH, Fl/lt Zygmunt BIENKOWSKI. On the Spitfire L to R: Sgt Jozef STASIK, Sgt Ryszard GORECKI, F/Sgt Mieczyslaw ADAMEK. Below of Sgt Gorecki is F/O Longin MAJEWSKI.
In the RAF needed pilots faster than they could be trained. In order to fill the quota, it established special aviation ‘boot-camps’ on neutral U. Thousands of British pilots earned their wings at the schools.