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The Polish Air Force Memorial Committee represented at the Polish Aviation Day

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30 August 2023

The Polish Air Force Memorial Committee represented at the Polish Aviation Day


The Polish Air Force Memorial Committee was represented at the annul Polish Aviation Day on 28 August in Dęblin by Col Artur Kamola who also kindly laid a wreath on its behalf.

 

The Polish Aviation Day is a special date in the Polish aviation calendar. It is celebrated to commemorate the victory in 1932 of Franciszek Żwirko and Stanisław Wigura in the International Tourist Plane Competition in Berlin in a Polish RWD-6, which engineer Stanisław Wigura was a co-developer. This was a spectacular Polish success at what was then the largest aviation event in the world.

 

This year the celebrations, organized by the General Command of the Branches of the Polish Armed Forces and the Air Force Inspectorate, took place in Dęblin in front of the monument to the "Heroic Pilots of the Dęblin School of Eaglets". It is a special event where the entire aviation community celebrates this unique holiday together.

 

The President of the Republic of Poland and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Andrzej Duda, the Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and the Minister of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak sent a letter to the ceremony participants.

 

The Polish Aviation Day is also an ideal opportunity to commemorate the successes of Polish aviation, its colourful history and memories of extraordinary personalities. The ceremony allows perpetuating aviation traditions that have been developed in Poland for over 100 years.

 

As part of the celebrations, the delegation also visited memorial sites associated with Polish airmen. They lit candles on the graves of pilots and laid wreaths, including at the grave of Brig. Gen. Pil. Szczepan Ścibior a former Rector-Commandant of the "School of Eaglets".

 

Brig. Gen. Pil. Szczepan Ścibior is a very important figure for Dęblin and is always remembered during historical celebrations of the "School of Eaglets". From August 1947, he was the Commander of the Officer Aviation School in Dęblin. In 1951, as a result of political accusations, he was arrested and executed on 7 August 1952. On 27 April 1956, Brig. Gen. Pil. Szczepan Ścibior was posthumously cleared of the charges. His grave is in the grounds of the Polish Air Force University at the Church of St. Our Lady of Loreto.

 

The Appeal of Remembrance was read at the end of the ceremony.

 

 

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