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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. P P Gallus


Pawel Piotr Gallus was born at Szczawnica, Poland on 28th April 1920. He joined the Polish Air Force in 1936 and qualified as a fighter pilot at Krosno in 1939. He was posted to No.1 Air Regiment at Warsaw and joined its Fighter Squadron 112. He escaped through Romania after the German invasion and reached France on 30th December 1939.

Gallus joined l'Armee de l'Air and served in a defence flight operating MB152's over Chateauroux airfield and the Bloch factory.


When France fell, Gallus made his way to England, arriving on 23rd June 1940. He was posted to 303 Squadron at Northolt at its formation on 2nd August.

On the 12th he made a belly-landing after a training flight. Gallus went to 3 Squadron at Turnhouse on 27th September 1940. He was posted to 316 Squadron at Pembrey on 27th March 1941, staying with it until 22nd October when he went to 87 Squadron at Colerne for night-flying training.

Gallus was attached to 317 Squadron at Exeter on 15th March 1942, moving on 5th April to 316 Squadron at Heston. He was awarded the KW (gazetted 3rd September 1942). Gallus claimed a Fw190 probably destroyed on 21st January 1943, received a Bar to the KW (gazetted 25th June 1943) and claimed a Me109 destroyed on 6th July.

On 26th August Gallus was rested from operations and became an air traffic controller in the Operations Room at 306 Squadron. He joined 302 Squadron at Deanland on 14th April 1944, going on after February 1945 to short postings with 639 and 595 Squadrons. Gallus was awarded the DFC (gazetted 26th May 1945), the VM (5th Class)(gazetted 1st June 1945) and went to 309 Squadron at Coltishall on 23rd August 1945.

He was released in 1948 as a Warrant Officer but his subsequent life is currently unknown.


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