My father was Jan Bak but was given an alias ( BARONEK ) he was initially in the French Foreign Legion then the German Army and finally with the Orp Blyskawica 1943 - 1947 . His parents were originally from Byslaw in Poland but met in Oberhausen Germany , where my father was born ; after WWI. They moved to France in 1925 where my father was raised , when the Germans invaded France my father joined the Foreign Legion .The Germans ran the Legion and asked for all the German born men to enlist in the German Army , my father being one !
They were to form a battalion that were to be sent to the Russian Front , fortunately my fathers plane was diverted on its way and he was sent to North Africa to join Rommel . After 3 months Rommel was defeated and my father was taken prisoner 9th MAY 1943. He was sent to England to an internment camp , the Radar was invented and an Admiral from the Polish Navy visited wanting men who could speak Polish , my father could ! He was given an alias and sent to Glasgow where he learned the Radar Techniques and thus joined the ORP BLYSKAWICA !!!He demobbed in Rosythe Scotland after the war and went to live in Mansfield along with 4 ship mates , he was the last of them to die 18th August 2017 aged 87 . He was easy recognisable on photographs as he wore his cap to one side , something he was often told off about !!!
Details of the crew of ORP Bkyskawica can be found in a little book by Wanda Troman 'ORP Blyskawica of Cowes and Gydinia; Work, War and Friendship'. This is available from the friends of the Blyskawica Society, email email@example.com. There is a full listing of the crew when the ship left Gdynia during Operation Peking and I don't see your grandfather on it but he could have joined the crew later. You could check his service record, available from the Ministry of Defence UK, or try Margaret Prior at the Society.
Nie znam angielskigo ale mój dziadek Kazimierz Płoszaj pływał na ORP Błyskawica do lata 1939r. był celowniczym. W domu zachowało się kilka zdjęć i książeczka wojskowa ale przepisana przez LWP.
Kazimierz Płoszaj, my grandfather, sailed on ORP Błyskawica until summer 1939. He was target commander. In the house there are some pictures and a military book issued by the Polish People's Army.
I am trying to confirm whether my Father-in-Law was a member of ORP Blyskawica crew in 1942 when in sailed into Cowes Isle Of Wight. His name was Antoni Jozep Kazemierz Werner. We have no information about him, where he was born etc. only he stayed on in cowes a married a local lady. He sadly passed away in 1982 up until now I have drawn a blank in trying trace him.
Can anyone remember him any information would be great.