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 !!!