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PWEI   
8 Sep 2011
UK, Ireland / Is moving to UK now a good idea? - antipolish prejudice of the Brits [231]

rozumiemnic
Funny you mention motoring offences Sid, my bf is currently 'at her majesty's pleasure' for that very thing

Good God! What did he do?! Getting banged up for motoring offences takes some real work these days. My cousin's paramour was recently up before the beak for dangerous driving while drunk and while disqualified (having been disqualified firstly for driving drunk and then having the disqualification extended for driving while disqualified). He got the disqualification extended again and 120 hours of community service.
PWEI   
8 Sep 2011
Law / Getting Married in Poland without a visa? [21]

a) If one is in Poland illegal, one can try to get married but one should expect to get caught while trying.
b) The fact that you don't know that marriages are registered on the gmina level but residency permits are applied for on the wojewodztwo level very much suggests that you have no idea what the hell you are talking about.
PWEI   
7 Sep 2011
Study / School of Polish for Foreigners at the University of Lodz [43]

I think that people who decide to live in Poland should know polish!

And I know that there are far better schools than yours (especially schools which don't assume that prospective clients are complete cretins).
PWEI   
7 Sep 2011
Work / Tri-city area - Companies that offer Jobs for English speakers? [23]

No, Boy, I am right and that fact is proven by the experiences of people who do actually live in Poland and do have experience of getting jobs here without speaking much Polish. Of course, given that you do not live here and have never got any kind of a job here, it's not really surprising that you are completely wrong about getting jobs in Poland and what Polish companies expect.
PWEI   
7 Sep 2011
News / Polish Students Striking in Lithuania [80]

Prove it!by providing examples of alleged discrimination.

Not allowing Lithuanians to use any Lithuanian surnames and first names which require Lithuanian characters would be the most obvious example. That and refusing to approve text books in Lithuanian for most subjects taught at the 'Lithuanian' schools in Poland.
PWEI   
7 Sep 2011
Work / Tri-city area - Companies that offer Jobs for English speakers? [23]

PennBoy
It's fully understandable that Polish companies in Poland expect people to speak Polish.

Yet again you are showing how little you know about Poland: none of the Polish companies which have employed me ever expected me to speak Polish.

Perhaps it might be best if you Americans stuck to talking about your own country and didn't try to lecture us about Poland.
PWEI   
7 Sep 2011
Real Estate / Poland's apartment prices continue to fall [1844]

Really a four stars hotel in London for 50£ per night you say?

Check Hotwire, they almost always have four-star hotels in London for under £50 per night.
PWEI   
7 Sep 2011
Real Estate / Poland's apartment prices continue to fall [1844]

LwowskaKrakow
in Poland a long term monthly rent equals to the price of 4 nights at a London or Paris B&B

Even in Warsaw 2000zl per month gets you a decent flat in the city centre. If you are stupid enough to spend £106 (i.e. 500zl) on a B&B in London when four-star hotels can be had for half that much, your advice about buying property might not be too valuable.
PWEI   
7 Sep 2011
Life / Buying or selling a laptop in Warsaw? [26]

I've never been ripped off there.

spandan21
PWEI, are you sure that i will get original branded laptops in that 2 underground passages.... is it walkable distance from central station....

Yes I'm sure you can and yes it is very walkable (ten minutes or so I guess), plus it is easy to get to (straight down one street).

Here's a link to the website of the market
wge.com.pl/
It's in Polish but you can use google translate on it.
PWEI   
7 Sep 2011
History / 'Battle of Britain' won thanks to Polish aces !! [158]

Ironside That guy said Polish Squadron are the best.......

Douglas Robert Steuart Bader

I wonder why you didn't finish the quote. Could it be because you know that the full statement was that the best AND worst pilots under his command during the BofB were the two Polish Squadrons? I wonder.

And let's not forget that according to Bader the pilots of 302 squadron were gay.
PWEI   
7 Sep 2011
Life / Buying or selling a laptop in Warsaw? [26]

Is there any computer shop in warsaw central station mall ???

Best place to look at the two underground passages on the corner of Aleja Niepodleglosci and Aleja Armii Ludowej (1km south of the central station). All the shops in Zloty Tarasy (the mall attached to Warsaw station) will be much more expensive.
PWEI   
6 Sep 2011
History / 'Battle of Britain' won thanks to Polish aces !! [158]

No, not at all. The Bf 109 was supposed to use a Junkers engine but there were problems with it and so the RR was used until those were ironed out. The Bf 109 had a better engine than either the Spitfire or the Hurricane (at least until Tilly's orifice was fitted to partly solve the negative G problems the RR had).

However the MiG 15 and MiG 17 most certainly did use an engine which was a direct copy of a Rolls Royce jet engine (the Nene I think).
PWEI   
6 Sep 2011
History / 'Battle of Britain' won thanks to Polish aces !! [158]

And another lie from you: there most certainly were Poles in the 19 Spitfire equipped squadrons, less than two thirds of the Poles who took part in the BoB flew in the two 'Polish' fighter squadrons which took part in the BoB. And as has already been pointed out: most Brits were also in Hurricanes.
PWEI   
6 Sep 2011
History / 'Battle of Britain' won thanks to Polish aces !! [158]

if this is to be believed, and there is paper source given, confirmed kills of 303 was 117, with best british 501 with 87 kills. (they were flying hurricanes until April '41).

It isn't to be believed: on one particular day 303 by itself claimed more kills that the Luftwaffe actually lost to every squadron in the RAF combined. So much for "the Poles were very strict with their pilots when it came to claims and their claims were all verified through German records."!

BTW the Czech guy flew in the Polish 303 squadron voluntarily (he was offered to fly in a Czech squadron but declined)

One reason may have been that 303 let him fly pretty much when and where he wanted. And as he was usually by himself, witnesses for his claims weren't always there.

Yes, I said that Harry,and stand by it,coming from an RAF family and having two uncles who fought in the Battle of Britain,both in Hurricanes ,one alongside two Polish lads in his RAF sqdrn,I stand by my statement.

One of grandfathers flew Spitfires and the other Wellingtons and then Liberators. I still place greater reliance in the words of somebody who was actually there at the time than I do the words of somebody who is just repeating tales they were told (and which were at best second-hand when told to them).
PWEI   
6 Sep 2011
History / 'Battle of Britain' won thanks to Polish aces !! [158]

RetroDog
first of your article about hurricanes is nice, well done, even eye watering, but also useless.

Fine then, here is a precise breakdown of the numbers of planes:
The RAF fighter total strength at 17 July 1940
675 Hawker Hurricanes (58%),
348 Spitfires (30%),
95 Bristol Blenheims (developed from the bomber) (8%),
39 Defiants (power operated turret two seat fighter) (3%),
9 Gladiators (single seat biplane fighter) (0.5%)
5 Westland Whirlwinds (twin engined single seat fighter) (0.5%)

d_hodgkinson.madasafish.com/hawker-Vspit.htm

A total of 1,715 Hurricanes flew with Fighter Command during the period of the Battle, far in excess of all other British fighters combined.

To quote the RAF website
raf.mod.uk/history/hawkerhurricane.cfm

The Hurricane was the principal fighter in the Battle of Britain, not the Spitfire as most people think. During the Battle of Britain there were 32 Squadrons with Hurricanes and only 19 Squadrons of Spitfires.

To quote the RAF Museum

rafmuseum.org.uk/london/learning/resources/Teachers%20Pack%201%20Spitfire%20and%20Hurricane.pdf.

On 8 August 1940, which is regarded officially as the opening date of the Battle of Britain, the RAF could call upon 32 squadrons of Hurricanes and 19 squadrons of Supermarine Spitfires.

fighter-planes.com/info/hurricane.htm

So, if your recollection is correct and Polish pilots were claiming that the majority of the British were flying Spitfires in the BoB, those Polish pilots are either were mistaken or were being at best economical with the truth.
PWEI   
6 Sep 2011
History / Chance of Lwów once again became coming part of Poland [344]

People like Palivec, PFEI and Nathan actively edit wiki before posting what they wrote as source.

Really? Do I? Could you be so kind as to either post a link to a post here where I quote from wikipedia and provide a link showing that part of the article which I quote was edited in the time between the post I was replying to and my post? Or is this yet another example of you simply lying about other posters just because when the truth is told you get your arse kicked by them each and every time?
PWEI   
6 Sep 2011
History / 'Battle of Britain' won thanks to Polish aces !! [158]

Exactly: read carefully. I said "They were indeed the highest claiming unit.", not "They were indeed the highest claiming unit which was equipped with Hurricanes."

BTW, you might want to be careful saying that 303 was only the fourth best but that it claimed the most: some Poles don't like people asking questions about the sacred 'facts' of Polish history.

RetroDog]anyway all RAF done great job at stopping luftwaffe

On that we all agree.
PWEI   
6 Sep 2011
Travel / Overstay in Poland (banned from entering Shengen for a few years?) [8]

I am hoping that if I am not banned on the way out, that they will catch me when I try to come back in and either make me fly back immediately or hold me in prison.

You are hugely unlikely to get put in prison.

I'd go with what Teflcat said: when you get to the airport report yourself for overstaying and ask them if they can let you off with just a one-year ban for overstaying.
PWEI   
6 Sep 2011
History / 'Battle of Britain' won thanks to Polish aces !! [158]

RetroDog]however I do believe (but I may be wrong) that at the moment 303 were allowed to fight, most britt divisions has had Spitfires.

You are indeed wrong: the majority of the RAF's squadrons during the BoB were equipped with Hurricanes. Which is why the Hurricane accounted for 55% of the Luftwaffe's losses. There is a decent article about the Hurricane and the BoB here if you are interested.

independent.co.uk/news/uk/this-britain/our-forgotten-freedom-fighter-why-the-unsung-hurricane-is-the-true-ace-of-the-battle-of-britain-2022105.html

RetroDog] But even if I'm wrong 303 was the best division using hurricanes

They were indeed the highest claiming unit.

RetroDog]See , insubordination save lives.

Sometimes it saves lives and at other times it costs them: 303's top scoring pilot (who wasn't actually Polish) died as a result of showing off to his girlfriend.
PWEI   
6 Sep 2011
History / 'Battle of Britain' won thanks to Polish aces !! [158]

apparently all spitfires used in BoB were bought privately

Got a source for that? As far as I know, many of the Spitfires used in the BoB were purchased with money which had been specifically donated by persons or organisations, but certainly not all.

do have memory of Polish pilots saying that that were flying Hurricane airplanes in BoB ( weren't they slower then Me109?) while most or part of british divisions were using Spitfires

No, most British units were also using Hurricanes. Yes the Hurricane was slower than the Me109 and the Spitfire, but it could out-turn both of them and absorb more punishment too.

Harry care to consider that fighter pilots (either Polish or otherwise) were a bit different lot to bomber air crews - one can easily imagine these guys were much more chivalrous -

One could suppose that, it seems very credible. But do we have any evidence or witness statements to support our supposition?

And, please note that the statement which is questioned by the article is "Poles were very popular with the women of the UK and had a reputation as lotharios :)", not 'Polish fighter pilots were ....'
PWEI   
6 Sep 2011
History / 'Battle of Britain' won thanks to Polish aces !! [158]

most logical conclusion: there were not many fighter pilots there and most probably none of those who fought in the Battle of Britain

So you are reading into the article things which the article does not say. OK.

However the article was posted in reply to the statement that "Poles were very popular with the women of the UK and had a reputation as lotharios :)" It very much casts doubt on that particular claim. And it seems from comments posted here that some Poles are very much attached to that particular claim and don't like people to address the historical accuracy of it (just as they don't like people looking at the historical accuracy of other 'facts' from the Polish version of history).
PWEI   
6 Sep 2011
History / 'Battle of Britain' won thanks to Polish aces !! [158]

actually Harry if you read the article more carefully it transpires that the events described did not happen during the Battle of Britain and also no Polish fighter pilots were involved

a) Where did I say it happened during the BoB or that Polish fighter pilots were involved?
b) In that article there are no dates at all, all we know is that it was before December 1941.
c) The article refers to them as Poles and makes no comment as to whether they were fighter pilots or not (although they were allegedly 'fighting me').

The statement which I was replying to was "Poles were very popular with the women of the UK and had a reputation as lotharios :)" No mention there about the BoB or Polish fighter pilots.
PWEI   
6 Sep 2011
History / 'Battle of Britain' won thanks to Polish aces !! [158]

Grzegorz
You were desperately trying to find something negative about Polish soldiers in the UK

If that was the aim, I would have clearly failed: the article is about Polish airmen.

Grzegorz
after long time spent on googling,

Please don't lie: I didn't spend any time at all googling, this article has already been posted on PF.
PWEI   
6 Sep 2011
History / 'Battle of Britain' won thanks to Polish aces !! [158]

Largely because she didn't. My grandmother did and she doesn't recall being particularly impressed or unimpressed with the Poles that she met then.

Interesting that instead of making any attempt to discuss the facts as presented, you instead try to make ad hom remarks. That is usually a very good sign that somebody knows that they have lost the argument.
PWEI   
6 Sep 2011
History / 'Battle of Britain' won thanks to Polish aces !! [158]

Poles were very popular with the women of the UK and had a reputation as lotharios :)

Yes, that is the line which is repeated ad nauseam these days. Unfortunately, women who were actually there then and met Poles tell it somewhat differently:

The polish Squadron were more animals that human, even our male counterparts complained with disgust at their habits, especially the A.G.M General duties cleaner etc. Toilets were filthy, the huts the same, they peed out of the windows etc, but the worst was yet to come. Several WAAF had been attacked and raped, none in the MT section, but it was scary and the girls were scared to go anywhere. The girls in the MT section had to. Our section was away a long way from our billets and the shortest way was a field path mostly we went in two's etc but we knew there would be times when we'd finish late and therefore a lone walk home. I carried a short tyre iron in my wellie, and fully intended to use it if necessary. Unfortunately it became necessary as I was attacked on my way back to the billet after an extended duty. I finished that night about 9pm instead of 8pm and was really tired so I had to walk back, on the way two drunken yobbish poles came out of nowhere and had a go, one behind grabbed me and I went forward knowing that he was drunk to try and put him off balance, and a sharp elbow helped. As I went forward my right arm was still pinned so I reached over and managed to grab the tyre iron with my left hand, as the other one rushed forward I lifted it outwards and hit him on the side of the head, the other one let go and staggered backwards and I took off.

bbc/ww2peopleswar/stories/91/a4529991.shtml