Battle of Britain veteran Franciszek Kornicki reunited with spitfire at RAF Northolt

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    #1 v2, Sep 24, 2010
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    A BATTLE of Britain hero was reunited with the Second World War plane he had flown at a special ceremony in Northolt last week.

    Squadron Leader Franciszek Kornicki, now 93-years-old, once again laid eyes on his old Spitfire plane after it flew in specially to RAF Northolt on Friday, at 4.30pm.

    The reunion was supported by Hillingdon Council as part of a series of events to mark 70 years since the Battle of Britain.

    Cllr Ray Puddifoot, leader of the council, said: "This is a great occasion to reunite a Battle of Britain airman with the original plane he flew in the Second World War.

    "I don't think this can happen very often. We are immensely proud of the role that the Polish Air Force played in the Battle of Britain and we are very pleased we can be part of this celebration today."

    Squadron Leader Kornicki added: "It is absolutely wonderful to be reunited with my plane. This is a wonderful bird to fly, which I first flew in 1942. It brings back lots of memories and everything comes alive again from so many years ago."

    source: The Hillingdon Times
     

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    that is truly amazing! the chance to reunite a flier with his ac from that era....wow!
     
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    That's what I vcall a magical moment. Are there any other photos available? :)
     
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    Brilliant ! He certainly doesn't look 93 either !
     
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    #6 tail end charlie, Sep 24, 2010
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    I dont know what the old gent did with his life but what an experience that must have been. I mean what do you say to the guy? He was there in that plane, who else can say that?

    perhaps he could have said this (Churchills "the few" speech was inspired by Shakespeare), Crispins day is October 25th, thats close enough I think.

    That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
    Let him depart; his passport shall be made,
    And crowns for convoy put into his purse;
    We would not die in that man's company
    That fears his fellowship to die with us.
    This day is call'd the feast of Crispian.
    He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
    Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam'd,
    And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
    He that shall live this day, and see old age,
    Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
    And say 'To-morrow is Saint Crispian.'
    Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
    And say 'These wounds I had on Crispian's day.'
    Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
    But he'll remember, with advantages,

    This story shall the good man teach his son;
    And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
    From this day to the ending of the world,
    But we in it shall be rememberèd;
    We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
    For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
    Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile
    This day shall gentle his condition:
    And gentlemen in England, now a-bed
    Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
    And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
    That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.
     
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    That's just fricken cool as hell!
     
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    Great story. Two old warriors looking very young.
     
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    That is fantastic!
     
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    BBC - Kent - People - Poles in Kent: Déja Vu
     
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    What a great story!
     
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    The Spitfire is Mk Vb AB931 PK*C usually flown by F/O Miksa. No decals that I know of but it is one of four options from Montex Decals Mask D4801.

    Autobiography published by Mushroom Model Publications, 2008 I think. English and Polish language versions.
     

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