Pilot reunited with Spitfire he baled out of in 1943

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  1. Colin1

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    Nice piece
    stolen from a colleague's newspaper at work
     

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    Great story!
     
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    An Old man reunits his old plane.
    I can't read this kind of good story with no tears.
    Fantastic and thanks for sharing, Colin1:salute:
     
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    Good story, thanks for sharing.
     
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    Great read.
     
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    A fascinating tale. Thanks for sharing it.
     
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    Very nice!

    That must have been an incredible feeling for him.
     
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    Great find, Colin, thanks for posting it!
     
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    Great read.
    Since the pilot is now 90 it is almost unbelievable that he was found for the story.


    Wheelsup
     
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    Great work Colin!:D
     
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    Nice story, thanks for sharing.
     
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    That's great to see.
     
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    #16 antoni, Jun 3, 2009
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    The correct spelling is Kuryłłowicz (and should not be confused with Kuryłowicz which is a different name). He was shot down 13th May 1943 on Ramrod 71. According to the book 315 Squadon it was coded PK*A at that time. BS410, then coded PK*E, was the Spitfire in which Francis Gabreski made his first operational sortie with 315 Squadron, Circus 252 on 21st January 1943. The wartime (black-and-white) photograph of Gabreski was probably taken on that date after the sortie.

    THere is very little of the original Spitfire in the restoration and it is being built as a two-seater.
     
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    I am wondering what shape the plane was in before the restoration was started. It would be interesting to see the before and after pics.
     
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    It crashed from 25,000 to 20,000 ft.
     

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