Of all the Polish aces, Jakub Bargiełowski was the last to open his score. Captured by the Soviets in 1939, he suffered the horrors of Stalin’s Gulags until released in mid-1941 following the German invasion of the USSR. Bargiełowski then came to Britain, and following conversion training, was posted to No 315 Sqn. He was subsequently credited with all five of his victories whilst flying with this unit in 1944. The following year he transferred to No 303 Sqn, where he remained until the unit’s disbandment.

Photo & Caption featured in Osprey Aircraft of The Aces 21: Polish Aces of World War 2 by Robert Gretzyngier and Wojtek Matusiak.