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Wacław Łapkowski

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Years of service  1934-1941
Rank  Major
Born  6 November 1913 Daugavpils, Russian Empire (1913-11-06)
Allegiance  Poland  France  United Kingdom
Service/branch  Polish Air Force  France Armée de l'Air  Royal Air Force
Commands held  Polish 112th Fighter Escadrille No. 303 Polish Fighter Squadron
Battles/wars  Polish Defensive War, World War II
Awards  Virtuti Militari; Cross of Valour
Died  2 July 1941, English Channel
Battles and wars  Invasion of Poland, World War II
Units  Polish 112th Fighter Escadrille, No. 303 Polish Fighter Squadron

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Wacław Łapkowski was a Polish fighter ace of the Polish Air Force in World War II with 6 confirmed kills and one shared.



Łapkowski graduated from Polish Air Force Academy in Deblin in 1934. On 15 August 1934 he was named second lieutenant (podporucznik) and assigned to the Polish 112th Fighter Escadrille. During the Invasion of Poland, on 6 September 1939 he took command of his unit after Stefan Okrzeja died. On 9 September he shot down a He 111. After the September Campaign he was evacuated to France where he was posted to the Opulski section in Romorantin. After the Battle of France, Łapkowski arrived in the UK. On 3 August 1940 he was ordered to the No. 303 Polish Fighter Squadron and took part in the Battle of Britain. On 5 September he downed a Ju 88 but his plane was damaged, Łapkowski wounded, jumped with a parachute. On 5 May 1941 he became commander of his squadron. On 2 July 1941, No. 303, engaged some 60 Bf 109s over Lille. Łapkowski was killed over the English Channel. His body washed up on shore.

Łapkowski was buried in Lombardsijde, Belgium.

Aerial victory credits

  • 1/3 He 111 - 6 September 1939
  • He 111 - 9 September 1939
  • Ju 88 - 5 September 1940
  • Me 109 - 4 June 1941 (damaged)
  • Me 109 - 18 June 1941
  • 2 x Me 109 - 22 June 1941
  • Me 109 - 24 June 1941
  • Awards

    Virtuti Militari, Silver Cross
    Cross of Valour (Poland), four times


    Wacław Łapkowski Wikipedia

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