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NorrisMcWhirter
07-02-2005, 11:49 AM
Hi,

I followed UK Brisca F1 Stock cars (http://www.brisca.com/) up [think something like US stock cars but with full contact racing rather than namby pamby 'rubbing'] until about 1990 but recently happened upon some information regarding one of the pioneering drivers in the 1950s by the name of Jerzy Wojtowicz.

From "http://speedwayroyale.homestead.com/Stockcar2.html"


One of the special starters was the then current [1955] World Stockcar champion Polish driver, Jerzy Wojtowicz ( surname pronounced Vootaiviss). He was an ex World War II fighter pilot who had won the Polish equivalent of the V.C and also won the Cross of Valor with two bars. He then became a bomber pilot with the famous International Squadron. Jerzy was also an International Soccer player.


Apparently, Jerzy also used to perform 'drops' of arms and equipment, over occupied Poland, for the resistance with one minor problem in that the aircraft used didn't have sufficient range for the round trip meaning Jerzy would have to bale out and make it back to Britain by boat or other means! It was for these missions that I believe he won his medals.

Anyone have any more information on Jerzy during the war? I know what he did afterwards but would be interested to find out anything about his flying activities.

Ta,
Norris

Low_Flyer_MkII
07-02-2005, 12:00 PM
Might be worth alook here.
http://www.geocities.com/skrzydla/
A fascinating site (in English) commemorating Polish airmen in R.A.F. service.

LStarosta
07-02-2005, 03:13 PM
LOL, that's not how it's pronounced. It's pronounced Voy-tov-itch, more or less. And it's hard to phonetically describe his first name, so I won't even try. I'll just tell you it's not pronounced like "Jersey" LOL! Nice shot though! No offense, I find it hilarious when foreigners try to pronounce Polish words or names. They usually tend to forget that W's are like V's, J's are like Y's, and that there are certain Polish letters that look like Latin characters, but due to an accent mark or a different such mark, they are completely different letters and are pronounced differently. Sometimes if something is written without these Polish letters, the regular Latin characters are substituted in and one has to more or less guess or know from context or experience what a word actually is.

From all the languages I've studied/known/looked at, Polish by far seems to be the most difficult. I haven't seen one language that "conjugates" nouns, for instance.

MS_Siwarrior
07-02-2005, 06:32 PM
No offence but,
Stock Cars ...pffft
Aussie V8s rock http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/mockface.gif

LStarosta
07-02-2005, 06:55 PM
Originally posted by MS_Siwarrior:
No offence but,
Stock Cars ...pffft
Aussie V8s rock http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/mockface.gif

I bet that's what Jerzy thought after those runs over Poland with bailouts because the God d@mned Russians wouldn't let any aid-planes land to refuel on Russian territory, only bombers bombing Germany. In any case, many Polish and probably even more importantly, BRITISH pilots flew these missions and either bailed out or landed on Russian airfields despite being fired upon not only by Germans but by Russians as well.

NorrisMcWhirter
07-03-2005, 06:47 AM
Originally posted by MS_Siwarrior:
No offence but,
Stock Cars ...pffft
Aussie V8s rock http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/mockface.gif

These are V8s - 7 or 8 litres http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif Full contact i.e. car in front is going slower, you can shove them out of the way. No procession racing here http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Ta,
Norris

PS: Thanks low flyer..he doesn't appear to be listed in their information so I'll have to look up Polish medal winners instead. Thanks again, though.

Low_Flyer_MkII
07-03-2005, 06:59 AM
PS: Thanks low flyer..he doesn't appear to be listed in their information so I'll have to look up Polish medal winners instead. Thanks again, though.[/QUOTE]

It was the link in LStarosta's sig that led me there - nice site about these often overlooked men.