Bohdan Arct : biography
Bohdan Arct (b. 27 May 1914 in Warsaw – 14 May 1973 in Siedlce, Poland) was a Polish fighter pilot of the Polish Air Force in World War II, and writer.
Until the fall of Poland at the beginning of World War II Arct fought in the Polish armed forces. He escaped to France and served as a flight instructor in North Africa. After the French capitulation, he flew to Great Britain and became a fighter pilot at the beginning of 1941, attending 61 OTU, and then No. 306 Squadron in October 1941.
During mid 1943 he flew missions in North Africa with The Polish Fighting Team attached to No. 145 Squadron. He claimed one Bf 109, one 'probable, and two damaged at this time. In July 1943 he returned to No. 306 as a flight commander, and in August was posted to No. 303 Squadron, claiming a FW-190 on 17 August.
In June 1944 he took command of the Polish No. 316 Squadron. He shot down 2 V-1 flying bombs in mid 1944, and a Bf 109 on 14 August 1944. On 6 September 1944 he was forced to bail out over the Netherlands due to his Mustang suffering engine failure. He was interned as a prisoner of war in the German town of Barth.Those Other Eagles, Shores , 2004, page 24
After his release from internment in 1945 he returned to England. In 1947 he moved with his English wife Beryl and daughter to Communist Poland - Wrocław, Warsaw and finally Dobrzanów, where he joined his mother. Like many other Poles who had fought in the armed forces of the Western Allies, he suffered repression from the new (Moscow-controlled) government of the People's Republic of Poland until 1956.
Between 1944 and 1973 he wrote forty four books, mostly on wartime aviation, including his memoirs, with four million copies sold overall. Bohdan Arct died suddenly in 1973 at the age of 59.
His most important book is considered to be Kamikadze – Boski Wiatr, a novel about a Kamikaze pilot .
- W pogoni za Luftwaffe (1946)
- Messerschmitty w słońcu (1947)
- Cyrk Skalskiego (1957)
- W pościgu za V-1 (1957)
- Wielki dzien dywizjonu 303 (1957)
- W podniebnej chwale (1958)
- Rycerze biało-czerwonej szachownicy
- Cena życia (1964)
- Kamikadze – Boski Wiatr
- Skrzydła nad Warszawą (1964)
- Polacy w bitwie o Anglie (1967)
- Polacy w walce z bronią V (1972)
- Niebo w ogniu (1970)
- Alarm w Saint Omer (1971)
- Obce niebo (1971)
- Jeniec wojenny
60px Virtuti Militari, Silver Cross 60px Krzyż Walecznych (Cross of Valour), four times
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