- A unique and detailed insight of a fighter pilot who became the first Allied ace
- The first time that the subject has been covered in English
- Superbly illustrated with striking and unpublished photographs
Skalski Against all Odds: The First Allied Ace of the Second World War provides a gripping and detailed account on the career of General Stanislaw Skalski, the leading Polish fighter ace. Skalski gallantly served from the first day of the Second World War and became the first ace of the conflict. He continued to serve through the Battle of Britain, English Channel offensive, Tunisian and Italian campaigns as well as the Normandy landings.
Skalski finished the war on staff positions. Returning to communist Poland, he was duly arrested on charges of spying on behalf of Great Britain and sentenced to death. However, he was not executed and after spending eight years in prison, Skalski continued to serve his country by flying the MiG-15 jet fighter. He continued his service behind a desk and following retirement, was involved in popularising aviation as well as politics. Skalski’s incredible story is based on official documentation, many published for the first time.
Franciszek Grabowski is a researcher of Polish aviation with a number of articles published. He puts an emphasis on the wartime and post-war activities of Polish airmen, including various covert and intelligence actions. Skalski Against All Odds: The First Allied Ace of the Second World War is his first book for Fonthill Media.
234 x 156 mm - hardback - 208 pages - 29 black-and-white photographs