Author Topic: Eugenia Zagajewska, Polish WAAF  (Read 1417 times)

Offline The Yokel

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Re: Eugenia Zagajewska, Polish WAAF
« Reply #9 on: Wednesday 27 March 13 22:33 GMT (UK) »
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Re: Eugenia Zagajewska, Polish WAAF
« Reply #10 on: Sunday 31 March 13 19:46 BST (UK) »
Just for the record and general interest -

Eugenia was born on 7th September 1924 in Ostrów, Sokal, Lwów. Poland. I have no details of her early life in Poland other than she was forced to flee her homeland in 1939 when Poland was occupied by Germany and subsequently jointly by Russia. She would have initially fled to France and subsequently, with the German occupation of that country in 1940, to England where, possibly c.1942 she enlisted in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force attached to the Polish Air Force. She qualified with the equivalent rank of Leading Aircraftwoman and was posted as a Lady Secretary to the Technical Training Command at the Polish Air Force Headquarters in London. At some time during her service she met and became engaged to a Polish navy man, Wledzyslaw Silzewski, Who had been temporarily released from naval service to study at the Polish Naval College at Bridge of Allan near Stirling, Scotland.

No further information until April 1946 when it appears that Eugenia and her Fiancée spent the Easter holiday period with some friends on the Norfolk Broads. Wladzislaw had a metal canoe that he had previously borrowed from two Polish airmen from Coltishall aerodrome and had used on previous occasions; it was made from the auxiliary petrol tank of an aircraft. However they were canoeing on the River Bure when the boat was seen to capsize and sink, a witness said the boat capsized when Wladzislaw leaned forward towards Eugenia. Ada Llusarek, A WAAF friend of Eugenia and cousin of Wladzislaw, said that Eugenia was clinging to her cousin in such a manner that he could not move because of the mud at the bottom of the six feet of water and he was so exhausted he could not reach the rope that another witness had thrown out to him, consequently he succumbed to exhaustion and they both drowned.

Tony                                   

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Re: Eugenia Zagajewska, Polish WAAF
« Reply #11 on: Monday 12 March 18 21:32 GMT (UK) »
Yokel

Thanks for your assistance, a gold star, you made this case easier than most of the others.

My best wishes,

Tony

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Re: Eugenia Zagajewska, Polish WAAF
« Reply #12 on: Monday 12 March 18 21:34 GMT (UK) »
Recently discovered Eugenia Zagajewska was my Aunt