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Eugeniusz Horbaczewski (1917–1944), fighter pilot, served in Squadron 302 (1942) and 303 (1941). In 1943 he volunteered to join the Polish Fighter Team (“Skalski’s Circus”), operating from March in Tunisia. In the same year, as one of only few foreigners, he took command of the British RAF Fighter Squadron 43 — he is one of three Poles commanding a British squadron. With this squadron he took part in fights in Italy. In 1944 he took command of “Dębliński” Fighter Squadron 315. On August 18, 1944 11 pilots of “Dębliński” Fighter Squadron 315 commanded by captain Horbaczewski achieved the biggest, in terms of numbers, victory of a single Polish squadron in the period of World War II. 16 German airplanes were shot down for sure, another one was probably shot down, three more were damaged. The aerial battle in the area of Beauvais (France) was fought by 12 Polish Mustangs and 60 German Fw 190. All pilots apart from the commander — captain pilot Eugeniusz Horbaczewski, called “Dziubek” by his colleagues — returned to their home airport. The wreck of the airplane together with the remains of Horbaczewski was found in the area of Valennes only in 1947. He was buried at Creil cemetery in France.

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