St. Catherine of Alexandria Church — Plaques commemorating aviators

Fosa street 17


Fosa street 17

In St. Catherine of Alexandria parish in the district of Służew in Warsaw at Fosa 17 two plaques commemorating Polish aviators have been unveiled:

Plaque commemorating lieutenant-colonel Jan Zumbach

Jan Zumbach (1915–1986) — lieutenant colonel, qualified pilot of the Polish Army, lieutenant

colonel of Royal Air Force (RAF), fighter ace in Polish Air Forces in the West. Awarded with the

Virtuti Militari medal and four times with the Cross of Valour and twice with the British

Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC with Bar).

According to official data, during the whole World War II Jan Zumbach shot down 12 and 1/3 planes and probably 5 more, he also damaged one enemy plane.

After demobilization in October 1946 he left the military and settled down in Switzerland. He lived the life of an adventurer, smuggler and fought as a mercenary in Africa.

Jan Zumbach died on January 3, 1986 in France, at the age of 70, under unclear circumstances. His ashes were brought to Poland and buried at the Military Cemetery in Powązki in Warsaw.

At the end of 1960’s and the beginning of 1970’s he wrote a book titled Ostatnia walka (The last fight) published in four languages: German, French, English and Polish.

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