The grave of Stanisław Płonczyński

Stare Powązki Cemetery, Plot: 60 Row: IV Grave: 27
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Stare Powązki Cemetery, Plot: 60 Row: IV Grave: 27

Plot: 60 Row: IV Grave: 27

After some initial setbacks his experience with aviation started in 1921 in Lower Pilot School in Bydgoszcz. In 1930 he was a member of the first Polish team competing in International Tourist Plane Competition. He participated in the competition in 1934 in a RWD-9 airplane together with mechanic Stanisław Ziętek. He took the second place, right behind Jerzy Bajan. In 1938 Stanisław Płonczyński as the first Pole in history exceed the threshold of a million kilometres in Polish transport aviation.

Stanisław Płonczyński flew a total of 3.5 million kilometres, spending 14.580 hours in air. He was awarded for his merits many times. He received, among others, Officer’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, Golden Badge of Airborne and Antigas Defence League, Greek 1st Class Golden Cross of Phoenix, English War Medal 1939–1945. Stanisław Płonczyński died as a result of injuries from a tram accident on March 8, 1974.

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