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Stefan Janus began his career as a fighter pilot March 19, 1938 in the Polish Airforce but was captured by the Germans and interned. Having escaped internment he made his way to France and along with a group of other Polish pilots sailed to Britain to continue their fight.Posted to 308 squadron in May 1941 as a Flight Lieutenant he claimed three aerial victories and two on the ground. On 9 November he took command of 315 Squadron. Following a mid air collision over France with another Spitfire on January 1943 he had to bale out, becoming a POW for the rest of the war. He was awarded the DFC and DSO with a total of 6 aircraft destroyed, 1 damaged and 2 on the ground. After the war Stefan returned to Britain
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settling in Ipswich. He died on 11 November 1978. 315 Squadron claims during the war amounted to 86 confirmed victories, 18 probable, and 26 damaged.".....All I know is that fighting beside the Royal Air Force all through the war has been a gallant band of Polish airmen—the Polish Air Force. The crucible of war has fused those two forces—the Royal Air Force and the Polish Air Force— together. We have been comrades in arms and we shall remain comrades in peace."- Air Chief Marshall. Sir Sholto Douglas in October 1945 during visit to Warsaw.315 Squadron Badge