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Minjin
08-11-2004, 03:00 AM
I don't know if this has been posted before or not, but I thought a few of you at least would get something from it. From the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum:


Pilot Officer Mynarski was the mid-upper gunner of a Lancaster aircraft, detailed to attack a target at Cambrai, France, on the night of 12th June 1944. The aircraft was attacked from below and astern by enemy fighter and ultimately came down in flames. As an immediate result of the attack, both port engines failed. Fire broke out between the mid-upper turret and the rear turret, as well as in the port wing. The flames soon became fierce and the captain ordered the crew to abandon the aircraft.
Pilot Officer Mynarski left his turret and went towards the escape hatch. He then saw that the rear gunner was still in his turret and apparently unable to leave it. The turret was, in fact, immovable, since the hydraulic gear had been put out of action when the port engines failed, and the manual gear had been broken by the gunner in his attempts to escape. Without hesitation, Pilot Officer Mynarski made his way through the flames in an effort to reach the rear turret and release the gunner. Whilst so doing, his parachute and clothing, up to the waist, were set on fire. All his efforts to move the turret and free the gunner were in vain.

Eventually the rear gunner clearly indicated to him that there was nothing more he could do and that he should try to save his own life. Pilot Officer Mynarski reluctantly went back through the flames to the escape hatch. There, as a last gesture to the trapped gunner, he turned towards him, stood at attention in his flaming clothing and saluted, before he jumped out of the aircraft. Pilot Officer Mynarski's descent was seen by French people on the ground. Both his parachute and clothing were on fire. He was found eventually by the French, but was so severely burned that he died from his injuries.

The rear gunner had a miraculous escape when the aircraft crashed. He subsequently testified that, had Pilot Officer Mynarski not attempted to save his comrade's life, he could have left the aircraft in safety and would, doubtless, have escaped death. Pilot Officer Mynarski must have been fully aware that, in trying to free the rear gunner, he was almost certain to lose his own life. Despite this, with outstanding courage and complete disregard for his own safety, he went to the rescue. Willingly accepting the danger, Pilot Officer Mynarski lost his life by a most conspicuous act of heroism which called for valour of the highest order."

Pat Brophy, the rear gunner, later said, "I'll always believe that a divine providence intervened to save me because of what I had seen, so that the world might know of a gallant man who laid down his life for a friend."

Joshisonfire
08-11-2004, 05:08 AM
I attended Andrew Mynarski Junior High School when I was young. Yeah sorry, just wanted to say that.

garoco
08-11-2004, 05:35 AM
RIP P/O Mynarski :(

oldsoak
08-11-2004, 07:23 AM
Wasnt the lancaster that they've got flying in Canada painted in the codes for Mynarskis machine ? Brave bloke.

Herrmannek
08-11-2004, 07:25 AM
Is he was polish origins?

Kitsune
08-11-2004, 08:03 AM
@Hermmannek:

Even if, nobody is perfect. And it would not be his fault anyway.




p-)

Herrmannek
08-11-2004, 08:56 AM
@Hermmannek:

Even if, nobody is perfect. And it would not be his fault anyway.




p-)

not everyone can be full Pole :)

Minjin
08-11-2004, 03:31 PM
Wasnt the lancaster that they've got flying in Canada painted in the codes for Mynarskis machine ? Brave bloke.

The flying Lanc in Hamilton is painted in the colors of Mynarski's plane. There is another Lancaster in southern Alberta that is not in flyable condition as well. Maybe some day it will once again take to the skies.