Albin Rydzewski
Flying Officer
Polish Airforce (1942-1946)

January 20,1912----August 3, 1973
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                                                         ALBIN RYDZEWSKI'S MILITARY RECORD

Born on January 20, 1912 in Chodorowka Nowa (North Eastern Poland)

Attended public schools in Suchowla.  Transferred in 1932 to the Gymnasium St. Kazimierz in Nowa Wilejka (outside Wilno-today it is called Vilnius, Lithuania).  There, in 1933, Albin received his first military training under the supervision of the 85th Pulk Piechoty (85th Infantry).  Albin graduated from Gymnasium in 1935.

Was drafted (mandatory) into the 85th Pulk Piechoty                                                                                                                             4/3/37-8/5/38

Was mobilized to defend the City of Lwow                                                                                                                                                          9/1/39

Defeated by the German Army and disarmed by the Russian Army                                                                                                                  9/21/39

Captured by the Russian Army as he was walking back home                                                                                                                         9/22/39

Taken to various Labor Camps:  Zaporoze, Siewzeldorlog-Komi, building railways in the Siberian Tundra                                         9/23/39-7/17/41

Was freed under the Polish-Soviet Agreement Amnesty                                                                                                                                   7/17/41

Joined General Ander's Army and was posted to the newly formed14th Regiment, 5th Division in Tatiszczewo. 
While there, he was posted to the Signal Corp to undergo Wireless Operator training                                                                       7/18/41-8/14/42

Crossed the Soviet-Iranian border and thereby falling under British Command                                                                                   8/15/42-1/23/43

Arrived in Blackpool, England-thru fast track Basra, Bombay, South Africa, Liverpool                                                                                      3/31/43

Posted to Deputy Inspectorate General of PAF-RAF Station, Blackpool                                                                                                          4/11/43

Posted to the Polish Air Crew Center, RAF Station, Hucknall                                                                                                                           4/19/43

Posted to Initial Training Wing, RAF Station, Brighton                                                                                                                                      8/14/43

Posted to the No. 25 Polish Elementary Flying Training School RAF, Hucknall                                                                                              12/20/43

Posted to the No.16 Polish Secondary Training School RAF, Newton                                                                                                              3/20/44

Posted to Headquarters of No. 70 Group                                                                                                                                                       10/26/44

Posted to the 577th Squadron RAF at Castle Bromwich                                                                                                                                 10/27/44

Posted to No. 10 Operational Training Unit at the RAF Station, Abingdon                                                                                                       3/13/45

Posted to the Polish 300th Squadron PAF at Faldingworth                                                                                                                                6/1/45

Due to a gradual demobilization of the Polish Forces under British Command, was commisioned to
the Polish Resettlement Corp (PRC)                                                                                                                                                              12/12/46

PRC RAF Station Skipton on Swale                                                                                                                                                                    3/1/47

PRC RAF Castle Combe                                                                                                                                                                  11/14/47-12/12/48

*NOTE:  While Albin was in the "PRC", he took advanced English and Electronic Courses



Commissioned to rank of Pilot Officer                                                                                                                                                               12/1/44

Promoted to Flying Officer                                                                                                                                                                                  6/1/45

Last Flying Mission                                                                                                                                                                                         10/24/46

RAF Exit Interview                                                                                                                                                                                             5/14/47

NOTE:  Albin Rydzewski was a quite well mannered Officer of good character and of good general education. 
He was of value to the Royal Air Force, but expressed no desire to remain in the service.


Commission Parchment-Signed by King George VI of England                                                                                                       December 1, 1944

85 Pulk Piechoty Unit Medal


France and Germany Star

Defence Medal

War Medal 1939-1945

Polish Air Force Ribbon

Polish Air Force-Exile Medal

Listed under:  Index Represjonowanych Osrodek Karta

Albin Rydzewski decided not to return to Poland.  He became a UK citizen in 1951.  Worked for DECCA-RADAR as an Engineer until his automobile accident on August 3, 1973.

NOTE:  Information on this page was researched and provided by Walter Ryder, Albin Rydzewski's son.

Anyone with information or who might have served with Albin Rydzewski, please contact Walter Ryder: