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Photograph of Tadeusz Felc

  • Tadeusz Felc, Polish Spitfire Pilot
  • Tadeusz Felc, Polish Spitfire Pilot

Flight Lieutenant Felc was a member of 317 Polish Fighter Squadron and was attached to the RAF. Felc was shot down over France on 26th July 1943, by Focke-Wulf 190s of the Jagdgeschwader 26 Schlageter (a Luftwaffe fighter group) while escorting Boston bombers to Lille. He was captured by the Germans and taken to the prisoner of war camp Stalag Luft III. He was present during the time of the famous ‘Great Escape’ and assisted in depositing soil from the tunnels Tom, Dick and Harry.

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As a prisoner of war Felc kept himself busy by gardening and reading many books on English history and economics. By the end of the war, many prisoners were actually in better health than the camp guards and even gave them food. 

Tadeusz was liberated in May 1945. He went back to Cumbria to the Carlisle girl he had married three weeks before he was shot down. Tadeusz settled in the area and worked at Fergusons textile mill at Holme Head in Denton Holme.

Please click HERE to view a short film about Flight Lieutenant Felc, made by Ryan Bil.

Key facts: 
  • Tadeusz Felc was a Polish Spitfire Pilot in the RAF during World War Two (1939-1945)
  • In 1943, his plane was shot down by the German Luftwaffe, and he was captured by the Germans in France
  • Felc spent the rest of the war in a prisoner of war camp called Stalag Luft III, until he was released in May 1945
  • Felc returned to Cumbria, where he settled down with his Cumbrian wife, who he had married in 1943. He worked at Ferguson's textile mill in Denton Holme

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