It is with great sadness that I have to announce the death of Kazimierz Pakula at the age of 96 on Thursday 31st March 2016. He was born in February 1920 at Kamionna near Miedzychod, Poland - just five miles from the German border.
He fought in the September Campaign after which he was captured by the Russians but escaped and made his way to France via Hungary, Jugoslavia and Italy. When France capitulated, he escaped to Britain where he eventually trained as a navigator and flew 50 missions with 304 Squadron. He was awarded the Cross of Valour four times.
After the war, he attended the London School of Economics but then joined the Royal Air Force, serving in Africa, Aden (now Yemen) and Borneo until 1965.
He became a lecturer in Law and Economics until he was 70 years old.
RIP Kazimierz - you have earned it, along with the respect of all who knew you, served with you or had the privilege of researching your story.