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Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX, EN315, “ZX-6” of No. 145 Fighter Squadron RAF, Polish Fighter Team. Libya, spring 1943. The aircraft is piloted by Sqn/Ldr Stanislaw Skalski.
The Polish Fighting Team (PFT), popularly called “Skalski’s Circus”, was made up of fifteen of the best Polish fighter pilots under the command of Sqn/Ldr Skalski. They operated in the Western Desert between March and May 1943 as the extra “C” flight of No. 145 Squadron RAF. The unit received the individual code numbers 1 to 9 instead of the regulatory letters and operated the Spitfires Mk. IX, at the time newly arrived in Africa. During the two months of their tour, the Polish pilots had claimed a total of 26 German and Italian planes destroyed. Skalski scored four of this number.
Original drawing, format A2 by Vladimir Urbanek. The artist’s website is available at http://www.multiweb.cz/czfighters/
[Vladimir Urbanek, used by permisison of the artist]