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This is a specially produced glossy bookplate bearing the genuine signature of Polish Battle of Britain Spitfire pilot Ludwik Martel.

In September 1939 he was evacuated from Poland to Romania, via Yugoslavia and Italy to France.

He elected to carry on to England, arriving at RAF Eastchurch in early January 1940. He was commissioned in the RAFVR in May and from 1st June he was at the Polish Wing at 3 School of Technical Training Blackpool to await a posting.

He was at No. 1 School of Army Co-operation Old Sarum from 22nd to 29th July for testing and grading.

Martel arrived at 7 OTU Hawarden on 29th July and after converting to Spitfires joined 54 Squadron at Hornchurch on 23rd August. Martel transferred to the Polish Air Force on 6th August.

He made no flights with the squadron until 6th September, three days after 54 Squadron had moved north to Catterick. Martel was posted to 603 Squadron at Hornchurch on 28th September 1940.

He damaged a Me109 on 2nd October and destroyed one on 5th October. He was wounded in action on the 25th and was made non-effective sick. He returned to operations on 6th November. On the 7th he shared in the destruction of a Me110.

RAF Battle of Britain Polish Fighter Pilot Ludwik Martel Signed Bookplate

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