Fokker E.V/D.VIII

n the summer of 1919 journalist Jan Przybyła published a small booklet titled Z Orlich Bojów Lotników Lwowskich (Eagle Battles of the Lvov Airmen), which covered the first six months of fighting for the city of Lvov – or rather, the airmen’s part in it.


The memoirs of Janusz Meissner, the famous Polish pilot and writer, contain the following lines: “Some time ago the stench of castor oil began to drift through the air of the service hangar.

[3d by Marek Rys]

Fokker D.VII – the lethal weapon

So long as a strong man fully armed guards his own home, his goods are undisturbed; but when someone stronger than himself attacks and defeats him, the stronger man takes away all the weapons he relied on and shares out his spoil. /Luke 11, 21-22/.

S.E. 5a

Steadily, the body of scouts rises higher and higher, threading its way between the cloud precipices.

Nieuport 1-27

The aerial combat during the Great War1 gave life to numerous legends about flying machines and the men who flew them. It was a result of passion for flying. For to fly into the sky had been the man’s dream for ages.

Richthofen’s Eleven Jasta 11

The beginning of the Allied offensive was expected any day. Escorted by fighters, German reconnaissance planes were busy chasing, over the front, from dawn to dusk.

Kaiser’s Aces

As WW1 began in August 1914, military aviation was still in its infancy. Headquarters in all the European countries that had commenced warfare were very skeptical as to possibility of military use for aircraft.

Sopwith Camel

The cool morning of July 22, 1918 was slowly awaking. The hum of engines being warmed up could be heard at the advanced airfield, and mechanics were working amidst little Sopwith Camel biplane fighters of 203 Sqn RAF.