6 thoughts on “PWS-26

  1. Wanda Gunawardana nee Szomanska

    Thank you! it is so interesting to see this propeller. Am I correct in assuming it was quite an early one? W

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  2. Wanda Gunawardana nee Szomanska

    Just checked the PWS-26 history – no it was not such an early one! According to wikipedia, it was used up to and in the beginning of WW2 and one even afterwards! I wonder how many were fitted with Szomanski propellers?

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  3. propsadmin Post author

    Thank you very much for your comments! We are almost 100% sure that all PWS-26 aircraft were equipped with Szomański propellers. Almost every Polish military aircraft in 1939 was using Szomański wooden propeller. Rare exception was PZL 37 Łoś bomber equipped with all metal, variable pitch propellers.
    Maciej and Ryszard

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    1. Wanda Gunawardana nee Szomanska

      Thank you. That is very interesting. Is there any more information about the photo, such as when it was taken and where?

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  4. propsadmin Post author

    The picture was taken probably in 1937 or 1938. The information was given by Dorota Żyłka whose father, Tomasz Gabriel (standing fifth from the right in first row), was learning to fly on RWD-8 plane and later on PWS-26. He became a fighter pilot in III/3 Fighter Squadron. On 8th September 1939 he shot down one German bomber (He 111, kill not confirmed). Later he became prisoner of war. Escaped after three days. He was arrested by Germans in 1942. Finally he was sent to Buchenwald concentration camp. He was liberated on 23rd April 1945 by American troops. Tomasz Gabriel returned home in October 1945. He died in 1992.

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