A Hero to remember – Captain pilot Mirosław Ferić, a RAF ace in World WW2

February 14, 2020

Miroslav Feric was born on June 17th 1915. He was in the Polish Air Force before the war and was credited with one enemy aircraft destroyed and another shared in September 1939.

After the fall of Poland Feric escaped to France and joined l’Armee de l’Air. After the fall of France he escaped to England and was posted to 303 Squadron when it was formed at Northolt on August 2nd 1940.

No. 303 Squadron Badge

In the summer of 1940 the first Polish squadrons were formed in Fighter Command. No 303 Squadron was the top-scoring RAF unit in September 1940, with nine of its pilots claiming five or more kills.

Philip Feric at his father’s grave in Northwood Cemetery

On August 31st Feric destroyed a Me109, on September 2nd a probable Me109, on the 6th a Me109, on the 15th a Me109 and a Me110, on the 27th a Me109 and a Me110 and on October 5th a Me110.

Feric was awarded the VM (5th Class)(gazetted 23rd December 1940) and the KW (gazetted 1st February 1941).

He destroyed a Me109 on June 22nd 1941 and was awarded a Bar to the KW (gazetted 10th September 1941) and the DFC (gazetted 30th October 1941).

A group of pilots of No. 303 Polish Fighter Squadron RAF stand by the tail elevator of one of their Hawker Hurricanes. They are (left to right): Pilot Officer Mirosław Ferić, Flying Officers Bogdan Grzeszczak, Pilot Officer Jan Zumbach, Flying Officer Zdzisław Henneberg and Flight-Lieutenant John Kent, who commanded ‘A’ Flight of the Squadron at this time.

From September 1939 he had kept a personal diary, which became No.303 Squadron’s unit history. Feric was killed on February 14th 1942, still serving with 303. On a training flight his Spitfire, BL432, broke up in the air and fell on Northolt aerodrome. The cause is unknown.

Feric is also commemorated on the Polish War Memorial at Northolt

Feric is buried in Northwood Cemetery. He was awarded two more Bars to the KW (gazetted 31st October 1947).

Feric is buried in Northwood Cemetery

 

Source: bbm.org.uk/Natalia Jasińska

Pictures: British Poles

Najnowsze LATEST


Exchange rates

PLN/GBP:
GBP/PLN:
GBP/EUR:

Exchange rates

PLN/GBP:
GBP/PLN:
GBP/EUR: