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Polish WWII fighter pilot, 97, dies of coronavirus in New York City

Polish WWII fighter pilot, 97, who flew 100 missions with the British Royal Air Force after the Nazis invaded his country dies of coronavirus in New York City

  • Jerzy Glowczewski, 97, died of complications from COVID-19 on April 13 in New York City 
  •  Glowczewski fled his home in Warsaw, Poland, after Nazi soldiers attacked his city in 1939
  • He and his stepfather fled the Warsaw, and searched for what remained of the Polish army 
  • Glowczewski served with the Allie Forces in the Independent Carpathian Rifle Brigade in Egypt and Libya for a time
  • He then traveled to Britain to become a fighter pilot with the Royal Air Force
  • Glowczewski completed 100 missions with the Royal Air Force and received the Polish Cross of Valor three times
  • He later became an architecture who worked in the United States, Egypt and Poland 
  • Glowczewski last worked as a architecture professor at Pratt Institute New York
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By Associated Press and Lauren Edmonds For

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Jerzy Glowczewski, a Polish-born fighter pilot who flew World War II missions with Britain’s Royal Air Force after Nazi Germany invaded his country, has died of the coronavirus in New York City. He was 97.

He is believed to have been the last surviving member of a group of Polish exiles who joined the Royal Air Force to fight the Nazis. 

Glowczewski died April 13 in a nursing home of complications from COVID-19, his daughter Klara Glowczewska told The New York Times. 

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