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  • 24 August 2017

    The Ratoath community gathered to commemorate Flight Officer Bolesław Józef Sawiak

    A special 75th anniversary commemoration was held outside Ratoath Community Centre at 7.30pm  August 23rd 2017 in honour of a Polish pilot, Boleslaw Josef Sawiak. Mr. Sawiak tragically lost his life on Sunday August 23rd 1942 when his Spitfire crash landed in Ratoath following an aerial battle with a German Junker.

    The commemoration also reflected the close ties that exist between Ireland and Poland today.


    The Polish Ambassador to Ireland, Mr. Ryszard Sarkowicz together with local TD and Government Minister Regina Doherty attended the event and laid a wreath in honour of Flight Officer Sawiak.


    Great credit is due to the local Ratoath Heritage Group who began some years ago to record for posterity the tragic incident that befell a young 24 year old from the city of Przemysl, situated near the Polish border with modern day Ukraine. A special exhibition giving detailed accounts of that fateful day in August 1942 is open for public viewing for 5 days commencing on Aug 23rd through to Sunday Aug 26th.

    We present photographs from the commemoration ceremony below




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