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Franciszek Jarecki MiG-15 Flight Collection

Creator:
Jarecki, Franciszek, 1931-  Search this
Names:
Jarecki Corporation  Search this
Poland. Polskie Siły Powietrzne  Search this
Doolittle, James Harold, 1896-1993  Search this
Gabreski, Francis  Search this
Stalin, Joseph, 1879-1953  Search this
Extent:
0.23 Cubic feet ((1 box))
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Certificates
Clippings
Photographs
Date:
undated
Summary:
This collection consists of one Polish Air Force pilot's certificate; one pilot grade certificate; one copy of LIFE Magazine, dated April 6, 1953, featuring an article by Jarecki on his flight; on copy of This Week Magazine for August 23, 1953, with Jarecki's flight as cover story; one photocopied article from the Erie Daily Times, September 30, 1985; one photograph of a meeting of businessmen in the White House's Oval Office that includes Jarecki; one photograph of Frank Jarecki, Francis S. Gabreski, and James H. Doolittle; and the front page of the New York Times, dated March 6, 1953, matted on cardboard.
Scope and Contents:
This collection consists of one Polish Air Force pilot's certificate; one pilot grade certificate; one copy of LIFE Magazine, dated April 6, 1953, featuring an article by Jarecki on his flight; on copy of This Week Magazine for August 23, 1953, with Jarecki's flight as cover story; one photocopied article from the Erie Daily Times, September 30, 1985; one photograph of a meeting of businessmen in the White House's Oval Office that includes Jarecki; one photograph of Frank Jarecki, Francis S. Gabreski, and James H. Doolittle; and the front page of the New York Times, dated March 6, 1953, matted on cardboard. Note: The digital images in this finding aid were repurposed from scans made by an outside contractor for a commercial product and may show irregular cropping and orientation in addition to color variations resulting from damage to and deterioration of the original objects.
Arrangement:
The Franciszek Jarecki MiG-15 Flight Collection is arranged by content type.
Biographical / Historical:
Franciszek (Frank) Jarecki graduated from the Polish Air Force College at Deblin, Poland, in 1952 and in September of that year was transferred to the 10th Fighter Regiment based at Stolp. On March 5, 1953, on the day of Joseph Stalin's death, Jarecki flew his Mikoyan & Gurevich MiG-15 from the Polish air base to land at Roenne airport in Bornholm, Denmark, to seek political asylum in the United States. It was the first intact MiG-15 to reach the West. Franciszek Jarecki studied English at Alliance College in Pennsylvania, opened his own machine shop and then went on to establish Jarecki Industries and acquire several other businesses.
Provenance:
Franciszek Jarecki, Gift, 2002
Restrictions:
No restrictions on access.
Rights:
Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests
Topic:
Cold War  Search this
MIG (Fighter planes)  Search this
MiG MiG -15  Search this
Asylum, Right of  Search this
Genre/Form:
Certificates
Clippings
Photographs
Citation:
Franciszek Jarecki MiG-15 Flight Collection, Acc. 2002.-0022, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
NASM.2002.0022
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Archival Repository:
National Air and Space Museum Archives
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/pg2fb360cad-5bdd-4243-9d49-c826a4996c05
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nasm-2002-0022
Online Media:

The forgotten few : the Polish Air Force in the Second World War / Adam Zamoyski

Author:
Zamoyski, Adam  Search this
Gilbert S. Guinn Collection  Search this
Subject:
Poland Polskie Siły Powietrzne History  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 239 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 23.1 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2001
1996
2001, c1996
World War, 1939-1945
Topic:
World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations, Polish  Search this
Call number:
D792.P6 Z25 2001
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_802914

White eagles : the aircraft, men and operations of the Polish Air Force, 1918-1939 / Bartołomiej Belcarz & Robert Pęczkowski

Title:
Aircraft, men and operations of the Polish Air Force, 1918-1939
Author:
Belcarz, Bartłomiej  Search this
Pęczkowski, Robert  Search this
Subject:
Poland Polskie Siły Powietrzne History  Search this
Physical description:
304 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Poland
Date:
2001
Topic:
Air forces--History  Search this
World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations, Polish  Search this
Call number:
UG635.P7 B45 2001
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_627044

Poles in defence of Great Britain : July 1940-June 1941 / by Robert Gretzyngier in association with Wojtek Matusiak

Title:
Poles in defence of Britain
Author:
Gretzyngier, Robert  Search this
Matusiak, Wojtek  Search this
Subject:
Great Britain Royal Air Force History  Search this
Poland Polskie Siły Powietrzne History  Search this
Physical description:
x, 294 p., [32] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 24 cm
Type:
Biography
Personal narratives
Place:
Poland
Great Britain
Date:
2001
C2001
Topic:
World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations, Polish  Search this
Britain, Battle of, Great Britain, 1940  Search this
Air pilots, Military  Search this
Poles  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_630472

The forgotten few : the Polish Air Force in the Second World War / Adam Zamoyski

Author:
Zamoyski, Adam  Search this
Subject:
Poland Polskie Siły Powietrzne  Search this
Poland Lotnicze Siły Zbrojne  Search this
Physical description:
xi, 239 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1995
Topic:
World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations, Polish  Search this
Call number:
D792.P6 Z25 1995
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_486259

History of the Polish Air Force, 1918-1968 / Jerzy B. Cynk

Author:
Cynk, Jerzy B  Search this
Subject:
Poland Polskie Siły Powietrzne History  Search this
Physical description:
307 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Type:
Books
History
Place:
Poland
Date:
1972
©1972
20th century
Topic:
History  Search this
Call number:
UG635.P7 C99
UG635.P7 C99
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_46990

Polish wings in the West; after the September disaster, the battle of Britain, air offensives and final victory. [Translated by: Baryl Arct]

Author:
Arct, Bohdan  Search this
Subject:
Poland Polskie Siły Powietrzne  Search this
Physical description:
145 p. 22 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1971
Topic:
World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations, Polish  Search this
World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations, British  Search this
Call number:
D792.P6 A77913X
D792.P6A77913X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_57021

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