Stefan Teodor Roman Andersz (16 March 1918 – 16 June 2013)
Stefan Andersz joined the Polish Army Cadet Corps in 1932 and in 1938 moved to Warsaw to become a student at the Aviation Cadet School. He joined the Polish Air Force and came to England in June 1940. In December 1942 he was assigned to 302 ‘Poznan’ Fighter Squadron based at RAF Northholt.
Flight Lieutenant Stefan Andersz flew 94 combat sorties and 22 operational flights and was twice awarded the Cross of Valour.
In September 1948, he joined the Royal Air Force and there followed a career in different parts of the world including the Isle of Islay (off the west coast of Scotland), Gan (in the Indian Ocean) and Singapore. His last posting was to RAF Strike Command near High Wycombe.
Before his retirement Stefan Andersz learnt the art of restoring old books and of book-binding. He was honoured when one of the books he restored became part of the collection of Pope John Paul II.
Stefan Andersz is survived by his wife Danuta, daughter Kristine, step-son Andrzej, five grand- children and three great grand-children.