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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

     

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  • 17 September 2017

    Ashes of General Alfons Maćkowiak were repatriated to Poland during a ceremony at the Royal Air Force (RAF) base in Northolt.

     

    A Second World War veteran, who took part in Operation Market Garden and was a legendary instructor of the Silent Unseen at Station 43 in Audley End House and Gardens, General Maćkowiak died on 31st January 2017 aged 100.

     

    He was a three-time recipient of the Polish Cross of Valor honour. After the war, he lived in Saffron Walden in Essex. He taught physical education and athletics at University of Oxford's Westminster College, and was actively involved in social work at Polish Social and Cultural Centre (POSK) in London.

     

    On Sunday morning, Polish Air Force CASA plane arrived at RAF Northolt, where, after a liturgical ceremony, the urn with General Maćkowiak’s ashes was escorted by a military Guard of Honour from the Polish Air Force, clergy and family members.

     

    The ceremony was attended by Acting Defence Attaché at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in London Lt Col Dorota Kawecka.

     

    The Silent Unseen, or Cichociemni, were an elite special forces unit of the Polish army, which was created and trained in the United Kingdom before being parachuted at night into occupied homeland.

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