Friday, February 25, 2011

S/Ldr Joseph ‘Joe’ Peter Tyszko MC AFC 1919-1965

S/Ldr Joseph ‘Joe’ Peter Tyszko MC AFC was born in 1919 in Nikolaev ( Ukraine ) and educated in Poland . He served with the Polish Air Force from 1938 and came to the United Kingdom in 1940, when he served with No. 301 (Polish) Bomber Sqn. From 1942 he was with No. 24 Commonwealth Sqn, engaged in V.I .P. communication duties.

In 1951 he completed No. 10 E.T.P.S. course at Farnborough and was test-flying bombers which included the Canberra , Vulcan and Victor at the AAEE, Boscombe Down. In 1954, he left the RAF having tested more than 60 types of aircraft and joined Airwork Ltd as chief test pilot.
From 1960 he worked for Cessna as their area manager in Brussels . He was killed in the crash of a Cessna 210 in Sweden in January 1965.