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Tadeusz Sawicz, the last surviving Polish pilot to fight in the Battle of Britain, dies
WARSAW, Poland (AP) ' A Canadian funeral home says the last of the Polish pilots who fought in the Battle of Britain has died at the age of 97.
Turner and Porter Funeral Directors said Wednesday that Brig. Gen. Tadeusz Sawicz died Oct. 19 at a nursing home in Toronto, Canada.
Sawicz was the last surviving pilot among the 144 Poles who served in Britain's Royal Air Force during World War II and fought in the 1940 battle.
He is credited with shooting down three German aircraft, and has been awarded Poland's Virtuti Military medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross from Britain, the United States and the Netherlands.
Sawicz has lived in Canada since 1957, and is survived by his wife Jadwiga.
A service is planned for him at a later date in Warsaw.