1896 – 1940
Who was Zbigniew Babiński?
He was born in Sosnowiec. While in school he constructed two simple biplane gliders in 1912 and 1913 in Milanówek. The first one crashed during pilotless tests, while the second one was used for short flights by Babiński and his friends. There is no information available on his service during World War I, but he probably received a pilot's training and served in the air force of one of occupants of Poland.
In November 1918, as Poland regained its independence, Babiński took part in disarmament of German soldiers. He then joined the Polish Air Force with a rank of Flying 2nd Lieutenant. He served in the 1st Scout Escadre during the Polish-Soviet war, as a pilot of Bristol F.2 Fighter. Before and during the Battle of Warsaw he flew sorties strafing Soviet cavalry, particularly on 14 August 1920 near Pułtusk.
After the war, Babiński remained in service, in air units in Lwów, Bydgoszcz, Dęblin and Warsaw, and was promoted to a rank of Flying Captain. He participated in the first Polish air contest - the 1st Polish Circuit of 1922, taking third place.
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