Overview of the Bohdan Kleczyński papers, 1939-2009

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Overview of the Bohdan Kleczyński papers, 1939-2009

Hoover Institution Archives

Stanford University

Stanford, California
Processed by:
Hoover Institution Archives Staff
Date Completed:
2009
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Machine-readable finding aid derived from MARC record by David Sun.
© 2009 Hoover Institution Archives. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Title: Bohdan Kleczyński papers
Dates: 1939-2009
Collection Number: 2009C43
Creator: Kleczyński, Bohdan, 1902-1944
Collection Size: 1 manuscript box, 1 oversize box (0.8 linear feet)
Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Diary, letters, military and personal identification documents, printed matter, and photographs, relating to an alleged assassination attempt on General Wladyslaw Sikorski, prime minister of the Polish government-in-exile, in 1942, and to Polish air operations during World War II. Includes posthumous collected material.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Languages: English Polish

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.
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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Bohdan Kleczyński papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2009. An increment was added in 2011.

Accruals

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Biographical Note

Wing commander, Polish air force.
Despite wounds suffered in September 1939, Kleczynski made his way to the Polish forces in Allied France. A few months later, he and his comrades witnessed the collapse of France; evading advancing Germans they boarded a British coal ship in the southwest of France, arriving in Liverpool a week later. In England, Lieutenant Colonel Bohdan Kleczynski was given command of the Polish 305 bomber squadron, named after Marshal Jozef Pilsudski. Wounded again during a raid over Cologne, Kleczynski was appointed air attaché in the Polish embassy in Washington. After a few months in the United States, Kleczynski returned to Britain. Hurting both physically and emotionally, Kleczynski, no longer able to fly, spent the final months of his life lecturing in the Polish Air Force Academy in Scotland. He died in March 1944, at the age of forty-one.

Scope and Content of Collection

Diary, letters, military and personal identification documents, printed matter, and photographs, relating to an alleged assassination attempt on General Wladyslaw Sikorski, prime minister of the Polish government-in-exile, in 1942, and to Polish air operations during World War II. Includes posthumous collected material.
The Kleczynski diary, which covers the period September 1940 through March 1943 and is handwritten, is in the form of long, melancholic letters to his beloved wife, Helena, who remained in German-occupied Poland and thus was unable to read the diary until long after her husband's death. The photo album details life in the 305 bomber squadron, with several photographs from the French episode of the Polish pilot's saga.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Sikorski, Wladyslaw, 1881-1943.
Poland. Polskie Sily Powietrzne.
World War, 1939-1945--Poland.
World War, 1939-1945--Governments in exile.
World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations.


Collection Contents

Box: 1-2

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