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Monument to Józef Piłsudki and his two daughters: Wanda and Jadwiga

    Jadwiga Piłsudska-Jaraczewska (1920-2014) was a Polish pilot, who served in the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War. She was one of two daughters of Józef Piłsudski (Chief of State). In 1939 she graduated from secondary school and decided to study aircraft engineering at the Warsaw Polytechnic. In September 1939, after the German invasion, Piłsudska fled with her mother and elder sister, Wanda, to Lithuania and eventually arrived in the United Kingdom. She resumed her studies in 1940, matriculating at Newnham College, Cambridge University in architecture. Later she acquired her aircraft pilot’s license, and in July 1942, she joined the Air Transport Auxiliary. She worked as an architect for London City Council from 1948, before she and her husband set up their own furniture design business. She remained in England after the War, as a political émigré. In 1990, she returned to Poland and lived in Warsaw.

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