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Szczepan Ścibior (December 13, 1903 in Uniejow, Poland – August 7, 1952 in Warsaw, Poland) was a Polish soldier, pilot, and patriot.

It has not been established what he was doing early years of his life. Most probably, he fought in the Polish September Campaign and later escaped to Great Britain. In 1940, Ścibior became member of the No. 305 Polish Bomber Squadron (Polish language: 305 Dywizjon Bombowy "Ziemi Wielkopolskiej im. Marszałka Józefa Piłsudskiego" ) He was pilot of a Vickers Wellington. In 1941, his machine crashed during a mission near Charleroi in Belgium. He managed to survive and found his way to Brussels where after hiding for nine days he was caught by the Nazi Germans and sent to a POW camp. Liberated by the British in 1945, Ścibior at first went to Great Britain, but in March 1946 decided to return to his native country. There, he took command of 7th Air Bomb Regiment in Łęczyca and in August 1947 he became commander of the famous Polish Air Force Academy in Dęblin. He was arrested on August 9, 1951 and wrongly accused of being a British spy. Ścibior was tortured for many months, then sentenced to death. He was charged with for his service in the Polish Air Forces (Polskie Siły Powietrzne) fighting alongside the allies. His execution took place on August 7, 1952 in the infamous Communist Mokotów Prison in Warsaw. In 1956 – following political changes in Poland – Ścibior was officially "rehabilitated" posthumously. His symbolic tomb is located at Warsaw's Powązki Cemetery.

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