The monument stands on
the northern side of the road, about 5 metres off and in front of the house of the farmer who owns the field on which the
monument stands. ‘Ant’ was the inspiration behind the monument, which
he built himself, using a 3.5 ton granite boulder.
There is a wrought iron fence around it with a small gate. It is beautiful
in its simplicity and entirely appropriate and fitting. Until 1989, when the Iron Curtain fell, no official recognition could be given in Poland
The monument was erected
in 1994, on the 50th anniversary of Wildhorn, and homage has been paid every even numbered year since then, involving all
the local AK survivors and their families.
The plaque on the boulder commemorates the event and names the flight
crew, but no mention is made of those killed the following day in retribution. These
five are remembered on another plaque at the local church.
‘Ant’ researched and wrote the script on the monument’s plaque
using the names of the aircrew found for him by Tadeusz, the air historian. He
mentions the pilot as Ted Harrod but calls him a Canadian, then all the other crew members.
He has added a picture of a Dakota flying and it is etched above the inscription.
This plaque was replaced in 2008 by a brass version
with the correct nationality for Ted Harrod and an English translation of the inscription.
It was formally unveiled
by Waclaw Filiks who had been a member of the local AK group at the time of Wildhorn.
There was another Virtuti Militari present at the unveiling also,
in the person of Henryk Jaroszyński (about whom nothing is known!).
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