In the footsteps of Nagorski in Puck

Commemorative photo of President of MDLot Historical Association - Ireneusz Makowski and me.

Commemorative photo of President of MDLot Historical Association – Ireneusz Makowski and me.

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Armed with references from Andrzej Doroszewicz, builder of replica RWD-13, I went to Puck to MDL. My great grandfather was trying to get a job there in the 1920s. I arrived at the MDLot Museum which is currently closed due to organisational changes. However, an exception was made to me. I spent many hours dabbling in history around seaplanes and flying boats. So far, the barracks and 3 hangars have survived, although today they serve a different purpose. The fourth hangar called “Black” next to a seaplane ramp has not survived. Another building is standing there now.

Poland regained its independence on November 11, 1918. The takeover of the Pomeranian territories from the Germans began on January 18 and lasted until February 11, 1920. As the first soldiers, Puck reached the 1st Krechowce Uhlan Regiment. A few days later, on February 10 General Jozef Haller arrived in Puck and made a symbolic wedding of Poland to the Baltic Sea.

 Nagorski returned to Poland in 1919. When in May 1920 the Naval Air Force Division in Puck began to form he applied for service. He hoped that his knowledge and experience would be used. Unfortunately, his application has been rejected. Probably the reason for this was that his unit at the end of the war formally became part of the Red Army.

Symbolic wedding of Poland with the Baltic Sea on February 11, 1920 at the hydroplane ramp. Photo taken from the "Black" hangar side.

Symbolic wedding of Poland to the Baltic Sea on February 11, 1920, at the hydroplane ramp. The photo was taken from the “Black” hangar side.

MDL barracks - photo from the pre-war period.

MDL barracks – photo from the pre-war period.

MDL barracks at present.

MDL barracks at present.

Area of the former Marine Aircraft Division at present.

Area of the former Marine Aircraft Division at present.

That was before World War II. 1 - "Black" hangar with ramp; 2 and 3 - hangar no 2 and no 3; 4-repair hangar; 5 - barracks.

That was before World War II.  1 – “Black” hangar with ramp;  2 and 3 – hangar no 2 and no 3;  4 – repair hangar;     5 – barracks.

View of "Black" hangar with ramp and hydroplane canal with the Junkers F-13 aircraft.

View of “Black” hangar with ramp and hydroplane canal with the Junkers F-13 aircraft.

The current view of hangars 2 and 3 with the new façade. There is the Amex company currently located.

The current view of hangars 2 and 3 with the new facade. There is the Amex company currently located.

The current view of the repair hangar.

The current view of the repair hangar.

Three enthusiasts thanks to which the museum was created and thanks to which the events of historical reconstruction take place. From the right Piotr Pomieczyński, Krzysztof Krężel and Ireneusz Makowski.

Three enthusiasts thanks to which the museum was created and thanks to which the events of historical reconstruction take place. From the right Piotr Pomieczyński, Krzysztof Krężel and Ireneusz Makowski.