Today in aviation history – 22nd April

On 22nd April 1908 a Polish pilot and the officer of Polish Army was born – Janina Antonina Lewandowska (previously Dowbor-Muśnicka). She was interested in gliding since she was a little girl, she was a member aero club in Poznań. Lewandowska was studying in Lviv and Dęblin. She was the first women who parachuted from the height of 5 km. On 22nd September she was taken prisoner by Soviet soldiers. She was kept in Ostashkov and Kozelsk. She was killed on 22nd April 1940. She was the only woman who was killed in Katyn massacre.