Today in aviation history – 17th August

On 17th August 1890 in Ulanów in Lesser Poland was born Stefan Bastry – Polish military pilot and engineer. During World War I he served for Austria-Hungary Army. At the end of the war he joined Polish Military Organisation. In November 1918 Bastyr made first flight in the history of Polish aviation. After World War I ended he also fought in the Polish-Ukrainian War. Bastyr died in August 1920 in a plane crash (Fokker D.II).