In 1943 the Polish prime minister in exile General Wladyslaw Sikorski was killed with his entire staff and only daughter, in the crash of a British plane at Gibraltar, a few seconds after take-off. He was returning from a tour of inspection. This is the last known photo, taken on the morning of the crash.
The Czech pilot Eduard Prchal (photo: left, with Mr Irving, at a 1967 event in Toronto) was the only survivor.
The Germans immediately claimed it was an assassination. The RAF flew a Board of Inquiry to Gibraltar to investigate, but this cleared the pilot of blame.
The death of the Polish prime minister came at a very convenient moment for Winston Churchill, whose relations with the Polish government in exile were worsening; and for the Soviet Union.
In this 1967 book David Irving investigates the mystery; he published the Board’s secret report, and spoke with the pilot twice, and with many others involved.
Demand for this long out of print title is massive